Yosemite National Park reopening Thursday, with some restrictions

Yosemite has announced an official reopening date, more than two months after it closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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On Thursday, June 11, the California park will once again open its entrances to tourists looking to get outdoors. But before you start gathering your rock-climbing shoes to "Free Solo" up El Capitan, you should note some important changes about the landmark National Park.

Guests will need to make a <a data-cke-saved-href="https://www.recreation.gov/" href="https://www.recreation.gov/" target="_blank">reservation</a> to visit the popular park by purchasing a single-day pass in advance of your trip.

Guests will need to make a <a data-cke-saved-href="https://www.recreation.gov/" href="https://www.recreation.gov/" target="_blank">reservation</a> to visit the popular park by purchasing a single-day pass in advance of your trip. (iStock)

At 7 a.m., Yosemite will begin its phased reopening, inviting visitors to “enjoy 800 miles of park trails and popular destinations including Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, Mariposa Grove, Tuolumne Meadows and Hetch Hetchy.”

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However, guests will need to make a reservation to visit the popular park by purchasing a single-day pass in advance of the trip.

The park will be limiting access to “approximately 50 percent of the average June vehicle entry rate,” restricting to a maximum of 1,700 vehicle passes each day to limit overcrowding. Though, the park did state that some visitors would not need a day-use reservation: those with camping or concession-operated lodging reservations; those with Half Dome or wilderness permits; those with park vacation rentals; and those visiting via local public transit system or with a tour.

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Destinations such as lower Yosemite Fall boulders, Bridalveil Fall area and other attractions will remain closed, as well as parts of the Mist Trail.

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Even after you’re in the park, the National Park Service is still cautioning guests to keep their distance and wear a face covering if there is not more than 6 feet of distance between you and another guest.