Park Pass Information

Yosemite Reservations FAQ

Tenaya Lodge tour bus near Yosemite FallsHaving trouble claiming your day use entry ticket? Try not to fret. We're here to help! Below we've addressed your most frequently asked questions to help alleviate your stress and get you back to dreaming about your Yosemite vacation.

Q: Is it possible to claim unused day use entry tickets if people don't show up?
Canceled day use entry tickets are added back into inventory and are released at 7:00 am Pacific Time, 48-hours prior to the ticket date. Note these tickets sell out very quickly, so be sure to be online and ready by 7:00 am PST. Insiders Tip: A family playing with a beach ball at Tenaya Lodge's outdoor poolLogin or create a new account before ticketed entry goes on sale. You can only add a ticket to your cart and proceed to payment if you are logged into your account.

Q: Are there alternative ways to enter the Park without a reservation?
Yes! There are three alternative ways to enter the Park without a day use entry ticket.

  1. Book one of our guided Yosemite Tours. Your day use pass is covered when you reserve a seat on one of Tenaya's guided Park tours.Dining at Jackalope's outdoor patio at Tenaya Lodge
  2. Public transit is available on YARTS. Reserve your ride on a YARTS bus here.
  3. If you have a Half Dome permit (available by lottery only), a day use entry ticket is not required.

Q: I've done everything I can and still can't get a reservation during my travel dates. What can I do nearby?

Stargazing near Yosemite National ParkAt the resort:

  • Splash around in the outdoor resort pool.
  • Take a walk along the trail between the main lodge and Explorer cabins through the woods and along the river.
  • Enjoy an early morning latte and take in a mountain sunrise.
  • Have a hearty breakfast from Jackalope's Bar and Grill, and grab a packed lunch at Parkside Deli before you venture out.Mountain biking near Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
  • Savor a romantic dinner on the Jackalope's patio.
  • It's dark in the middle of the forest, allowing you to view millions of stars in the night sky.
  • Order room service and take the time to finally read that novel.


  • Sierra Nevada Motorsports 4x4 off road toursRent a fat tire bike and enjoy miles of trails in the surrounding Sierra National Forest.
  • Go on an off-road 4x4 adventure with Sierra Nevada Motor Sports and get immersed in high country fun.
  • Hike to a nearby secret waterfall or giant sequoia tree.
  • Ride a vintage logging steam train on the nearby Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad.

Sugar Pine Railroad steam locomotive near Tenaya LodgeA little further away but worth the trip:

  • Visit the historic town of Mariposa, where you can shop, dine, and enjoy a cold drink at a local brewery or tap room. Click here to see the list of 100 things to do in Mariposa County.
  • Take a scenic drive to nearby Bass Lake.

Keep in mind Tenaya Lodge has a 7-day no penalty cancellation policy. Keep trying to secure your entry ticket, Boats at the marina at Bass Lake near Tenaya Lodgeguided tour, or public transit on a YARTS bus, and you can move or cancel your reservation at no charge up to 7 days in advance of your current reservation. Also of note, the day pass entry ticket system expires on October 31.

We hope this information has been helpful and that you'll be on the road to visit us soon!