Yosemite Wapama Falls Fun (Kim Carroll 3-17.83)Lower Yosemite Falls TrailHalf Dome View from Glacier PointUpdated March 21, 2022, 4:00pm

RUsh Creek Lodge and Spa are open

We are happily operating in keeping with recommended guidelines for health and safety.

May 20 through September 30, 2022, a reservation will be required for those driving into Yosemite National Park  between the hours of 6am – 4pm.

Tickets go on sale March 23rd, 2022

Details are updated regularly on the Park Service’s website, and here are our key highlights at-a-glance, including exceptions to the program:

  • Yosemite Day Use Entry Tickets can be found on recreation.gov and go on sale each day at 8 am Pacific Time, and it’s best to make purchase your Day Use Entry Ticket for “Yosemite National Park Ticketed Entry” online as far in advance as possible
  • Last minute travelers: while most Day Use Entry Tickets will be sold in advance, the Park Service will release 20% of them for purchase within 48-hours of arrival day on a first-come first-served basis at recreation.gov
  • Even if you have a National Park Pass, you will need to reserve a Day Use Entry Ticket on recreation.gov in order to enter the park.  You won’t have to pay the entrance fee a second time, just a $2 processing fee
  • Park Entrance Passes are good for 3 days; visitors will NOT be required to validate at the gate on the first day of their reservation. 
  • Shuttle service is not available in/out of the park right now, but we are actively working with regional partners in search of a solution
  • Yosemite’s free shuttle service
  • At this time, we are not able to obtain passes for our guests to drive their own cars in/out of the park.  Each vehicle must obtain their own pass at recreation.gov.

If you would like to see/download/print our PDF with key information and step-by-step instructions, click here.

Yosemite Hetch Hetchy View (Kim Carroll 3-17.77)You Do Not Need a Day Use Entry Ticket If:

  • Participating in one of our professionally guided trips.  Park admission fees and park access are included in our trips.
  • Visiting Yosemite’s stunningly beautiful, lesser-traveled Hetch Hetchy area in our northwest corner of the Park.  Access is limited when parking fills, so the earlier you visit the better your options. On your way there and back you’ll pass by our sister property, Evergreen Lodge, a local’s favorite since 1921.  Pop in for refreshments and to join in our extended Centennial Celebrations this year.  Happy 100th Evergreen!
  • You have an existing Wilderness permit
  • You have in-park camping, lodging, or vacation rental
  • Ride the clean and cushy yet affordable YARTS bus to/from the lodge to the Yosemite Valley Visitors Center.  From June through August there are 3 stops daily at Rush Creek.  (From May 17th and through September 30th there is one stop daily.)  Round-trip Adult fare is just $14, includes Park Admission, and an accompanying minor rides free with a paying Adult!  Buy your ticket online in advance to guarantee your seat.  Book Now…

Although the ways in which we access the park these days is a bit different, Yosemite is as incredible as ever, and we can’t wait to share an amazing adventure with you.

Yosemite Sentinel Bridge Selfie Fun (Kim Carroll)

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Winter Road Conditions

Access to both Rush Creek and the Evergreen Lodge via Highway 120 West from the San Francisco Bay Area is OPEN year-round, with frequent snow removal as needed to clear the road.  Here are some temporary restrictions to be aware of:

  • Our access to Yosemite Valley, via Big Oak Flat Road, has reopened (remember to carry tire chains in your car, as required by Department of Transportation)
  • Our direct access to Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy area is open
  • The East side of Highway 120, also known as Tioga Road, is closed for the winter, as it does each year
  • Glacier Point Road inside the Park is also closed for the winter season
  • The Yosemite Valley free shuttle is operating on a winter schedule
  • For road and weather conditions in Yosemite National Park, it’s best to call them directly: 209-372-0200 and press 1, then 1 again for the most current information.
  • Updated information is also available on the park’s website at www.nps.gov/yose
  • When driving in the mountains in winter be sure to carry tire chains in the car with you, as required by the Department of Transportation

Let our Recreation Experts Help you!

Our friendly Recreation team is always ready and excited to point you in the right direction for your ideal adventure, whether you’d like to explore on your own or join one of our professionally guided excursions. You can also look forward to great food and company in our Restaurant and Tavern, fun for all ages in our Game Room, relaxing in our Guest Lounge, our saltwater swimming pool and hot tubs, or our gorgeous new Spa.  Email the Rec team directly at [email protected] and they’ll get right back to you.

We encourage you to call (209) 379-2373 or email our Front Desk team at [email protected] so we can be of help in any way.  Please keep in mind that call volume can be challenging at times, so we thank you in advance for your patience.

Any time you’d like updated road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, it’s best to call them directly: 209-372-0200 and press 1, then 1 again for the most current information. Updated information is also available on the park’s website at www.nps.gov/yose

Happy trails!

The Rush Creek Team

We are doing our best to provide the most current and accurate information as quickly as possible, so please check back often. Or stay tuned on our Facebook page as we'll be posting there as well.