Yosemite, CA — Yosemite National Park, showing its holiday spirit, is offering visitors two gifts.
On Wednesday Nov. 11, the park is waiving entrance fees in honor of Veterans Day. Visitors will also get a discounted gate rate for the fall/winter season. The costs will be reduced from the summer rate (April to October) of $30 to $25 for a seven-day vehicle pass through March. The goal is to entice more visitors to the park in the off-season.
“Fall, winter, and early spring are beautiful times to visit Yosemite National Park,” stated Don Neubacher, Yosemite National Park Superintendent. “We are hoping that the reduced fee during these times will encourage people to visit the park and take advantage of the less crowded conditions and the spectacular seasons on display in Yosemite.” He adds among those are the waterfalls, which are flowing after the recent rainfall in the region.
Park officials note the reduced seasonal entrance fee came about because of public input. On Veteran’s Day, visitors should note that all other fees will be charged, including camping, lodging, and activities inside the park.
With regard to driving conditions within the park, officials recommend motorists carry tire chains in their vehicles during the fall and winter seasons.