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Posted by: thepinetree on 06/03/2020 11:18 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 06/03/2020 11:18 PM
Expires: 01/01/2025 12:00 AM

Yosemite Will Start to Reopen to Some Visitors on June 11th

Yosemite, CA...(This is the latest from the Park. The pertinent details are near the bottom of their update..."Yosemite National Park is working closely with federal, state, and local public health authorities, as well as the four surrounding counties (Mariposa, Tuolumne, Madera, and Mono), to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and develop a phased approach to increase recreational access and services.

Click Above for Larger Image from the NPS

Our operational approach continues to be centered on examining each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance and will be regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public areas and workspaces are and will be safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.

Our goal is to continue to provide a wide array of outstanding opportunities for visitors to enjoy Yosemite National Park as we gradually increase access. However, some facilities and services that we’ve been accustomed to offering in the past will not be possible this year due to the pandemic. We continue to work closely with the concessioner on our operational planning and a public announcement will be made when our plans have been finalized.

We are also encouraging visitors to Find their Virtual Park! NPS parks and programs are sharing virtual content on their websites and social media. Check out our wildlife webcams, virtual tours, Junior Ranger programs, citizen science videos, even coloring pages. There are countless ways to #FindYourVirtualPark.

How will park closures affect my annual pass?
The America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass (Interagency Pass) is valid for one year from the date of purchase (or valid for a lifetime if you purchased a Senior Lifetime Pass) and may be used by up to two people who have signed the back of the pass. Due to the unprecedented nature and unknown duration of the coronavirus pandemic, the Interagency Pass Program is not currently able to issue refunds or extend the passes. We do, however, recognize the difficult circumstances we are all experiencing. We are looking into possible solutions and will provide additional information on our website.

What will happen to my camping or lodging reservation if the park remains closed during my planned visit?
Reservations for campgrounds and Yosemite Hospitality lodging facilities inside Yosemite will automatically be canceled, and full refunds issued, if the park is closed during your reservation dates. For campgrounds, If you would like to cancel your reservation for later in the season (beyond the dates we have currently canceled), you can do that at During that process, you can additionally request a refund of the $10 cancelation fee. Cancelled campground reservations will not be moved to an alternate date. (View additional campground updates.)

What will happen to my Half Dome permit if the park remains closed during my planned visit?
Half Dome permits for June 5 and later that were awarded during the preseason lottery are valid. The daily lottery is not resuming immediately, but may resume later this month. Permitholders will receive additional information by email.

What will happen to my wilderness permit reservation if the park remains closed during my planned visit?
Normally, 60% of wilderness permits are available by reservation 24 weeks in advance, with the remaining 40% available in-person the day before the hiking start date. Wilderness centers will not be issuing permits in person this year.

This year, 40% of permits that would normally be available first-come, first-served are instead available by lottery two weeks in advance. Beginning June 11, you can submit a reservation request 15 days in advance of a hike, with the lottery running 14 days in advance. Unreserved permits remain available up to nine days in advance. It is not possible to obtain a wilderness permit reservation fewer than nine days in advance.

From hiking start dates from June 11 to June 25, any unreserved permits that are part of the 60% quota are available at

All permits will be emailed to reservation holders, following required permit education from wilderness rangers."

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Posted on: 2020-06-03 23:34:42   By: Anonymous
Has our glorious leader Mr. Trump ever visited Yosemite, one of our natural treasures? He’s the healthiest president we’ve ever had, he should do Half Dome in a day and show us his physical prowess!

....... oh dang, I forgot about the bone spurs! Well, just build a casino or 3 there instead!

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    Posted on: 2020-06-04 00:44:09   By: Anonymous
    Putin would do it shirtless

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      Posted on: 2020-06-04 05:51:30   By: Anonymous
      What I'm I running for...

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        Posted on: 2020-06-04 06:55:55   By: Anonymous
        The busloads of Asian's going to Yosemite are thrilled.

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    Posted on: 2020-06-04 06:18:30   By: Anonymous
    Sleepy Joe Biden doesn't know what Yosemite is or where it's at. Fingers Joe thinks it is one of the strippers named Yosemite back in the day that he finger penetrated.

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      Posted on: 2020-06-04 06:47:21   By: Anonymous
      If I could wager Trump not knowing the location of Yosemite I’d take that bet in a quick minute.

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        Posted on: 2020-06-04 06:54:40   By: Anonymous
        Maybe he could do another photo op. He would need to clear the wildlife with tear gas.

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          Posted on: 2020-06-04 06:57:19   By: Anonymous

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        Posted on: 2020-06-04 06:55:13   By: Anonymous
        Mr. Trump would love to conquer Half Dome. He would trot the entire trail.

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          Posted on: 2020-06-04 13:52:46   By: Anonymous
          He would have the trots, yes. Not trot up the trail. Have you ever tried hiking with someone who crushes that much McDonalds!? It’s like the fresh air and exercise produces an exorcism on their bowels!

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      Posted on: 2020-06-04 06:56:49   By: Anonymous
      ^^Uh oh, the Joe Fingers guy is at it again.

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        Re: Careful!
        Posted on: 2020-06-04 07:30:53   By: Anonymous
        You libs stay away from Yosemite because of the altitude. Your brains are oxygen starved now and the air is too thin for you there. President Trump is organizing 25 mile hikes in the area and has banned all liberals from joining. Appears the liberals have been pooping on the trails and the following groups of liberals have stopped at each pile claiming they were dropped by ancient "Black Lives Matter" brothers. You libs shouldn't take any chances, just stay home in your basements.

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          Re: Careful!
          Posted on: 2020-06-04 07:41:54   By: Anonymous
          Jesus thats so lame.

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            Re: Careful!
            Posted on: 2020-06-04 07:55:28   By: Anonymous
            A nice bowl of racist dog whistling and gaslighting from our local Trump supporters.

            How they and Trump think these types of comments benefit their position only shows us how ignorant they are.

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              Re: Careful!
              Posted on: 2020-06-04 21:56:05   By: Anonymous

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          Re: Careful!
          Posted on: 2020-06-04 13:50:07   By: Anonymous
          That’s all you got? Come on bro, I’m a democratic liberal and I can come up with better liberal jokes than that!

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      Posted on: 2020-06-04 07:29:44   By: Anonymous
      Fingers Joe penetrated your mom

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