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Yosemite’s Horsetail Fall traffic restricted for Northside Drive; permits are required.

The Park Service has decided to place restrictions on traffic on Northside drive ONLY (the Southside Drive viewing area is, so far, unaffected) that will require a permit to drive through and/or park.  Permits and are to be picked up at the Ansel Adams Gallery.  Read their press release:


In light of the growing popularity of the Horsetail Fall sunset phenomenon, known colloquially as the natural firefall, to provide a better visitor experience, and to address safety concerns, the National Park Service will be managing vehicular traffic on Northside Drive in Yosemite Valley. From February 12 to 26, Northside Drive between the Yosemite Valley Lodge and El Capitan Crossover will be closed to unpermitted private vehicular access and parking. If you wish to experience this event, you may walk to viewpoints, take guided tours with Yosemite Hospitality, or obtain a parking permit for this portion of Northside Drive. Reservations for 250 parking permits are available online on this site.

The reservation is not a permit. If you make a reservation on this site, you must pick up your parking permit at The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Valley on the day reserved.

Reservations are free and limited to one per vehicle per day. If you want reservations for multiple vehicles or multiple days, you must make multiple reservations. Reservations are available through this site until 8:30AM on the day of the permit, each day of the event.

Registering for a reservation will require vehicle information including:

  • license plate number
  • make
  • model
  • color.

Please have this information handy before you begin. If you will be visiting Yosemite in a rental vehicle, please check the “Rental” box on the registration form and be sure to bring your rental car contract with you when you pick up the permit.

At least 50 first-come, first-serve permits will be available daily at The Ansel Adams Gallery until 3 PM.

If you do not have a parking permit, you will be able to reach viewing areas on foot. Guided tours are available through Yosemite Hospitality (reservations required).”

If you attend my workshops during this time, we will not be affected, as we do our shooting of Horsetail from the Southside Drive viewing area.

See for more information.