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Which National Parks Will Require a Reservation in 2024?

There are plenty of reasons to book Yellowstone, Grand Teton, or Utah 5 national park tours from Utah Luxury Tours. One big reason is that all of the logistics of visiting national parks, state parks, and other destinations is handled for you. This means not having to research or book hotels, choose which route you’ll travel, or deal with making reservations for tours and other activities.

And in 2024, it also means not having to deal with—or even know about—new reservation requirements in the national parks that you’ll be visiting.

Several popular national parks will be requiring a reservation in 2024. These can make visiting those parks a little more difficult, and require some pre-planning, especially if you plan to visit during the summer or around the holidays.

But when you book Utah 5 national park tours with Utah Luxury Tours, you won’t have to worry about these reservations. If you’re dreaming of visiting a national park in 2024, keep reading. We’re breaking down which national parks will require a reservation, and how Utah Luxury Tours’ Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Utah 5 national park tours can help make traveling to these parks a breeze.

Arches National Park

Utah is home to five incredible national parks, often referred to as the Mighty 5. The Mighty 5 include Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef National Park. 

All five national parks are popular, though a few are more popular than the rest. Zion tops the list. In fact, it was the third most-visited national park in the country in 2022. Bryce Canyon is the second most-visited in the state, as well as the 15th most-visited in the country.

Despite being the third most-visited national park in Utah, Arches National Park is the only one of the Mighty 5 to require a reservation to visit in 2024. The popularity of Moab, Utah, located just outside of the park, Arches smaller size, and the fact that just a few trails attract most visitors, led the National Park Service to implement a reservation system in 2023. 

From April 1, 2024 to October 31, 2024, guests hoping to enter Arches will need to reserve a timed entry ticket. You can reserve a ticket online starting three months in advance of the start of the month that you plan to visit. Tickets are free, but there is a $2 processing fee. 

Getting a ticket for popular dates like the middle of summer and holiday weekends can be tough. But when you book Utah 5 national park tours with Utah Luxury Tours, you won’t need to worry about getting a reservation—our expert tour planners and guides take care of this for you! Whether you want to skip the hassle of getting a reservation or are trying to plan a last-minute trip, our guided tours are a great option.

Glacier National Park 

Glacier National Park’s reservation system is unique in that guests only need to reserve a ticket to drive on the west side of Going-to-the-Sun Road and North Fork between the hours of 6 a.m. and 3 p.m., from July 1, 2024, to September 8, 2024.

You can reserve your vehicle reservation online starting 120 days before your arrival date. Next-day reservations are also available at 7 p.m. MDT each day, and provide a limited number of vehicle reservations for the following day.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Like Arches, Rocky Mountain National Park launched a pilot reservation system in 2023 to help combat crowding in the park. There will be two types of reservations available for the park in 2024. 

The first is a permit for the popular Bear Lake Corridor. This permit provides access to both the Bear Lake Corridor, as well as the rest of the park. This reservation is required in both areas between 5 a.m. and 6 p.m. from May 24, 2024 through October 20, 2024.

The second permit provides access to the rest of the park, excluding the Bear Lake Corridor. This reservation, or the first reservation, is required to access any part of Rocky Mountain National Park between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily from May 24 through October 15.

Permits are free, but there is a $2 processing fee to obtain one online. You can get a reservation online on a rolling basis throughout the year. The online reservation system will open on Monday, May 1 at 8 a.m. MT.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is the final park that will require reservations to enter for some part of 2024. In Yosemite, you’ll need a permit to drive into Yosemite for the following periods in 2024:

  • 24 hours a day on Saturdays, Sundays, and on Washington’s Birthday (Monday, February 19) from February 10 through 25
  • From 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and on two holidays (May 27 and June 19) from April 13 through June 30
  • From 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from July 1 through August 16
  • From 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays (September 2 and October 14) from August 17 through October 27

You can reserve your permit online ahead of your visit.

Booking Utah 5 National Park Tours

Having to get a reservation can make visiting these national parks difficult. But with our Utah 5 national park tours, you won’t need to worry about reservations, hotel bookings, tours, or anything else. Every detail of your trip is handled for you, so you can focus on enjoying your adventure!

While you won’t need a reservation to visit the park, it’s still a great idea to book our Yellowstone small group tours. Like the national parks on this list, Yellowstone sees heavy crowds during the summer months. With a tour from Utah Luxury Tours, your experienced guide will help you hit the highlights as well as the overlooked spots so that even during the busiest times of year you won’t be stuck in crowds and lines.

Ready to see for yourself what sets our Yellowstone and Utah travel packages apart? Check out our Mighty 5 Scheduled Departure Tours today to reserve one of our 2024 trips!

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