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Here’s how to snag a parking spot in Yosemite

Watch the post-drought Yosemite Fall roaring

Yosemite Fall is the highest waterfall in Yosemite National Park, dropping a total of 2,425 feet. The falls is a major attraction in the park, especially in late spring when the water flow is at its peak and after the record rainfalls of 2017. Thi
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Yosemite Fall is the highest waterfall in Yosemite National Park, dropping a total of 2,425 feet. The falls is a major attraction in the park, especially in late spring when the water flow is at its peak and after the record rainfalls of 2017. Thi

Yosemite officials this week announced that a program to reserve parking spaces at the national park is continuing during four busy weekends in August.

Visitors will be able to reserve a limited number of day-use parking spaces at the Yosemite Falls Parking Area. Visitors who book a parking reservation will have a space reserved until 4 p.m.

This is the second year of the multiyear pilot program designed to better manage traffic at the park. The park is expecting a busy summer season, especially on weekends. Visitors arriving in personal vehicles should expect traffic congestion and travel delays for up to three hours before parking.

More than 5 million people visit Yosemite each year.

“The pilot day parking reservation program is one of many tools Yosemite National Park is using to address traffic and congestion in the park,” Acting Superintendent Chip Jenkins said in a news release. “We are continuously working to improve so we can provide a quality experience for visitors to Yosemite National Park. After this summer season, park staff will evaluate the program and recommend changes based on public feedback.”

Yosemite Falls Parking Area is located directly west of Yosemite Valley Lodge and south of Camp 4 in Yosemite Valley.

Day-use parking reservations can be made by visiting www.recreation.gov or calling 877-444-6777. There is a $1.50 reservation fee.

David Caraccio: 916-321-1125, @DavidCaraccio

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