Free entry to Yosemite on Veterans Day

In honor of Veterans Day Wednesday, Nov. 11, Yosemite National Park and all other National Parks will waive entrance fees for all guests.

The U.S. Forest Service will also waive fees at most of its recreational sites on Veterans Day, including areas at Bass Lake like Little Denver Church and Falls Beach.

Additionally, the entrance fee for Yosemite was reduced last week to $25 for a seven-day pass for private vehicles from November through March. The reduced entrance fee aims to encourage visitation to Yosemite National Park outside of the busy summer season. The private vehicle entrance fee is $30 from April through October.

“Fall, winter, and early spring are beautiful times to visit Yosemite National Park,” said Don Neubacher, Yosemite National Park superintendent. “We are hoping that the reduced fee during these times will encourage people to visit the park and take advantage of the less crowded conditions and the spectacular seasons on display in Yosemite.”

The park raised entrance fees earlier this year as part of a national initiative to standardize park entrance fees across the country. The park adopted a seasonal entrance fee based on input received from the public during the park’s civic engagement period.

Fees being waived at Yosemite are for park entrance only. All other fees associated with camping, lodging, or activities within the park are not waived.

Yosemite National Park receives more than four million visitors each year, with many visitors coming to the park during late spring and throughout the summer. It is open 365 days a year and offers ranger-led programs and activities year-round. Visitors coming to the park should carry tire chains in their vehicles during the fall and winter seasons.