Rush Creek Vista Point Trail (Matthew F.)Snow Creek Trail View of Yosemite Valley (James M. Hetch Hetchy View (Kim Carroll 3-17.77)Yosemite Valley View at Sunrise (Marcus C.)Rush Creek Lodge Aerial (Kim Carroll)Updated September 29, 2020,  3:30pm

Yosemite is Open & Day Use Ticket Program ends October 31st

Today Yosemite National Park announced that Day Use Entry Tickets will no longer be required starting November 1, 2020. (See below for details on reservations for Day Use Entry Tickets needed for private vehicles through October 31st.)

Yosemite reopened to all visitors Friday, September 25th.

The Stanislaus National Forest has reopened for recreational day use activities, including the trails adjacent to Rush Creek Lodge.

If you’re curious about visibility or air quality, we recommend you visit our friends at the Yosemite Conservancy for a look at their live webcams. Bear in mind that visibility is typically most impacted in the afternoon and clears in the morning.

Rush Creek Lodge is Open with a Few Changes…

In keeping with Federal, State, and Local guidelines for social distancing designed to slow the spread of Covid-19:

Please call or email us at (209) 379-2373 or if you have any questions or concerns.  Our Front Desk team is available 8am – 10pm daily.

Yosemite’s Day Use Entry Program through 10/31

To make safe social distancing possible, the Park Service is temporarily limiting the volume of day use traffic and requires advance reservations for private vehicles visiting before November 1, 2020.

  • It’s best to make your Day Use reservation for “Yosemite National Park Ticketed Entry” online between 30 days and 48 hours in advance at
  • October Day Use Entry Tickets are available now at
  • Last minute travelers: while most Day Use tickets are sold 30 days in advance, the Park Service releases 20% of the Day Use Entry Tickets for purchase within 48-hours of arrival day on a first-come first-served basis at
  • Even if you own a National Park Pass, you will need to reserve a Day Use Entry Ticket on in order to enter the park.  You won’t have to pay the full entrance fee a second time, just a $2 processing fee
  • Park Entrance Passes are good for 7 days, but you MUST use your Day Use Entry Ticket on the first day of that week in order to also obtain Day Use Entry on any of the other days of your Park Pass
  • 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
  • Yosemite’s free shuttle service is not operating at this time
  • If you would like to see/download/print our PDF with key information and step-by-step instructions, click here.

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 the Hetch Hetchy section of the park
  • riding the YARTS bus in/out of the park (seasonally through September 30th)
  • using our NEW bike shuttle service
  • for details and more ways to enjoy Yosemite without a Day Use Entry Ticket, see our “No Pass? No Problem!” insider tips

Although the way in which we access the park this year will be 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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