Horsetail Fall Permit Registration

ALL VEHICLE PARKING PERMITS HAVE BEEN TAKEN.

However, at least 50 additional permits will be available each day at the Ansel Adams Gallery on a first come, first served basis.
 
Even if you don’t have a reservation, you can still experience this remarkable phenomenon.

Viewing areas are within walking distance of Yosemite Valley Lodge (accessible by shuttle bus) and El Capitan (limited parking), and, depending on how ambitious you are, points further east or west.

Yosemite Hospitality will be running special interpretive tours each day of the event.

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In light of the growing popularity of the Horsetail Fall sunset phenomenon, known colloquially as the natural firefall. To provide a better visitor experience and to address safety concerns, the National Park Service will be managing vehicular traffic on Northside Drive in Yosemite Valley. From February 12 to 26, Northside Drive between the Yosemite Valley Lodge and El Capitan Crossover will be closed to unpermitted private vehicular access and parking. If you wish to experience this event, you may walk to viewpoints, take guided tours with Yosemite Hospitality, or obtain a parking permit for this portion of Northside Drive. Reservations for 250 parking permits are available online at Eventbrite.

NOTE: The reservation is not the permit. If you make a reservation online, you must pick up your parking permit at The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Valley on the day reserved.

Reservations are free and limited to one per vehicle per day. If you want reservations for multiple vehicles or multiple days, you must make multiple reservations. Reservations are available through this site until 8:30AM on the day of the permit, each day of the event.

Location – You must pick up permits at The Ansel Adams Gallery, Village Mall, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park. 9031 Village Drive, Yosemite National Park
Event Date(s)  – February 12 to February 26, 2018
Event Time – Parking permits may be picked up from 9:00AM to 3:00PM
More InformationNational Park Service – Horsetail Fall
Horsetail Fall FAQ from the National Park Service
Horsetail Fall from travelyosemite.com

Eventbrite - Horsetail Fall Private Vehicle Parking Permit Reservation

Photography Credits: Kirk Keeler and Mike Reeves

Picking Up Your Permit at The Ansel Adams Gallery

Registering for a reservation will require vehicle information, including license plate number, make, model, and color. Please have this information handy before you begin. If you will be visiting Yosemite in a rental vehicle, please note “Rental” in the space for license plate number, and bring your rental car contract with you when you pick up the permit.

At least 50 first-come, first-serve permits will be available daily at The Ansel Adams Gallery at 9:00AM.

Parking permits are issued by the National Park Service on the day the permit is valid. Permits are administered and distributed by The Ansel Adams Gallery. The Ansel Adams Gallery is an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service.

If Permits are “Sold Out” 

Don’t worry!

Even if you don’t have a reservation, you can still experience this remarkable phenomenon.

Viewing areas are within walking distance of Yosemite Valley Lodge (accessible by shuttle bus) and El Capitan (limited parking), and, depending on how ambitious you are, points further east or west. See below for more details.

Yosemite Hospitality will be running special interpretive tours each day of the event.

Unreserved Private Vehicle Parking Permits

At least 50 first-come, first-serve permits will be available daily at The Ansel Adams Gallery at 9:00AM.

  • Bring your vehicle registration or car rental contract.
  • One permit will be issued per vehicle per day.
  • Chances are it will be cold, please dress appropriately. The average low temperature in February is 30F (-1C).
  • There may be a line.
  • You can only pick up parking permits on corresponding day of the event. If you have a reservation for a future date, permits for those days will only be available for pick up on that day.

Yosemite Hospitality tours

Yosemite Hospitality, which is the primary concessioner in Yosemite, will be offering tours with interpretive guides each day of the phenomenon.

PEDESTRIAN ACCESS

You can walk to see the phenomenon from different areas. Recognize, however, that this happens at sundown, so walking back will be dark, cold, and probably icy. Dress appropriately, bring a flashlight or headlamp. Gloves, warm hat, and lug-soled boots or shoes are recommended, and a walking stick will help maintain balance or slippery trails.

It may be snowing (in which case, the phenomenon probably won’t happen) or there may be snow on the ground. The closest area to walk from is Yosemite Valley Lodge. From there to various viewing points is a minimum of 1.2 miles (2 km) one way.

Shuttle Busses

The regular free Valley shuttle bus will run the normal route, which does NOT include the associated reserved parking corridor along Northside Drive. The shuttle bus stop that offers the closest pedestrian access to the viewing area is Camp 4 near Yosemite Valley Lodge.