Tuolumne Meadows Campground in Yosemite National Park, California may be one of the most beautiful campgrounds we have spent time in.
Located off of the Tioga Road the Tuolumne Meadows Campground offers direct access to the Tuolumne Meadows area right across the street.
Tuolumne Meadows Campground is the largest campground within Yosemite National Park with 304 sites.
Tuolumne Meadows Campground - Yosemite National Park
Tuolumne Meadows Campground is undergoing a major rehabilitation project and will remain closed in 2022 and 2023 (and possibly 2024/2025, depending on weather/length of construction season).
Changes being made to the campground -
- Improved and simplified road system
- Rehabilitated restrooms, with two new restrooms added
- Redesigned campsites with hardened parking pads
- Seventeen campsites relocated from along the river in A loop to an area away from the river (no change in the total number of campsites in the campground)
- Backpackers campground relocated within the campground to the John Muir Trail trailhead
- Twelve walk-to campsites (with nearby parking)
- New picnic tables, food lockers, fire rings in each campsite
- Improved accessibility for people with disabilities, including at the Dana Campfire Circle
- Updated water and sewer system
Along with access to Lembert Dome, Elizabeth Lake, and the Tuolumne River running through the campground!
Half of the sites are available for reservations five months ahead of time. The other half are first come first serve and they sell out nightly!
If you know the dates you are planning to visit the park you will want to get a reservation if possible so you are guaranteed at least one night in this gorgeous Yosemite Campground!
Sites in Loop A are closest to the Tuolumne River but are also closer to each other.
You can easily access the Tuolumne Meadows visitor center, store, and post office near the campground.
Check out all of the Yosemite Camping options! There are 13 campgrounds within Yosemite National Park!
Season: Closed for 2022
Number of Sites: 304
Location in the park: Five miles from the Tioga Pass Entrance Station
Tent sites: $26/night
Group sites: $50/night
Horse sites: $30/night
Reservations: Yes, Recreation.Gov
Tent Sites: Half of the campground is available by advanced reservation, the other half is open on a same-day sale basis, and still fills nightly
Group sites: Required and available online.
Horse sites: Required and available only by calling 877/444-6777.
- 37° 52' 16.0000" N
- 119° 21' 36.0000" W
Elevation: 8,600 feet
Accessible Sites: Loop B: sites 37, 38, and 39
Loop C: site 1, 89, and 90
Pets Allowed: Pets are not permitted in group campsites but are allowed in family and horse sites
Pets are allowed but they must be on a leash less than 6 feet long.
Pets are not allowed inside park buildings or on specific trails.
Tuolumne Meadows Campground Reservations
Are campground Reservations Available?
Yes, Half of the campground is available by advanced reservation, the other half is open on a same-day sale basis, and still fills nightly
Phone Number? 1-877-444-6777
How Far Ahead can you make a reservation? Up to five months in advance on the 15th of each month at 7:00 a.m. (PT) or 10:00 a.m (ET).
First Come, First Served? Yes, half the campground
First-night rent plus a one-time transaction fee of $4.50 will be charged at the time of reservation and is non-refundable.
Flush Toilets: Yes
Is wifi available? No
Is cellular Phone Service Available? No
Is camp host available on site? Yes
Is firewood available for purchase? Yes, in Curry Village/Half Dome Village or at the Yosemite Village store.
They also sell firewood at the Crane Flat gas station at the start of the Tioga Road.
Amenities at each campsite:
Each campsite has a picnic table, fire ring
Firepit in the site? Yes, there are fire rings at each campsite.
Picnic Table in the site? Yes
Bear Box in site/area? Yes,
You are required to store food properly in order to protect Yosemite's bears.
Food storage lockers are provided in all campsites 35"(D)x43"(W)x28"(H)
Potable Water? Yes, there is drinking water available in the campground
RV Camping at Tuolumne Meadows Campground
RV Length: RVs and trailers up to 35 feet
Not every site can accommodate equipment of these lengths. Be sure to read the site details when making a reservation on recreation.gov to ensure your equipment will fit into the site you're reserving.
Dump Station: Yes, on the Tioga Road just west of the campground
Generators: 7 am to 9 am, noon to 2 pm, and 5 pm to 7 pm
Hookups: No, There are no electric, water, or sewer hook-ups at this facility
How to get to Tuolumne Meadows Campground
Take Highway 41 north from Fresno, Highway 140 east from Merced, Highway 120 east from Manteca or west from Lee Vining (State Route 395) into Yosemite National Park.
Tuolumne Meadows Campground is located 5 miles from the Tioga Pass Entrance station (Hwy 120 from the east) and is 55 miles (2 hours) from Yosemite Valley.
Tuolumne Meadows Campground Regulations
The maximum number of people in a campsite: A maximum of six people (including children) are allowed per campsite. There is no limit on the number of tents (as long as they all fit into the campsite).
The number of cars per campsite: Two motorized vehicles per campsite. A valid campground car pass must be displayed.
Checkout time: 12 noon
Quiet Hours: Quiet hours are from 10 pm to 6 am
Maximum Stay: 7-day maximum stay limit.
Tuolumne Meadows Campground Map
Photos of Tuolumne Meadows Campground
Tuolumne Meadows Campground provides easy access to the Pacific Crest Trail and the John Muir Trail.
One thing to know is many PCT hikers stop at the grocery store near the campground. Many of them have been on the trail for months without a shower.
If you are sensitive to strong smells you may want to be prepared if the store is crowded.
Check out our complete Yosemite National Park Travel Guide for everything you need to know to plan an epic visit to the park.