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Is there any road between the CA State Route 120 and Sherman Pass Road (Forest Route 22S0) that crosses Yosemite/Serria/Sequoia National Park/Forest?

No. There is no transverse (east/west) road across the Southern Sierra Nevada between CA120 and Sherman Pass Road. There is a lot of space there, but it's very rugged. Roads run up into the mountains ...
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Can you enter Yosemite on the 2nd day of a 3-day pass?

Yes. In 2021, the pass is valid for entry on any (or all) of the 3 days that it is valid for. There is no need to enter on the first day of the pass. The rules were different in 2020, and at that ...
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Camp in a Yosemite backpacker's site with confirmation but no permit

We ended up calling the wilderness center. You can stay in the backpacker's sites as long as you have the confirmation email on you - you can pick up the permit in the morning. Printed or on your ...
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America the Beautiful pass or single entry - What are the admission fees for CA national parks?

Every national park has a different entrance fee policy, but the three you are going to all have the same fees: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: $30/vehicle for 7 days Yosemite National Park: ...
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Sleeping in Yosemite park

Unfortunately, this is not permitted: Within Yosemite National Park, you may not sleep in your car or RV except in a campsite that you're registered to stay in (except at Camp 4, where sleeping in ...
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Visiting Yosemite in December - Will car rentals provide me with snow chains?

Rental Companies Say No to Snow Chains Sampling information from 3 car rental companies currently serving SFO would point to the harsh reality that car rentals generally don't include snow-chains in ...
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How many days (minimum) do I need to visit Yosemite?

Yes, it makes sense even to spend two days in park if you don't do much hiking (and if you do, you can spend even more - there are a few hikes which will take a good part of a day). First, the drive ...
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Does driving from Lee Vining to Fresno require a Yosemite Reservation?

Update: This is no longer current information. See the answer by DavidSupportsMonica regarding summer 2022 reservation requirements. This has now changed as of summer 2021, but only if you're truly ...
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Does driving from Lee Vining to Fresno require a Yosemite Reservation?

Yes, you will need a day-use reservation to drive through the Park. The NPS's Yosemite page contains this FAQ: I am just driving through the park and not planning to recreate. Do I need a day-use ...
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Does driving from Lee Vining to Fresno require a Yosemite Reservation?

UPDATE Spring 2022: From May 20 to September 30, 2022, the Tioga Road will again require an advance reservation in order to enter the Park between 6:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The new requirement is ...
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What’s the closest experience to Yosemite if you cannot get a reservation?

The answer from the comments, at the entrance station, without a reservation, you can get a time-limited pass to drive through the park without long stops, was the correct answer in Summer 2021.
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Where's this pond and waterfall in Yosemite National Park?

The falls are Yosemite Falls, by far the most popular falls in the park. The "pond" isn't a pond at all, but instead a flooded meadow along the banks of the Merced river that runs through ...
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Can I drive up to the General Sherman (sequoia tree) general parking lot in a 30-foot RV and can I park it there during COVID-19 pandemic?

On the park website, it says that parking facilities are still open: Facilities, services, and features that are open: [...] Roads and parking lots. Please park only in designated parking spaces. If ...
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Yosemite and Lake Tahoe Road Trip Assistance

I just stayed in the Camp Curry tents at Yosemite. I believe this is what you want. Note, it's crowded. You will not feel away from everything, unless and until you hike into the back country.

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