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Which National Parks Require a Timed Entry Pass in 2022?

Starting in 2020, the National Park Service started a Timed Entry reservation system to help control park vehicle traffic. Some of the most popular parks have just exploded in visits over the last handful of years. The timed entry system was deemed the best way to help control some of the most overcrowded areas.

Reservations Needed for Entire Park

There are five National Parks that require a reservation to enter the park during their peak visitation during the 2022 season. Each park has different days and timeframes that this reservation system is in effect for.

For these five parks, that means that you’ll need to have your regular Entry Pass, plus your Reservation, plus a photo ID that shows that you are who you say you are when using said prepurchased reservation.

Timed Entry passes that encompass the whole park all cost $2 per vehicle.

Every reservation needs to be prepurchased from Recreation.gov, and cannot be bought onsite.

Arches National Park

Arches National Park

Arches National Park

Best Months: May, June, November & August
Hours: Open year-round, 24 hours a day
Entrance Fee: $30 per vehicle, valid for 7 days

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Cost: $2 per vehicle
Dates Effective: April 1, 2022 – October 31, 2022
Hours Required: 6AM to 5PM daily
Tickets Released: Tickets are released 8pm EST, every day. However, you can also purchase tickets up to three months in advance ahead of time if you happen to know exactly when you’ll be there. For example, on May 1st, 2022, tickets will release for all of August. 
Additional Details: This ticket provides access for one private vehicle to access the main Scenic Drive within Arches. If you have camping permits at some campgrounds within the park, you will not need to also purchase this pass. The timed entry ticket is only valid for the one-hour period that it is reserved for. Visitors arriving on foot or on bicycle do not require a timed entry reservation.

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Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park

Best Months: July, August & September
Hours: Open 24 hours a day, but the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons may bring massive closures due to snowfall.
Entrance Fee: $35 (summer), $25 (winter) – valid for 7 days

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A vehicle reservation is required for each vehicle accessing the Going-to-the-Sun Road Corridor Vehicle Reservation Area, which includes all points inside the West Entrance Station, Camas Entrance Station, and the Rising Sun checkpoint. This means that while the timed ticket is needed only for one specific part of the park, it is essentially needed for any visitor entering. This road is the main route through the park.

Areas: Going-to-the-Sun Road & North Fork
Cost: $2 per vehicle
Dates Effective: May 27, 2022 – September 11, 2022
Hours Required: 6AM to 4PM
Tickets Released: Some permits are available 120 days in advance. A limited number of tickets also go on sale at 8am MST the day before the effective date.
Additional Details: The permit for the Going-to-the-Sun road is valid for 3 days. The North Fork permit is only valid for one day. Visitors staying within the park with lodging, camping or commercial tour reservations do not need to also purchase a timed entry permit.

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountains

Rocky Mountain National Park

Best Months: April, May, September & October
Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, weather permitting
Entrance Fee: $25, single day vehicle pass

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Cost: $2 per vehicle
Dates Effective: May 27, 2022 – October 31, 2022
Hours Required: 5AM to 6PM for the Bear Lake Corridor; 9AM to 3PM for the rest of the park
Tickets Released: 2 months in advance. For example, on August 1 at 10 AM MDT, reservations will be available for the month of September.
Additional Details: There are two tickets available, one for the full park, and the other for the rest of the park excluding the Bear Lake corridor. The Bear Lake Road Corridor is from the junction of Trail Ridge Road to the Bear Lake Trailhead.

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Best Months: April, May, June & September
Hours: Open 24 hours per day, 365 days a year
Entrance Fee: $35 per vehicle, valid for 7 days

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Cost: $2 per vehicle
Dates Effective: May 20, 2022 – September 30, 2022
Hours Required: 6AM to 4PM
Tickets Released: Starting March 23rd, tickets will be sold for the whole season. Additionally, tickets will be sold on a rolling 7 day basis. For example, May 15th at 8 am PST releases May 22nd
Additional Details: All day-use reservations are good for 3 consecutive days beginning with the day of arrival reserved. Visitors with overnight reservations in the park (wilderness permits, campground or lodging) or a Half Dome permit will not need to also purhcase a peak hour reservation.

