“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.
- Art & Photography (summer/fall)
- Auto Touring (summer/fall)
- Backpacking (all year)
- Birdwatching (summer/fall)
- Camping (summer only)
- Fishing (summer/fall)
- Hiking & Walking (summer/fall)
- Picnicking (summer/fall)
- Ranger & Interpretive Programs (summer only)
- Stargazing (summer/fall)
- Stock Use (summer only)
- Tours (summer only)
- Water Activities (summer only)
Points of Interest