WASHINGTON -- The National Tour Association said it is working
with the National Park Service to develop a day-use reservation
system for Yosemite National Park.
The system will be designed to alleviate overcrowding on park
roads during popular summer weekends and is scheduled to be in
place between 1998 and 2000.
Yosemite, one of the largest national parks in the U.S., gets
4.1 million visitors each year and more than 26,000 visitors a day
on popular weekends, causing traffic gridlock on park roads and in
For several years, the park has been delaying visitors through a
computerized "restricted access plan" run by an outside
In November, B.J. Griffith, superintendent of Yosemite, told the
National Park Service Advisory Board, which is chaired by NTA
executive vice president Jim Host, that he wants to begin work on a
day-use reservation system this spring.
Options will be released soon by the park service, and the
public will be able to comment on them, according to the NTA.
"We recognize the extraordinary congestion problems confronting
Yosemite in peak visitation periods, and we want to work with them
to resolve the problem in reasonable and realistic means," said NTA
Washington representative Jim Santini.