These US National Parks are Requiring Advanced Reservations for 2024

Embarking on a grand American road trip is an adventure like no other, especially when exploring iconic destinations within our iconic national parks. From hiking to the majestic Delicate Arch in Arches National Park to marveling at the stunning vistas of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park and cruising along the awe-inspiring Going-To-The-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, the possibilities for unforgettable experiences are endless.

However, planning such a journey to America’s most breathtaking parks has become more intricate due to the implementation of Timed Entry Park Reservations. We’re here to guide you through which national parks need reservations, and provide you with the simplest solution to bypassing this reservation system to enjoy your vacation on your terms.

US National Parks are Requiring Advanced Reservations for 2024

Understanding The Reservation Systems

In recent years, national parks throughout the United States have seen a surge in visitors, leading to overcrowding, environmental degradation, and unsatisfactory visitor experiences. To address these issues, many popular parks have implemented timed-entry or vehicle reservation systems. Here are the main reasons why these reservation systems have been incorporated into some of the parks within the U.S National Park Service (NPS):

  • Crowd Management: Timed entry systems help manage the flow of visitors into the park, particularly during peak summer seasons. This can prevent overcrowding at popular attractions and trails while reducing environmental damage.
  • Resource Conservation: By limiting the number of visitors at any given time, parks can better protect sensitive ecosystems and wildlife habitats. Overuse of trails and facilities can lead to erosion, habitat destruction, and disturbance to wildlife.
  • Infrastructure Management: Many national parks have limited infrastructure such as parking lots, restrooms, and visitor centers. By controlling the flow of visitors throughout the day, parks can better manage their infrastructure and ensure that facilities are not overwhelmed, bathrooms are clean and fully-stocked, and parking lots have accessible space.
  • Visitor Experience: Limiting the number of visitors can enhance the overall visitor experience by reducing congestion on trails, parking areas, and at viewpoints. Visitors can enjoy a more peaceful and immersive experience in nature when crowds are managed effectively.

US National Parks are Requiring Advanced Reservations for 2024


Which Parks Have A Timed Entry Reservation System?

Here is a comprehensive list of which national parks will require a reservation for the 2024 season, including specified areas within each park and when the reservation is needed:

    • Going-To-The-Sun-Road (West Entrance): May 24 – September 8, 2024 from 6:00 am to 3 pm
    • Many Glacier: July 1 – September 8, 2024 from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm
    • North Fork: May 24 – September 8, 2024 from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm
    • Cadillac Mountain Summit: May 24 – October 22, 2024
    • Entire Park: April 1 – October 31, 2024 from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm
    • Entire Park Including Bear Lake Road Corridor: May 24 – October 20, 2024 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm 
    • Entire Park Excluding Bear Lake Road Corridor: May 24 – October 14, 2024 from 5:00 am to 6:00 pm 
    • Entire Park on Select Days: 
      • Weekends/Holidays: April 13 – June 30; August 17 – October 27, 2024 from 5:00 am to 4:00 pm
      • Every Day: July 1 – August 16, 2024 from 5:00 am to 4:00 pm 
    • Paradise Corridor: May 24 – September 2, 2024 from  7:00 am to 3:00 pm 
    • Sunrise Corridor: July 3 – September 2nd, 2024 from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm 
    • Entire Park for Sunrise: Every day from January 1 – December 31, 2024 between sunrise hours (3:00 am to 7:00 am).
    • Old Rag Summit: March 1 to November 30, 2024

To secure timed-entry reservations for these parks, visitors must visit Recreation.Gov. For the latest park-specific reservation information such as when these reservations become available, we recommend consulting the official park website.

However, there’s a simpler way to access these parks without battling for these highly-coveted reservations: booking a guided trip with Good Trip Adventures.


Go with a Guide and Bypass Timed Entries

One of the myriad of perks of traveling with a guide is the ability to bypass all of these timed entries, which typically sell out quickly. With a knowledgeable local leading the way, you can navigate the park’s regulations and make the most of your visit without worrying about entry restrictions, letting them take care of the logistics so that you can enjoy your vacation. 

What Booking a Private Day Tour/Small Group Looks Like

Whether you opt for a private or small group tour, you’re in for a guaranteed unforgettable experience. Picture yourself embarking on a journey filled with scenic drives, guided hikes to hidden gems, and wildlife spotting adventures. 

Our tours include everything you need for a memorable excursion, such as:

  • Round-trip transportation to the national park in a luxury vehicle stocked with water, snacks, binoculars, guidebooks, and more
  • Private, medically trained, naturalist guides with unmatched expert knowledge and passion for the parks
  • Gourmet picnic lunch and refreshments catered to your meal preferences and dietary restrictions
  • Park entry fees, including the $35-$80 entrance pass and required timed entry reservation

Prior to your trip, your guide will reach out to carefully curate the itinerary to your group’s interests and abilities. You’ll spend the day hitting the highlights and uncovering hidden gems away from the crowds; connecting with and learning about the parks’ unique ecologies, flora and fauna, and history; hiking, sightseeing, wildlife spotting, and enjoying additional activities; and making memories for a lifetime.

Timed entry systems may present challenges, but with Good Trip Adventures by your side, you can seamlessly navigate them with ease. Whether you’re embarking on a solo adventure or traveling with family and friends, our expert guides will help you unlock the beauty of national parks like never before.