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Updated January 21, 2023,  9:33 am

Peak Hour Reservations will NOT be required for summer 2023!

Tioga Pass/Highway 120 EAST is temporarily closed for the winter season, as usual.

Access to Yosemite Valley via Highway 120 from the lodge is OPEN.

  • Temporary road closures occur from time to time throughout the region depending on changing weather and road conditions.
  • Tire chains may be required on open roads. Call 209/372-0200 (then 1, 1) to check current road conditions.

NEW for February 2023:
NPS will temporarily require Horsetail Fall Ticketed Entry reservations for Park entry for the last 3 weekends of February, when conditions allow Horsetail Fall to create the Firefall event.

  • If you first enter the Park any Monday through Thursday, your Park pass will be valid for entry on the weekend, and you will not need a Horsetail Fall Ticketed Entry reservation.
  • January 13th beginning at 8am Pacific Standard Time, 50% of February’s Day Use Reservations will be available at Recreation.gov for a non-refundable $2 fee
  • The remaining 50% will be available 2 days prior to the arrival date. For example, on February 8 at 8 am, Day Use Reservations for February 10 will be available.

We update this page regularly, and here is additional information you may find helpful:

RUsh Creek Lodge and Spa are open

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.

Planning a Winter Visit?

The EAST side of Highway 120, also known as Tioga Pass, or Yosemite’s EAST entrance, closes for the winter each year from November through May, depending on snow conditions at high elevations.

All other Yosemite entrances, including our Big Oak Flat/Highway 120 WEST gate, are open year-round.

WildFire Status

  • There are no wildfires of concern in the Yosemite region.
  • 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
  • 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

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.