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Tioga Pass

Yosemite National Park, CA
+1 209-372-0200
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Dramatic drive starting at elevation 6,100 feet outside of Yosemite Valley and finishing 47 miles later atop Tioga Pass.
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went thru the pass from East to West and i was astonished by the great wealth of beauty. It was fantastic.

Thank Trainslag
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We just barely got to take the Tioga Pass in mid October before an impending snow storm. The pass is beautiful! Lots of awesome scenery! Be prepared for a lot of height - around 11,500ft. Make sure you are ready to be in the car...More

Thank Sunseekergirl77
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Over 11000feet in steady climbs. Lots of places to pause, views photos etc. Not many toilets coffe bars etc have to wait till LeeV

Thank lowryepp
Reviewed October 29, 2017

I had never heard of this part of Yosemite National Park until I visited & I am glad I went here. The views are stunning. It takes about 3 hours to make a round trip here from the Yosemite Valley.

Thank harryatkck
Reviewed October 28, 2017

When most people think of Yosemite National Park they probably think of the Yosemite Valley, with the majestic El Capitan and Half Dome framing an iconic view that has been photographed millions of times. Yosemite NP is huge, however, and most of it is only...More

Thank gypsyuno
Reviewed October 23, 2017

Tioga Pass, which is impassable from October to May due to snow, fabulous drive up and over to a height of 9945 metres

Thank Julie W
Reviewed October 17, 2017 via mobile

We drove Tioga Pass on the way to yosemite Valley and tried to stop at as many view points and small walks that we could squeeze in. The road wasn't busy and it was an easy enough drive.

Thank CoasterNerdett
Reviewed October 13, 2017 via mobile

Breathtaking drive with plenty of places to take in the scenery . Take a coat as we were surprised by the drop in temperature, especially after death valley the day before.

Thank Dan C
Reviewed October 12, 2017

it was a great drive along the tioga pass, many beautiful views and attraction along the way. enjoy the drive!

Thank Feng L
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Reviewed October 8, 2017 via mobile

Stunningly beautiful drive as stated by other reviews. Gets much colder than we expected, it was high twenty’s in El Portal but snow and ice on the route, plus smoke from recent forest fires to add to the ingredients for the day. But the highlight...More

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November 9, 2017|
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Response from Ty L | Reviewed this property |
The only reason Tioga Pass was crazy at the entrance this year was because of the late opening due to the heavy snow last winter. We are not expecting that kind of weather this year so you should be ok. HOWEVER, Tioga Road... More
August 24, 2017|
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Response from Kendra00 | Reviewed this property |
First of all - I would be sure to check the status of the road - it opened the 2nd week of July this year - had just opened when we were there. There was still snow on the side of the roads - but minimal. I think you will... More
July 18, 2017|
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Response from PacificNWFamily |
Hi The median date for the seasonal closure is November 12th, but Tioga Road usually closes once or twice before that. When snow covers the road, it's closed. When it melts off, the road is reopened. When enough snow falls... More