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Posted: May 20, 2021 by Jason Mace

If you are planning a trip to some of the most popular National Parks this summer, you might need a ticketed entry reservation or ticket purchased online ahead of your trip in order to enter the park.

The following are the parks that currently have some system in place and we also have the links you need to make the required reservation below.

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Rocky Mountain National Park Timed Ticketed Entry

Starting on May 28, Rocky Mountain National Park will begin temporary timed entry permit reservations until October 11.

There will be two types of reservations available. One permit will be for the Bear Lake Road Corridor, which will include the entire corridor and access to the rest of the park. This reservation period will be from 5 am to 6 pm. The second permit will be for the rest of Rocky Mountain National Park, excluding the Bear Lake Road corridor. This reservation period will be from 9 am to 3 pm. Permits issued using the reservation system will allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability. The reservation system will apply to all areas of the park.

The passes will cost $2, which is basically the processing fee charged by recreation.gov. You’ll also need a park pass for entrance.

Reservations to enter Rocky Mountain National Park are available here on www.recreation.gov. Be advised, they go on sale one month ahead on the 1st of that month. In other words, July reservations go on sale June 1, and so on.

For more general information about the system and park, visit this page here.

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Glacier National Park Ticketed Entry

Starting May 28, Glacier National Park will begin a Going-to-the-Sun Road temporary ticketed entry system.

Entering the 50 mile long Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor at either West Glacier or St. Mary, or via the Camas Road, will require two things…a Park Pass plus a $2.00 Entry Reservation Ticket or a reservation for a service (Service Reservation) along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, between 6 AM and 5 PM from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Entry reservation tickets will not be required for those with lodging, camping, transportation, or commercial activity within the GTSR corridor. Landowners with property within the GTSR corridor and affiliated tribal members are also not required to have a GTSR entry reservation ticket.

Reservations to enter Glacier National Park on the Going-to-the-Sun Road are available here on www.recreation.gov.

For more general information about the system and park, visit this page here.

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Tioga Pass entrance station
Tioga Pass entrance station

Yosemite National Park Entry Reservation

Starting May 21, Yosemite National Park visitors will need a day-use reservation to enter the park.

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Reservations will be temporarily required to enter Yosemite every day beginning Friday, May 21, 2021. Reservations will be required through Thursday, September 30 or until local public health conditions improve.

If you are driving a vehicle into Yosemite National Park, you must pay the park entrance fee and have one of the following: a day-use reservation, a campground reservation, a lodging or hotel reservation, a private lodging or vacation rental reservation in Wawona, Yosemite West, or Foresta, a Yosemite wilderness permit, a Yosemite Half Dome permit or a commercial use authorization.

Reservations to enter Yosemite National Park are available here on www.recreation.gov.

For more general information about the system and park, visit this page here.


These are just the parks with ticketed entrance reservations at the moment of writing. Many parks have also moved what would normally be first-come, first-served campgrounds and made them reservation only. Be sure to check our park pages for the latest on the park’s COVID-19 Status and for the park alerts.

Some parks also require advanced reservations for shuttles, backcountry camping and other activities.

For more information on the US National Parks, check out the Discover Our Parks page here!

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