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Over the past several years, the popularity of viewing the Horsetail Fall phenomenon has grown significantly with thousands of visitors coming to the park to experience this unique event. Growth in the popularity of viewing Horsetail Fall has contributed to major traffic jams with over 1000 vehicles at one time and has created significant safety issues between pedestrians and motorists.
Based on visitor feedback on traffic and concerns over pedestrian safety, Yosemite National Park is trying a new approach to managing traffic for the Horsetail Fall phenomenon. This year, Yosemite National Park is working in partnership with The Ansel Adams Gallery, Yosemite Conservancy, and Yosemite Hospitality to ensure public access and manage vehicles in the viewing area.
During the event, Yosemite National Park is creating an event zone inside Yosemite Valley, from the Yosemite Valley Lodge to El Capitan Crossover. Visitors will be able to enter the event zone and view Horsetail Fall by walking from El Capitan Meadow or the Yosemite Falls Parking Area, taking a naturalist-guided tour, or picking up a permit to park inside the event zone. Within the event zone, the right-hand lane of the road will be converted to event parking for 300 vehicles. To park within the event zone, free parking permits will be required. 250 free permits will be available through online reservations and 50 permits will be issued on a first come, first served basis each day.
Free parking reservations for each day of the event will be available online, beginning on Saturday February 3, 2018 at 9:00 am PST. To book a parking reservation, visit https://2018horsetailfall.eventbrite.com/. 250 parking reservations (a parking reservation is good for a carload of passengers) will be available for each day of the event through EventBrite. 50 first come, first served permits will be available each day from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Village.
All online reservation holders will need to bring a printed copy of their reservation confirmation in person to The Ansel Adams Gallery between 9:00 am to 3:00 pm to pick up their vehicle Parking Permit for the event on the day of the reservation. Any permits not picked up by 3:00 pm will be forfeited.