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RUsh Creek Lodge and Spa are open

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

Day Use Entry Reservations Needed to Enter Yosemite National Park
May 21 – September 30, 2021

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

You only need to reserve a Day Use Entry Ticket if you want to drive your own vehicle into one of the Park’s four main entrances for a day visit.  The Hetch Hetchy entrance in the northwest section of Yosemite is exempt from the program.

How to avoid the Day Use Entry Requirement:

  • Participate in one of our professionally guided trips.  Park admission fees and park access are included in our trips. Explore Options…
  • Visit 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 Centennial Celebrations this year.  Happy 100th Evergreen!
  • 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 17-31 and throughout September 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…
  • Embark on a wild adventure that includes a Wilderness permit or Half Dome permit, and no Day Use Ticket is required

Yosemite Day Use Entry Ticket Program

  • Yosemite Day Use Entry Tickets can be purchased on recreation.gov
  • Start by creating a recreation.gov account if you don’t already have one
  • The bulk of Day Use Entry Tickets for the summer will be made available for purchase in April and May according to this schedule:
Day Use Entry DatesFirst Day Available to Purchase
May 21 – June 30April 21
JulyApril 28
AugustMay 5
SeptemberMay 12
Last-minute 7-day advance purchaseMay 14 – September 23
  • On the date that new blocks are released, tickets go on sale at 8am Pacific Time, and it’s best to 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, each day the Park Service will release a small batch of tickets valid 7 days out.  They are sold on a first-come first-served basis at recreation.gov and sell out quickly, so be sure to sign up for your recreation.gov account in advance and login promptly at 8am
  • 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.  This year visitors will NOT be required to validate at the entrance gate on the first day of their reservation
  • Yosemite Valley’s free shuttle service is not operating this year
  • 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

Although the way 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.

Happy trails,
Your friends at Rush Creek

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