Permit Information - Yosemite National Park - NPS


For tens of thousands of years, humans have changed, and have been changed by, this place we now call Yosemite. The Ahwahneechee lived here for generations, followed by the arrival of Europeans in the mid-1800s. The rugged terrain challenged many early travelers, with just a few—only 650 from the mid-1850s to mid-1860s—making the journey to Yosemite Valley by horseback or stagecoach. By 1907, construction of the Yosemite Valley Railroad from Merced to El Portal eased the journey, thereby, increasing visitation. Today, 3.5 million people enter the park’s gates to explore. We learn from the stories of those who walked Yosemite’s trails before us, allowing appreciation of their lasting footprints that led to conscious preservation.

Type: Federal Umbrella Agency: Department of the Interior

Carlisle-McMullen, Catherine
Filming and Wedding Program Manager, Yosemite National Park
209.379.1858 phone 1
209.372.0200 phone 2
209.379.1853 fax


It is the policy of the National Park Service (NPS) to allow filming and photography when it is consistent with the protection and public enjoyment of park resources, and avoid conflict with the public's normal use and enjoyment of the park. Aesthetic values such as scenic vistas, natural quiet and dark night skies are resources that we value. We are also sensitive to the environments around our park sites. There are restrictions associated with group size, the use of commercial vehicles, generators, artificial lighting, commercial film equipment, props, sets and audio devices. Commercial vehicles must be in compliance with all federal and state laws and local ordinances. Inclement weather imposes road restrictions and limited access, in addition to tire chain controls in specific park areas.

Call in advance and obtain latest road conditions and restrictions in addition to weather advisories and forecasts at: 209/372-0200 (press 1), or contact the Film Coordinator at: 209/379-1858 or by email. >>>> Aviation Management Plan >>>>
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Use of aircraft, helicopters, or gliders is strictly regulated in the park. Wildlife nesting habitat, expectation of solitude in wilderness areas, and safety are our primary consideration with regard to over flight activities. Therefore, aerial filming is rarely allowed and extremely restricted in the park. Parachuting is prohibited.
>> updated 4.11.2011 / 6.15.2011 / 1.24.2014 / 3.3.2015 / 4.19.2016 / 4.16.2020 lm

11 Locations

Location ID Address
Badger Pass Ski Area 7873 Yosemite National Park, CA
El Portal Railroad Equipment 10028448 Foresta Rd, Yosemite National Park, CA
Gaylor Lakes 10029704 Tioga Pass Rd, Yosemite National Park, CA
Hetch Hetchy Reservoir / O'Shaughnessy Dam 10029708 Evergreen Rd, Yosemite National Park, CA
Hodgedon Meadows 10029705 Tuolumne Grove Rd, Yosemite National Park, CA
Merced River 1749 Runs E/W through valley, Yosemite National Park, CA
Olmsted Point 10029706 Tioga Pass Rd, Yosemite National Park, CA
Pioneer Yosemite History Center 10029707 Wawona District Cir, Yosemite National Park, CA
Tuolumne Meadows 10029703 Tioga Pass Rd, Yosemite National Park, CA
Yosemite National Park 7660 Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA
Yosemite Winter 10037578 Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA