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Tamarack Flat Campground reopened on August 5 and Porcupine Flat Campground reopened on August 9.


Bridalveil Creek Campground, Crane Flat CampgroundWhite Wolf Campground (not opening in 2023)Yosemite Creek Campground (not opening in 2023), and Tuolumne Meadows Campground (not opening in 2023) are currently closed. Tentative opening and closing dates are posted on the national park's Campground pageFor more information, visit Yosemite National Park's Conditions page.

Jul 11, 2023

Tuolumne Meadows

Landmark8,578 ftPet friendly - YesAccessibility - Yes37.8742, -119.35756

Tuolumne Meadows, located within Yosemite National Park, is a scenic destination for park guests (and is generally less crowded than  Yosemite Valley). At 8,600 ft., this high elevation meadow treats visitors to beautiful views of the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River. Featuring a campground, store, post office, and other amenities, this area is used as a starting point for many hikes and also as a resupply point for JMT and PCT thru-hikers.

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Address

Tuolumne Meadows

Tioga Pass Rd, Yosemite Valley, CA 95389

Coordinates: 37.873639, -119.357134

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How to get there?

Drive

Enter Yosemite along Highway 120; either at Hetch Hetchy in the west or Tioga Pass in the east.  Follow Tioga Pass Rd. to Tuolumne Meadows.  

Note: The closest gas station to Tuolumne Meadows is about 20 miles east and outside the park in Lee Vining.


Public Transit

The YARTS Shuttle is an excellent public transportation option to and from Tuolumne Meadows, operating the route when the road is open.  The busses run throughout Yosemite and also service cities and towns that surround the park. 

The Tuolumne Meadows Shuttle provides area visitors with another public transit option for the area around TM.  


Private Shuttles

Many private shuttles operate in the Yosemite area and are happy to arrange pick-up and drop-off from many locations outside the park and Tuolumne Meadows.

East Side Sierra Shuttle

Sierra Shuttle Service

Mammoth Taxi

Mammoth All Weather Shuttle


Geology and History

One of the largest high-elevation meadows in the Sierra, Tuolumne Meadows is a large, flat area along the Tuolumne River, situated in the midst of giant granite domes and mountains.  For an in-depth look at the area’s geologic history, please check out this article by Andrew Aldan of KQED.


Tuolumne Meadows was first used by the Paiute Tribe and the Tuolumne Band of Me-wuk an estimated 6,000 years ago.  They developed and used the present day Mono Trail to move between the east and west Sierra slopes.  The Paiute and Me-wuk lived virtually undisturbed in the area until the California Gold Rush of the 1850’s, when their populations suffered drastically at the hands of the new settlers.

  

In 1869, John Muir visited the area for the first time while working as a shepherd.  Exactly 20 years later, in 1889, he and Robert Underwood Johnson camped near Tuolumne Meadows and talked extensively about preserving the land - they wasted no time and the next year, 1890, Yosemite was designated a National Park. 


Season

Tuolumne Meadows is almost exclusively accessed during the summer months as Tioga Pass Rd (Highway 120 outside the park) closes during the winter due to massive snowfall in the area. The highway is generally open May through November.


The winter closure is usually from Crane Flat in the west to Tioga Pass in the east.  During the closure, the only access to Tuolumne Meadows is by snowshoe or cross-country skis. 


Check the parks current conditions page to check whether Tioga Pass Road is open or closed. 


Additional Information
Facilities and Services

Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center

The center features an information-desk staffed by park rangers, a small bookstore, and exhibits on the area’s history, geology, and wildlife.  

  • Located on the western edge of TM. 
  • Open Seasonally; usually from mid-May to late-September. 
  • Hours are 8am - 5pm daily.
  • Phone Number: (209)372-0263


Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center

The center offers bear canisters, wilderness permits, maps, guidebooks, and the rangers there are happy to provide information about all things Yosemite Wilderness. 

  • About a mile east from the visitors center
  • Open Seasonally; about mid-May to mid-October 
  • Hours are 8am - 5pm daily


TM Post Office

A small walk-up window in the TM Store, this is a popular place to send resupply packages when hiking the JMT and PCT.  

