Tuolomne Meadows Campground is a gem and thankfully only half of the sites are on the reservation system with the other half for walk-ins. Being on the other side of Tioga Road, it is remote and generally only return visitors or those spending more time in the park venture there to camp. At an elevation of 8600 feet, it is the highest in the park and obviously subject to road closure. Generally speaking, Tioga Road closes with the first snow and that can be quite early at this elevation! Sites cost $20 and there are flush toilets, potable water, and of course bear storage lockers.
The setting is gorgeous and there are some areas that are so serene that it's like being in the backcountry. Oddly enough, we had quite a mosquito problem up here. The snow melt was late that year and with all the water around, they were just getting out for their summer feeding. While we saw few mosquitoes in the warmer valley, there were tons of them up here at 8600 feet! We spent those hours in our tent with the fly off, just enjoying the serenity of the area. Well, that is until a bear routinely invaded our neighbor's spot!
Unique Quality: Not only were the spots great but the areas that were part of the campground like a nearby river were magnificent. We spent most evenings just sitting there and soaking in the scenery.
We loved this campground though we had some negligent neighbors that were not good with food storage. It seemed every day they had a bear in their spot and it being so close to ours, we were none too happy with it. We were meticulous about putting everything away after every meal, even though it is a hassle. The bears are just looking for food and not easier way of finding it than some lazy camper who thinks that $20 makes them owner of the forest.
Directions: This is on the eastern side of Tioga Road, closer to the Tioga Pass Entrance station than the Valley.
For all those people who never went to Yosemite NP i should advice what happened to me once i got the East entrance.. i was expecting to stay for a night in Tuolumne Meadows in Tioga pass road just several miles after that entrance... but i could check and advertisement with all campgrounds announcing that almost all were closed or full (in the valley).. so such a disappointment.... i couldnt believe that in late september mostly campsites were closed... and those in the valley full. I didnt know the point based on first-come, first-served that is how it works there or the chance to book online for half of it.. take a look to
Try to book in advance if you get the dates for sure... will be better for you
Tuolumne meadows campground is a great place to camp for anyone! It's huge so you should have no problem with it filling up before you get there. It costs $5 per night to stay there. Dogs are allowed to camp too. At the site there are bear lockers for every site, showers (only when there is enough water), fire rings, trash and recycling and places for RV's and campers to go. A walk away from the camp is a store and visitor center.
Unique Quality: All camp sites are close together, if you don't like to be next to people while camping, this might not be the place for you. This campsite is also one of the very few places you can bring a dog with you.
9005 Ahwahnee Drive, Yosemite National Park
8308 Wawona Road, , California, 95389, United States
5180 Jones Street, Mariposa, California, 95338, United States
6979 Calif. 140 (P.O. Box 81), Midpines, California, 95345, United States
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Address: Tioga Road, California, 95389, United States