Tuolumne Meadows and Tioga Road

Grassy meadow with a winding river.
 

Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature's darlings. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings, Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” — John Muir

The Tioga Road offers a 47-mile scenic drive between Crane Flat and Tioga Pass through forests and past meadows, lakes, and granite domes. Many turnouts offer broad and beautiful vistas. Tuolumne Meadows is a large, open subalpine meadow graced by the winding Tuolumne River and surrounded by majestic peaks and domes.


To Get There

Car: The Tioga Road (the continuation of Highway 120 through the park) is open approximately late May or June through October/November, depending on conditions. Parking is limited along the road and in Tuolumne Meadows. There is no gas/fuel available in Tuolumne Meadows.

Bus: Amtrak and YARTS provide public transportation to Tuolumne Meadows in the summer. Shuttle service is available in the Tuolumne Meadows area. The park concessioner offers a tour bus between Tuolumne Meadows and Yosemite Valley in the summer. Some of these services have a fee.

During winter, rangers residing in Tuolumne Meadows provide weekly updates.


Visitor Center and Museums

Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center(open approximately late May - late September): Ranger-staffed information desk, bookstore, and exhibits detailing the area's geology, plant and animal life, and history.

Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center (open approximately late May - October 14): Offers wilderness permits, bear canisters, maps, and guidebooks; provides information on pre-trip planning, minimum-impact camping, and the Yosemite Wilderness.

Parsons Memorial Lodge (open late June through early September): Discover the human and natural history of Tuolumne Meadows by hiking to the place where John Muir and Robert Underwood Johnson conceived the idea of establishing Yosemite National Park. The lodge is an easy one-mile (30 minute) walk from Lembert Dome parking area or from the Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center.


Activities



Points of Interest

 
Siesta lake with coniferous trees in background

Siesta Lake is an alpine lake located along the Tioga Road to the south, about 13 miles east of the Crane Flat Gas Station. Swimming and picnicking are popular past-times here.

 
Image of campground sign at White Wolf

White Wolf is a campground and concession lodging area north of Yosemite Valley, located along the Tioga Road. White Wolf Campground contains 74 campsites and is available on a first-come, first-served basis (summer only). The area is also home to White Wolf Lodge which consists of both wood-sided and tent cabins, in addition to a small restaurant and general store. There are a number of hiking trails in the area; both for day hikers and for those embarking on an overnight wilderness trip.

 
Picnic tables at Yosemite Creek Picnic Area
In route to (or from) Tuolumne Meadows, you can stop and enjoy lunch at the Yosemite Creek Picnic Area amidst beautiful scenery and alongside the creek itself. You'll find picnic tables, vault toilets, garbage and recycling receptacles, but no grills or potable water.
 
View of Half Dome from Olmstead Point
Olmsted Point, along the Tioga Road, looks down on Yosemite Valley from the east--and from a very different angle. Though you might not immediately recognize Half Dome, it is one of the most prominent peaks you can see from Olmsted Point.

 
People in a canoe on Tenaya Lake

Tenaya Lake is popular for for picnicking, swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, and canoeing. Two picnic areas are available (one of them is wheelchair accessible).

 
Killdeer standing in snow near Soda Springs

Soda Spring—carbonated, cold water bubbling out of the ground—is protected within a historic log cabin enclosure. The spring, near Parsons Lodge, can be reached by a short trail beginning at the Lembert Dome parking area.

 
Sunset over a grassy meadow with a river running through it.

One of the largest high-elevation meadows in the Sierra Nevada, Tuolumne Meadows at 8,600 feet is a popular area that offers scenic views, hiking opportunities, ranger programs, the Tuolumne Meadows Visitor and Wilderness Centers, the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge, a store, post office and campground.

 
Granite dome overlooking a snowy meadow.

Lembert Dome is located near Tuolumne Meadows just north of the Tioga Road. A short but steep trail leads to the top of the dome for a spectacular view of Tuolumne Meadows and surrounding peaks.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 577
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Phone:

(209) 372-0200
The public information office is open from 9 am to 5 pm Pacific time (closed for lunch). Once connected, dial 3 then 5. If the ranger is already on the line, you'll be returned to the main menu. If the ranger is not there, you can leave a message and we will return your call.

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