  • Located on Tioga Road, near the east end of the TM Campground.  In the same building as the Store and Grill.
  • Open Seasonally; generally from mid-May to late September
  • Hours are Monday-Friday: 9am to 5pm; Saturday: 9am to 12pm; Sunday: Closed.
  • Phone Number: (209)372-8236


Thru-hiker Resupply Information

Send packages using the following address:

(Hiker Name)

c/o General Delivery

Tuolumne Meadows

Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Arriving by: ‘ETA on hiker’s arrival’


TM Campground

Tuolumne Meadows Campground is operated by Yosemite NP.  There are individual tent and RV sites, group sites, and horse sites available.  There are also wheelchair accessible sites (with easy restroom access) for guests with disabilities.

  • Located a half-mile east of the TM visitor’s center.
  • Usually open from mid-July through late September.
  • Phone Number: (209)372-4025


Backpacker’s Campground 

Tuolumne Meadows also offers a backpackers campground.  This campground is open to all wilderness permit holders (including PCT long-distance permit holders).  Located behind Loop A, reservations are not required though a small per person fee is charged and payable in cash.


Amenities  

Each site contains a fire ring, picnic table, food storage locker, and is near a bathroom with running water & flushing toilets.


Reservation/Fee Information

Reservations can be made for half of the individual tent/RV sites (the rest are left for first-come, first-served visitors) and all of the group sites.  Reservations are available 5 months in advance and are released on the 15th of the month (ie. on January 15th, May 15 thru June 14 becomes available).  Reservations can be made online at recreation.gov.  Horse sites also require reservations, but they need to be made by calling the park at (209)375-9535.

Note: Reservations fill incredibly quickly, usually the same day they are released. Fees are applied and vary by campsite.


Regulations

  • Pets are permitted, except in group sites, and must be on a leash at all times.
  • Fires are permitted in the provided rings.
  • Group size at individual sites is limited to 6 people, at group sites it is 13 to 30. 
  • You are required to store food properly and use the food storage lockers to protect yourself and Yosemite’s bears.


Tuolumne Meadows Lodge

The Tuolumne Meadows Lodge features about 70 high-end canvas-tents for area guests.  Tents are set-up with twin or double beds, towels, a lantern, and a wood-burning stove - showers are also available (for guests only).  

The lodge also serves dinner aside the Tuolumne River; reservations are required and can be made by calling the lodge at the number above.

No pets are allowed.

  • Located on Tioga Road, east of the TM Wilderness Center.
  • Open Seasonally; generally mid-June to mid-September.
  • Phone Number: (209)372-8413  



Tuolumne Meadows Store

A hiker’s corner store selling snacks, ice, beer, wine, some produce, backpacking meals, camping gear, firewood, fishing tackle, and plenty of touristy items.  Note: the inventory starts to dwindle as the season winds down in August and September.

  • Located on Tioga Road, near the east end of the TM Campground.  In the same building as the Post Office and Grill.
  • Open Seasonally; generally from late May to late September.
  • Hours are 8am to 5pm daily.
  • Phone Number:  (209)372-8428


Tuolumne Meadows Grill

A small grill serving burgers, hot dogs, fries, chili and soft-serve ice cream, as well as breakfast and lunch options.

  • Located on Tioga Road, near the east end of the TM Campground.  In the same building as the Post Office and Store.
  • Open Seasonally; generally from late May to late September.
  • Hours are 8am to 5pm daily.



Yosemite Mountaineering School and Guide Service

  • Located in Curry Village within Yosemite Valley.
  • Open Year Round
  • Phone Number: (209)372-8344
  • Email: yms@aramark.com

Yosemite Mountaineering School and Guide Service is the only business authorized to lead and teach climbing in Yosemite, and they have been doing so since the 1960’s.  When the road to Tuolumne Meadows is open, YMS operates daily classes there.  Reservations are recommended and can be made by phone or email.


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