Please note that while Yosemite remains open during the federal government shutdown, services and facilities are very limited, and certain areas of the park are closed. For more information, please refer to the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior: visit and

As the impact of the government shutdown continues to be felt, Yosemite Conservancy remains committed to supporting Yosemite National Park.

Click here for more information on the availability of Yosemite Conservancy programs and services during the shutdown.

Wilderness Permits

Wilderness Permits allow hikers to travel Yosemite's backcountry

Wilderness Permits

Yosemite Wilderness Permits and Bear-Proof Canisters

For many hikers, the ultimate Yosemite experience is heading out into the wilderness, miles and miles away from any human structures, crowds, constraints or routines.

To preserve this wilderness experience, Yosemite Conservancy partners with the National Park Service to administer wilderness permits. This permit system helps guarantee that each visitor has “outstanding opportunities for solitude.”

Wilderness permits are required for overnight trips only. Permits are not required for day hikes (except for Half Dome).

Bear-Proof Canister Rental

All overnight backpackers are also required to carry bear-proof canisters for storing food and other items.  If you do not have your own bear-proof canister we can provide a rental.

A very important part of preserving the wilderness experience is keeping bears wild. Wild bears on natural diets stay healthy and are wary of approaching hikers. Storing your food in bear-proof canisters and never feeding bears keeps both backpackers and bears safe.

Fees Support the Park

Fees collected from permits and canisters are put to work in the park, in projects ranging from wildlife protection to educational programs.

If part of your Yosemite experience is heading into the wilderness, the Conservancy is here to help you secure your permit and bear-proof canister.

Half Dome Permit Information

Permits to hike to the top of Half Dome are required when the cables are up. Weather permitting, the cables are up Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day.

Day use permits for Half Dome are not available in the park. Permits for the regular season were available through a lottery during the month of March. Approximately 50 permits will be available on a daily basis through a two-day-in-advance lottery. You can enter this two-day-in-advance lottery at the link below.  

More Information about Half Dome Permits

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