Rush Creek Pool Snapshot Sep 9, 2022Updated September 9, 2022, 2:00pmYosemite Wapama Falls Fun (Kim Carroll 3-17.83)
Lower Yosemite Falls TrailHalf Dome View from Glacier Point

WildFire Status

Recent wildfires in and around the Yosemite region do not pose a threat to our area or the majority of Yosemite’s attractions.

We will continue to provide updates as they become available, but here is what you need to know:

  • All entrances to Yosemite are open
  • Small wildfires routinely occur throughout the year in Yosemite’s High Country, however they do not pose a threat to our area and the majority of Yosemite’s attractions
  • Recent small wildfires in remote parts of Yosemite’s High Country have resulted in some smoky mornings in Yosemite Valley , generally clearing in the afternoon and evening.  Other Yosemite area attractions are typically seeing little to no smoke.
  • You can see Yosemite Valley live through the Half Dome Live Webcam and Yosemite’s High Country conditions through the High Sierra Webcam
  • For the latest air quality index for the areas you want to visit, check the Real-time Map on purpleair.com
  • Visit nps.gov/yose for Park announcements and updates

RUsh Creek Lodge and Spa are open

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

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 “Peak Hour Reservations” tickets are on recreation.gov and go on sale each day at 8 am Pacific Time. It’s best to purchase your “Peak Hour Reservations” 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 30% of them for purchase within 7 days of arrival day on a first-come first-served basis at recreation.gov.  Be sure to set up your recreation.gov login in advance and be ready to log on to their site at 8 am on your target day.
  • Even if you have a National Park Pass, you will need to reserve a Peak Hour Reservations 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. 
  • 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.
  • The EAST side of Highway 120, also known as Tioga Pass, or Yosemite’s EAST entrance, closes for the winter each year, and is expected to re-open for the season on Friday, May 27th this year. Visit https://go.nps.gov/reserve for more information.

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.  Round-trip Adult fare is just $28, includes Park Admission, and an accompanying minor 12 or younger rides free with a paying Adult!  (Yosemite’s FREE eco-friendly shuttles will get you around the Valley once you get there.) Buy your ticket online in advance to guarantee your seat.  Book Now…

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 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.

Rest assured that our Chat window is NOT run by robots, but connects you directly to lovely, live human beings who are happy to assist when they’re logged in throughout the day and early evening, Pacific time.

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.