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Trail or Area-Specific Reservations Needed

Some National Parks have also started to sell timed entries for popular trails as well. So while you can still show up at the park anytime you’d like and be admitted in, access to these specific trails are only accessible if you’ve prepurchased a reservation.

Costs for timed tickets that are only needed to access specific parts of a park can range from $1-$9 per person or $1-$6 per vehicle, depending on the park.

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Best Months: May, September, June & July
Hours: Year round, 24 hours a day
Entrance Fee: $30 per vehicle, valid for 7 days

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Cadillac Summit Road is a 3-mile scenic drive to the highest peak within Acadia National Park.

Timed Area: Cadillac Summit Road
Cost: $6 per vehicle
Dates Effective: May 25, 2022 – October 22, 2022
Hours Required: All day
Tickets Released: Generally 2 days ahead
Additional Details: A ticket can be purchased for either the sunrise or the daytime. Vehicles may enter the reservation area up to 90 minutes after the time shown on the reservation. Permits are only needed if you plan on driving a personal vehicle to the Cadillac Summit. Hikers and bicyclists do not need permits.

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Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park

Best Months: April, May, June & July
Hours: Open 24 hours a day, all year
Entrance Fee: $30 per vehicle, valid for 3 days

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Haleakala National Park is home to Maui’s highest peak. Watching the sunrise from the summit is the park’s most popular experience.

Area: Haleakala Summit during Sunrise
Cost: $1 per vehicle
Dates Effective: 365 days a year
Hours Required: 3:00 AM to 7:00 AM
Tickets Released: 60 days in advance
Additional Details: This reservation ensures that everyone will have a parking space at one of the four sunrise viewing locations at the summit. The Summit Sunrise trail and experience is self-guided. Those on a commercial tour also do not need a permit. All non-commercial(i.e. personal) vehicles parking in any of the four highest elevation parking lots (Summit, Haleakala Visitor Center, Kalahaku and Leleiwi) during sunrise hours must have a valid reservation.

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Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park

Best Months: June, July, August & October
Hours: Shenandoah National Park is always open, however, portions of Skyline Drive, the only public road through the Park, are periodically closed during inclement weather.
Entrance Fee: $30 per vehicle, valid for 7 days

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Old Rag Mountain has adventurous rock scrambles and 360-degree views from atop the mountain. It is the most popular destination within the Shenandoah National Park. The Old Rag Mountain Loop is a 9.5-mile trail that is challenging and typically takes about 5 hours to complete.

Timed Area: Old Rag Mountain
Cost: $1 per person
Dates Effective: March 1, 2022 – November 30, 2022
Hours Required: 24 hours a day
Tickets Released: 1 month ahead
Additional Details: A ticket includes access to the Saddle, Ridge, and Ridge Access trails.

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Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Best Months: May, September, April & October
Hours: Open 365 days a year, however shuttle service is only running during daylight hours.
Entrance Fee: $35, Valid for 7 days

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Angels Landing is a 1,488-foot tall rock formation in Zion National Park. The trail that made this cliff a popular hike was cut into solid rock in 1926. Angels Landing provides panoramic views of Zion Canyon and the Virgin River below. 

Timed Area: Angel’s Landing Trail
Cost: $6 per application + additional $3 if you win a permit
Dates Effective: 365 days a year
Hours Required: 24 hours a day
Tickets Released: Varies depending on the lottery you enter. There are two options:

  • Seasonal Lottery: (Spring, Summer & Winter) determines group permits for each season. Entry to this lottery happens right before the beginning of each new season.
  • Day Before Lottery: Each day before the desired hike date. Enter lottery between 12:01AM and 3:00 PM.

Additional Details: Just because you apply does not mean you will be awarded a permit. This is unlike all other timed-use tickets. Permits, once issued, will provide you a timeframe of when you can hike Angels Landing. It will be one of these three: before 9AM, between 9AM-12PM, and after 12PM.

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