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Tioga Pass

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Dramatic drive starting at elevation 6,100 feet outside of Yosemite Valley and finishing 47 miles later atop Tioga Pass.
Yosemite National Park, CA
+1 209-372-0200
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This access to the park is really amazingly beautiful. You absolutely must take this route, even if just for the drive. There are areas, even in late spring to early summer when you can get out and play in snow and take hikes and photos....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Doctorii
Reviewed November 29, 2018

We drove our 27ft RV up the Tioga pass in mid November, luckily the snow hadn't come yet & the road was still open. Corners, tunnels, views, lakes, frozen creeks, it had it all - amazing drive.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank mantisalive
Reviewed November 13, 2018

Sadly, Tioga Pass might get missed by the majority of visitors to Yosemite National Park because they're not entering or leaving the park on the east side. That's a shame. The road offers spectacular views as it winds and rises and falls. Tioga Pass sits...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Sowellman
Reviewed November 5, 2018 via mobile

Great views, following the twists and turns of the pass well worth travelling this route into Yosemite.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank phillipdownham
Reviewed October 29, 2018

There is nothing better than the high country of Yosemite and the Tioga Pass road takes you right through the middle of it. Beautiful meadows, high granite domes, dark blue lakes and rushing streams. Steep deep canyons and expansive views. Photo opportunities all over the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Richard R
Reviewed October 27, 2018

If this is the road that goes over the valley, route 120 it is well worth spending the day. Pack a lunch there are beautiful turn offs about an hour in. Two of the highest peaks in the Sierra Nevadas are along this route. If...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Barbara B
Reviewed October 17, 2018 via mobile

We stayed at the Tioga Lodge at Mono Lake (which was fantastic btw) and went up the Tioga Pass in the early morning and it was amazing! The road has many curves, but in the early morning there wasn’t much traffic. There are a few...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 293katrinr
Reviewed October 16, 2018

Such a beautiful drive over Tioga Pass--something for everyone, photographers, geology freaks, hikers, lake lovers.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank sherylfu
Reviewed October 10, 2018

The Tioga Pass drive is definitely worthwhile. For one thing, it gets you away from the crowds in the Valley. And it's the only road into the Park from the east. It closes in the winter, but it's great in early October. We went for...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank putnik123
Reviewed October 7, 2018

If going to Yosemite or leaving plan time to drive over the pass. The drive down Hwy. 395 from Tahoe is a wonderful way to get to Tioga Pass. It's only open parts of the year so check ahead of time. There a stunning views...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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December 28, 2018|
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Response from Socalicouple | Reviewed this property |
In all likelihood yes it will be closed. You can check the Yosemite web site for info and opening dates.
June 10, 2018|
Response from PacificNWFamily |
Hi This route is just highways. It's safe to drive in a regular passenger car. Please ask about Yosemite on the Yosemite forum page. Start with the relevant topics in the Top Questions on that forum, especially the... More
June 10, 2018|
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Response from PacificNWFamily |
Hi I highly recommend using the TripAdvisor forum for Yosemite. There is a topic in the Top Questions about this scenic drive via Tioga Pass. There is a topic about lodging. And folks on the forum can help you with... More