Tuolumne Meadows Campground Yosemite

The Tuolumne Meadows Campground in Yosemite is located on the Tioga Road at an elevation of 8600 feet. The high elevation of this campground means it’s only open from July through late September. The opening and closing date is approximate and depends on the weather. To find the campground you can drive the last 7 miles from the Tioga Pass entrance on the Tioga Pass Road also known as California Highway 120.

The campsites at Tuolumne Meadows are bigger than most Yosemite campsites and have beautiful surroundings. Most sites are shaded by pine trees. You can see popular Cathedral, Lembert and Unicorn peaks nearby. There are multiple hiking excursions available from the campground including a climb up to Lembert Dome. This hike goes to an altitude of 9450 feet and takes about 3 miles round trip. There is also a gentle hike to nearby Parsons Lodge, as well as a hike to Elizabeth Lake.

Half of the Tuolumne Meadows Campsites are available on a first come, first serve basis. The other half of the sites are online reservation only. Tuolumne Meadows campsites cost $20 per night with a maximum of six people per site. Seven group campsites are available for 13 to 30 people at a cost of $40 a night. There are also four horse sites available at a cost of $25 per night. In total there are 304 campsites available plus the group and horse sites. Every campsite has a picnic table, bear locker, and fire ring. There’s also potable water nearby as well as bathrooms with flushing toilets.

While visiting this campsite I’ve had many bear sightings. I’ve personally witnessed bears tearing campsites apart in their search for food. It’s very important to always store your food in a bear locker to avoid unwanted bear aggression and loss of property. I’ve noticed this site can also have a big mosquito problem. Make sure to bring clothing that can protect you from mosquitoes, as well as bug repellent to help ward off the bulk of them.

Map of Tuolumne Meadows

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Tuolumne Meadows Campground
Number of Campsites: 304 (plus 7 group sites and 4 horse sites)
Location: Tioga Road at Tuolumne Meadows
Elevation: 8,600 ft
Max People Per Site: 6 people per site
Facilities: Yes
Dump station: West of Campsite
Grocery Store: Tuolumne Meadows store
Showers: In Yosemite Valley
Pets: Allowed in regular sites
Trailers and RV’s: Up to 35 ft  in tent sites, no trailers in group sites, 27 ft limit for horse sites
Open: Approx. July through late September
Reservations: Yes for 1/2 the sites
Cost: $20 tent sites, $25 horse sites, $40 for group sites
Phone: 877/444-6777

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One thought on “Tuolumne Meadows Campground Yosemite

  1. Adeline

    Tuolumne is beautiful for sure…. but there’s a reason people walk around with their head and face covered with mesh mosquito hats. Unaware that it’s metropolitan city for mosquitoes, I didn’t bring any covering and although the weather was quite comfortable in July (shorts/jeans and t-shirt), I stayed bundled in my hooded jacket to keep the bites to a minimum.

    The nice part is that the people are even friendlier, and more fascinating, than the mosquitoes. Apparently, Tuolumne is one of the best places for fly fishing, as I met a couple of men who make it their location for their yearly fly-fishing expedition.
    I also met a man who started in Oregon and was hiking along the Pacific Crest Trail, which runs right through Tuolumne.

    As for car camping, the sites are really big and nicely secluded. We decided to chance it and head in without a reservation, since half of it is by reservation and the other half first-come-first-served. We arrived at 2pm and there were quite a few left, but filled by dusk. I also saw tent cabins (with mesh covering the outside sitting area) there too.


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