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Tuolumne Meadows Campground
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Reviewed September 29, 2009

Loved this campground. The sites are spacious and your neighbor is not right there like in the campgrounds in Yosemite Valley (I didn't like the campgrounds in Yosemite Valley). Most of the places seemed like it was in the shade which is a big plus during the midday summer heat. No showers, but that's the point of camping...to rough it out and live out under the stars for a couple of nights. The roads to the campsite are pretty bumpy, but considering how much snow they get during the winter and the associated wear and tear I wasn't surprised. If you arrive late, the rangers leave a sign at the entrance of the campground telling you where your site is...it's pretty dark (duh no street lamps or light in general) so it'll take a while to figure out where to go and where your campsite is if you arrive at like 11pm. The darkness is great for star gazing though.

Tuolumne Meadows itself is fantastic. The scenery is gorgeous and since it's so high up, it's nice and cool. Also since we went in September, there wasn't as many people. We did 8+ mile hikes per day (Glen Aulin and Cathedral Lakes) and the scenery was gorgeous.

I highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank hana24
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Reviewed August 9, 2009

This was our first trip to Yosemite. It was amazing. It was one of the most spectular places I've ever been .

We stayed in Tuolumne Meadows campground in a pop-up camper. We didn't know there were NO SHOWERS until we got there. That's the biggest downside to the campground. There are pay showers 30 minutes away. We knew there were no hooks up or electricity. Campsite was only $20.

The weather in Tuolumne was fantastic - high 70s in the day/40s in the night (late July). It was so comfortable all day. The camp sites were spacious and we had lots of privacy. The campground roads were terrible and a chore to drive our camper with bike racks through. It took 20 minutes to drive the circle.

Tuolumne is a gorgeous, high sierra meadow. There are interesting domes and rock formations everywhere. We have four young children, and they loved hiking through the meadows. They saw lots of cool wildlife (including lots of deer at twilight). The river is fun to play in and around. We maxed out with the 3 mile hike from the campground to the visitor center to Soda Springs to Lembert Dome parking lot and back to the camp store (ice cream!). It was a great way to spend a day.

We only drove into Yosemite Valley for one 1/2 day. Half dome and El Capitan were cool. The kids' highlight was climbing the big rocks up to the base of the Lower Falls. This was a great adventure for us all.

Ran out of time, but we wanted to see the sequioyah grove at Mariposa Grove.

Also, planned to have a picnic on Olmstead Point (breathtaking stop on Tioga Pass going from Tuolumne to the Valley), but the parking lot was full.

9  Thank cornhuskerjim
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Reviewed April 22, 2017
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  • Stayed: July 2016, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 20, 2016
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  • Stayed: September 2016, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 2, 2016
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  • Stayed: July 2016, traveled with family
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