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Tuolumne Meadows Campground

Capacity: 2,000 People
Elevation: 8,600 Feet (2680.8 Meters)
Length of Stay: 7 Days in Yosemite Valley between 5/1 and 9/15; 30 day park limit/calendar year
Number of Sites: 314 Campsites
Recommended Season: Summer
Reservation Phone Number: 800-436-PARK (7275) International callers use 301-722-1257; TDD 888-530-9796.
Reservation Status: Accepted for 155 sites
Usage: Heavy

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General Description

This large campground lies at 8,600 feet along Tioga Road in Tuolumne Meadows approximately 55 miles from Yosemite Valley. The facility consists of 314 campsites that can accommodate tents and RVs up to 35 feet. Group campsites are available at Tuolumne Meadows. Half of the sites at this facility are available through the National Park Service reservation system and half are available on a first come, first served basis.

The amenities available at this site include drinking water, flush toilets, and dump station, with nearby groceries, laundry and showers. Each campsite at Tuolumne Meadows includes a picnic table and fire pit. This facility is open from mid June through late September, depending on weather conditions. Campers at this site will enjoy easy access to hiking, fishing, backpacking and horseback riding.

Directions from Tioga Pass: Follow Tioga Road westward approximately 7 miles to the access road for Tuolumne Meadows Campground. Turn left in to the campground.

Directions from Arch Rock Entrance: Follow Highway 140 northward to Big Oak Flat Road. Turn left on to Big Oak Flat Road and travel 9.5 miles to Tioga Road. Turn eastward (right) on Tioga Road and drive 39 miles to the campground access road.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Mid-June through September (NOTE: Opening and closing date may vary depending on weather conditions.) .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
individual site/night Call for Current Fee Amenities include drinking wat

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Tuolumne Meadows Campground
ICON Fishing Tuolumne Meadows Campground - Lyell Fork, Dana Fork
ICON Hiking & Walking Tuolumne Meadows Campground - various trails
ICON Mountain Climbing Tuolumne Meadows Campground - various trails
ICON General Information Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center
ICON Rock Climbing Tuolumne Meadows Campground - various trails
ICON Scenic Driving Tuolumne Meadows Campground - Tioga Road
ICON Swimming & Waterplay Tuolumne Meadows Campground - Lyell Fork, various alpine lakes

Related Activities
Dog Lake Trail - This short, easy trail leads one and a half miles to a large, shallow, alpine lake. By late summer Dog Lake is warm enough for swimming.

Elizabeth Lake Trail - This trail provides amazing scenery for a short, but steep climb. It leads almost two and a half miles southward to the shores of Elizabeth Lake.

Gaylor Lakes Trail - The trail from Tuolumne Lodge leads four miles to Lower Gaylor Lake. From this lake four other alpine lakes are accessible.

Lembert Dome Trail - This is one of the most popular climbs in the Tuolumne Meadows area. It leads one and a half miles up Lembert Dome to a spectacular view.

Lyell Canyon Trail - This trail leads twelve miles south from Tuolumne Meadows to Donohue Pass. It is a relatively flat trail through Lyell Canyon.

Tuolumne Falls Trail - This trail leads five miles from Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp. It is relatively easy with a 400-foot elevation gain.

Young Lakes Loop Trail - A long loop trail leads to Young Lakes from the Tuolumne Meadow area of the park. Avoid the crowds by following this trail to three alpine lakes.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Yosemite National Park, P.O. Box 577 , Yosemite, CA, 95389, Phone: 209-372-0200, Fax: 209-372-0220, TTY: 209-372-4726


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