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East Highway 120, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
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Reviewed November 25, 2018

Even in the fall this is a wonderful spot, and much quieter than the valley. We stopped on our second day in the Park to have lunch at the Parsons Lodge.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Bapenj
Reviewed October 23, 2018

The meadows here is beautiful beyond description. You have to be here personally to appreciate the calmness, the peace, the serenity and majesty of the place.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Tay08
Reviewed October 8, 2018

This is a very popular stop for most people. The meadows stretch for miles and you can wander to your hearts content. Follow the river for a while and sit quietly away from the crowds and get great views of the surrounding mountains, it really...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank phil52_10
Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

The meadows provides lots of activities in order to enjoy the wonderful and world famous national park in CA.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank steelriver2014
Reviewed September 20, 2018

What a beautiful place, we know that the view is seasonally dressed, and each season has its own ascetics. We now know what the meadows look like in September. The golden grass flows for miles to the mottled gray hills in the distance. Large groves...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank wmerry2016
Reviewed September 18, 2018 via mobile

Not as spectacular as elsewhere but worth a stop and a hike if u have time or come thru tioga pass. Beautiful scenery especially in the spring!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank OntarioCanuck1
Reviewed September 17, 2018

Tuolumne Meadows is a beautiful place two hours drive from the main valley floor. It is unlike the main valley and is at a much higher altitude. The campground at Tuolumne is a large one with 150 plus sites not including the Lodge which is...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 14, 2018

Most people think of El Cap, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls or the Ahwanee Lodge, all in Yosemite Valley. Tuolomne Meadows is the other Yosemite up high to the north. Here is the land of day hikes and backpacks. It also has some beautiful cabins to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Pfitzgerald1946
Reviewed September 5, 2018

Had to go to Yosemite despite the heavy fires that closed the valley. No smoke at all there (unlike over Lake Tahoe...), just clear blue skies. A much underrated part of the park definitely worth a detour.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank erictabet
Reviewed September 3, 2018

This was only 40 minutes from Mammoth Lakes. There are hikes and walks everywhere. It's difficult to keep your eye on the road with all the fantastic views.

Date of experience: September 2018
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February 16, 2019|
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Response from phil52_10 | Reviewed this property |
From Mammoth you can visit Mono Lake, then up over Tioga Pass, There are plenty of places to stop that offer great photo opportunities, a quick photogenic hike is Twin Bridges. Check that the road is open, as in 2010 it was... More
September 14, 2018|
Response from PacificNWFamily |
Hi Tioga Road is likely to be open, but it might close for a day or two if there is an early season snow storm. Check conditions *before* you drive. 209 372 0200 The amenities in Tuolumne Meadows like the tent cabins... More
Janet B
June 26, 2018|
Response from PacificNWFamily |
Hi This is the listing for Tuolumne Meadows. Do you mean Tenaya Lake on Tioga Road? Then, yes. You can swim in this chilly alpine lake. There are other lakes where you can swim, but none with such easy access. And there... More
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Amanda C
Sao Paulo, SP
Critique my itinerary (9 Replies)
Hi, I'll be going to Yosemite, Mono Lake and Bodie between august 12th - august 14th with my boyfriend and I'd like some help deciding our itinerary. Can you guys please help us? day 1 - Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Glacier Point day 2 - Tunnel View Yosemite Valley Yosemite National Park Half Dome Tioga Road Tuolumne Meadows Mono Lake Tufa Reserve day 3 - Hot Creek Geological Site Bodie State Historic Park Thanks a lot!
August 03, 2015|
Response fromAnitathetraveller|
This works...I guess my first thought is where are you sleeping between nights 1 and 2? Unless you're staying in the valley - and you would have had to book that months ago - there aren't a lot of places to stay around there. For the end of day two, after you have visited Mono Lake, you should stay in the small town of Lee Vining which is right at the shore of Mono Lake. The next day it's an easy drive up to Bodie and then down to Hot Creek. Stay in Mammoth Lakes that night.
San Francisco
Mariposa Grove this weekend (5 Replies)
We're headed to Yosemite this weekend, with the main plan being to hike on Sunday to the top of Yosemite Falls. We were planning to visit the Mariposa Grove on Saturday before heading to the valley. However, with road access in to the grove area up in the air (I think) and with the storms this week, I'm wondering if conditions will be too soggy in the Mariposa Grove. We're heading back in June (with a focus on rafting in the valley and hiking the Panorama Trail) and in July (with a focus...More
April 20, 2010|
Response frommuffya|
The road to mariposa grove is currently closed. You will have to hike up the 2 or so miles to the grove. The tram is also not operating. That is why they suggest May-when the services resume.
San Diego, CA
Tent Camping in Mid September? (4 Replies)
Having not been to Yosemite since I was about 7 years old, I don't remember much about the park. We're thinking of doing a weekend trip (Sat-Tues) in mid-September with our children. Is the weather usually cold for tent camping at that time of year? Looking at the reservation site the following campgrounds have openings: Wawona, Tuolumne Meadows, Hodgedon Meadow, & Crane Flats would any of these be better than others for tent camping and exploring with children (12, 10, & 7 years old)? ...More
July 02, 2012|
Response fromPacificNWFamily|
September is fine for tent camping. It will probably be quite chilly at night in Tuolumne Meadows as this is so high. Today is definitely summer, and the forecast low is 35°F. If you want to focus your time on Yosemite Valley, then Crane Flat is closest. What do you plan to do in the Park? Have you had a chance to read the Top Questions (upper right) yet? In particular, read the info about visiting with children and the summer & fall trip reports. The Itineraries (just below the Top Q)...More