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joe&julie81

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Posted: 10/01/19 09:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are going from Fresno to Convict Lake and the most common route seems to include CA 120 through Yosemite NP. My question is do you have to pay the park entrance fee for Yosemite to get through the park to the other side to access US 395 to go to Convict Lake, if Yosemite is not your destination? If so is there another option to circumvent the park and avoid the fee?


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Yes you must pay the Yosemite fee to drive thru the park on 120. The pass will be closed soon until late spring. It is not plowed in the winter. 88 is the most southern pass open in the winter. To avoid the fee you would need to use a more northern pass. Both 4 and 108 are steep and narrow.


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Crossing the Sierras is not that easy, especially late in the fall. I don't like 120 much over Tioga because it is built to NPS standards. It is full of curves and very narrow. I agree about 4 and 108 having similar challenges. Route 88 is my favorite for towing a trailer. Route 50 is pretty good and so is I-80 but those are pretty far north for you. People look at maps all the time underestimate the difficult of certain routes. The Sierra is a giant fault block thrown to the west. The east side is steep and windy now matter where you cross it.

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If you or your wife are old enough, Joe, get a federal senior pass. 62 and older. NO entry fees.


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Yep, drive thru a NP and pay the fee. Got me as I was driving from I-15 to Page AZ thru Zion years ago. $20 please, he says (I think at the time). I am not stopping, just going to Page, I say. $20 please, or you can turn around and go another way. Shelled out $20.

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Posted: 10/02/19 08:09am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good morning...I’d call YNP and ask if it is required to pay the fee if you are Only Transiting the park and Not Stopping! I know that in Death Valley you don’t have to pay if Only Transiting!!!!!

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We did not have to pay a fee to transit Yellowstone. Can't say about Yosemite. I would call directly and ask. Chuck

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To the OP - I don't know how old you are, but if you have a Senior National Park Pass - that would get you through the park at no extra fee.


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Posted: 10/02/19 08:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Don’t have to pay for entry if you go through early or late. Usually before 6:00am and after 6:00pm nobody is working the booth... but you didn’t hear that from me! [emoticon]


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Posted: 10/02/19 08:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just buy the annual pass already. National parks need the money.


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