These National Parks Will Require Reservations in 2024

Planning a trip to some of the most popular national parks next year? You’ll need to make reservations ahead of time. To manage crowds and preserve the natural beauty of these parks, several will be reintroducing or continuing their timed reservation systems in 2024.

  • Overcrowding and Congestion: National parks are more popular than ever, which means crowded trails, packed parking lots, and a diminished experience for visitors. Overcrowding not only affects your enjoyment but also puts pressure on the park’s environment.
  • The Frustration of Unplanned Visits: Imagine driving hours to reach a stunning national park only to be turned away because you didn’t know you needed a reservation. The disappointment and frustration can ruin your plans and waste valuable vacation time.
  • Plan Ahead with Reservations: To avoid these hassles, make sure to secure your reservations online through Here’s a rundown of the parks requiring reservations in 2024 and how to secure your spot:

Arches National Park

Starting April 1, 2024, Arches National Park will reintroduce a reservation system similar to last year’s model. Reservations are released in monthly blocks three months in advance, allowing entry during a one-hour window. Once inside, you can stay as long as you like. The reservation itself is free, but there’s a $2 processing fee on

Glacier National Park

From May 24, 2024, Glacier National Park will require reservations for the west side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road and North Fork. Starting July 1, reservations will also be needed for the Many Glacier Valley. Unlike previous years, reservations in 2024 will be valid for just one day, making more slots available. Access to Apgar Village does not require a reservation. As with other parks, reservations are free except for the $2 processing fee.

Mount Rainier National Park

Timed entry reservations will be needed for two areas in Mount Rainier National Park: the Paradise Corridor (starting May 24) and the Sunrise Corridor (starting July 3). Reservations will be necessary from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. but are not required outside these hours. Booking opens on February 21 for the Paradise Corridor and April 1 for both areas, with a $2 processing fee.

Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park has made the Old Rag Mountain ticketing system permanent. Starting March 1, 2024, visitors will need a day-use ticket in addition to a park entrance pass. Only 800 day-use tickets are available each day, released 30 days and 5 days in advance. Tickets cost $2 and go on sale February 17.

Rocky Mountain National Park

On May 24, Rocky Mountain National Park will bring back its reservation system. Visitors will need timed permits for both the Bear Lake Road Corridor and the rest of the park. Entry is allowed within two-hour windows without a set departure time. Reservations are free but come with a $2 processing fee.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite will enhance its reservation system with the “Peak Hours Plus” program. Reservations are required between 5 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekends from April 13 to June 30, daily from July 1 to August 16, and weekends from August 17 to October 27. Two types of reservations will be available: full-day access or entry afternoon. Reservations are also required on select weekends in February. The fee is $2 per day-use reservation.

Zion National Park

Zion will continue to require reservations for hiking the popular Angels Landing. The park uses a lottery system with rolling release dates starting January 1. Each permit costs $3 per person.

By planning ahead and securing your reservations, you can ensure a smoother, more enjoyable visit to these beautiful national parks in 2024. Avoid the stress of overcrowding and make the most of your adventure by booking early on

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