Updated November 29, 2023,  10:00 am

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Firefall Park Reservations: 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.

  • Beginning at 8am Pacific Time on Friday, December 1st, 50% of Horsetail Fall Ticketed Entry reservations will be available on recreation.gov for all 3 weekends.
  • The remaining 50% of reservations will be available on recreation.gov 2-days prior to reservation date.  For example, on February 8th at 8am, reservations will be available for entry on February 10th.
  • You do not need to reserve Horsetail Fall Ticketed Entry if you are:

For more details and to reserve your Horsetail Fall Day-Use Reservation, please visit recreation.gov.

  • For traffic alerts and updates from the National Park Service text YNPTRAFFIC to 333111
  • Purchase Yosemite’s new Digital Park Pass before you visit for a swift gate entry at recreation.gov.
  • Glacier Point Road is TEMPORARILY CLOSED
  • Tioga Pass/Highway 120 EAST of Crane Flat is closed for the 2023 winter season.
  • Get an early start on holiday weekends! To avoid long lines at the entrance and to find parking, we recommend leaving before 8am.
  • If you don’t want to adventure out on your own, join on of our professionally guided excursions. For more details you can speak with our Recreation team at (209) 379-2373 extension 1521, or email [email protected].
  • For ideas of where to adventure locally, check out our new blog post 15 Local Attraction and Activities at Rush Creek Lodge and Visit Tuolumne’s 21 Things To Do in Tuolumne County 
  • Access to the lodge via Highway 120 West is OPEN
  • Temporary road closures occur from time to time throughout the region depending on changing weather and road conditions.
  • Call 209/372-0200 (then 1, 1) to check current road conditions.

Wildfire Status

    • There are no significant 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
    • Smoky air conditions usually clear by the afternoon. 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

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?Yosemite Valley View (Tyler Glass)

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 or June, depending on snow conditions at high elevations. All other entrances, including ours, are open year round.

Happy trails!

The Rush Creek Team

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