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Tuolumne medows camping

Discussion of camping and road-accessible campgrounds in and near Yosemite National Park

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Tuolumne medows camping

Postby speyerer » Sat May 26, 2012 3:50 pm

Does anyone know when Tuolumne Medows opens for the season? How early do you have to get there to get a campsite?
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Re: Tuolumne medows camping

Postby dan » Sat May 26, 2012 6:47 pm

The following website estimates the opening date for July 13, 2012 (subject to change) for Tuolumne Meadows Campground:

It's best to reserve. Otherwise, show up in the morning. Around 9-11 is best, Mon. - Thursday morning.

All reserved sites are now taken as shown here:
You can reserve about 7-8 months in advance as shown here:
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Re: Tuolumne medows camping

Postby Grt_Ape » Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:02 pm

I know I'm replying to an old thread...but just an update for early August for those that may be interested.

We stopped by Tuolumne Meadows on Friday August 3rd at 11am and were told there were only 9 available campsites that morning. We were told the office opens at 8am, and the line for the daily 'first come' sites started forming at 6am.

We stopped by the campground office on August 4th to fill up our hydration packs, and I had a short conversation with a nice woman filling her bottle. She offered to let us stay in her campsite overnight (We ended up near Lee Vining, as everything was full in the Park) to get in line first thing the am. She let us know that she got in line at 5am that morning to get a spot, and there were 9 people already in line in front of her.

Do as Dan recommends, and go with reservations. :)
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