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Tuolumne Meadows

Explore the meadows of Yosemite National Park’s high country and see its velvety green plains studded with stunning granite domes, Sierra willows and wildflowers.

The Tuolumne Meadows offer a tranquil expanse of sub-alpine high country landscape, carpeted by lush grasses and myriad California wildflowers. Explore the picturesque walking trails and enjoy Yosemite’s breathtaking showcase of granite peaks, a winding river and towering coniferous woods.

Stroll along Tuolumne Meadows’ network of easy trails, which total approximately 2 miles (3 kilometers). You’ll cross scenic footbridges that span the gentle waters of the Tuolumne River. Look out across the wide expanse of green meadows and view the panorama of granite peaks, including the bald rise of Lembert Dome and the jagged summit of Cathedral Peak. See serene pools of the Tuolumne floodwaters reflecting the sky in springtime, when snowmelt inundates the meadows.

Walk to Soda Springs to see a historic timber cabin or check out the tree-studded vista from Pothole Dome. If you time your visit with late spring and early summer, you’ll be treated to a breathtaking array of Californian wildflowers. You might spot rare species, such as the purple webber lupine. Throughout the year, you’ll see varieties of sedge and reed grasses.

Several hiking and rock climbing trails traverse the Tuolumne Meadows. Stop at the visitor center to learn which trails are recommended for the period of your stay. Hike between Lyell Canyon and the meadows or take on a section of the John Muir Trail and Pacific Crest Trail.

Tuolumne Meadows is located in central Yosemite National Park. Access the area via Tioga Road, which has regular closures in winter due to heavy snowfall. The meadow has restrooms, a convenience store and several small parking lots. Stay overnight at the Tuolumne Meadows campground or indulge in a bit more luxury at one of the scenic lodges located nearby. If you visit during an especially wet, marshy summer, be sure to pack plenty of mosquito repellant for your meandering. The walking trail is an easy stroll, but make sure you give yourself some time to acclimate to the high country’s elevation.


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Timberlodge Cabin ¥19,464
Timberlodge Cabin

Timberlodge Cabin

7458 Yosemite Parkway, Yosemite National Park, CA
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Yosemite National Park, this cabin is in the same area as Olmsted Point and Tenaya Lake. Regional attractions also include Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Valley.

    Forest Glen-yw ¥16,277
    Forest Glen-yw

    Forest Glen-yw

    7515 Henness Circle, Yosemite National Park, CA
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Yosemite National Park, this vacation home is in the same area as Olmsted Point and Tenaya Lake. Regional attractions also include Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Valley.

      Brookside Cottage ¥16,385
      Brookside Cottage

      Brookside Cottage

      7201 Yosemite Parkway, Yosemite National Park, CA
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Yosemite National Park, this cabin is in the same area as Olmsted Point and Tenaya Lake. Regional attractions also include Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Valley.

        Bordentown West
        Bordentown West

        Bordentown West

        8041 Chilnualna Falls Road, Yosemite National Park, CA
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Yosemite National Park, this cabin is in the same area as Olmsted Point and Tenaya Lake. Regional attractions also include Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Valley.

          Yosemite Valley Lodge ¥18,758
          Yosemite Valley Lodge

          Yosemite Valley Lodge

          9006 Yosemite Lodge Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in a national park, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Yosemite Valley and Yosemite Falls. Yosemite Visitor Center is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away.

            The Ahwahnee ¥31,908
            The Ahwahnee

            The Ahwahnee

            9005 Ahwahnee Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in a national park, this historic hotel is steps from Ahwahnee Meadow and Yosemite Valley. Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Visitor Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Lake View Lodge ¥12,021
              Lake View Lodge

              Lake View Lodge

              51285 Highway 395, Lee Vining, CA
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in the mountains, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mono Lake Committee Information Center and Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area Visitor Center. Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) away.

                Yosemite Gateway Motel
                Yosemite Gateway Motel

                Yosemite Gateway Motel

                51340 Highway 395, Lee Vining, CA
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Lee Vining, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Mono Lake Committee Information Center and Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area Visitor Center. Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.