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Have a campground reservation but arriving late!

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Have a campground reservation but arriving late!

Postby bond2366 » Tue Jul 14, 2009 5:40 am

We will be arriving at 7:00 or 8:00 pm on a Saturday at Tuolumne Meadows campground and have reservations. Is this a problem? I'm not sure how late a window is open etc..
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Postby jpcal » Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:52 am

Im not positive but I think the kiosk may be closed by then. By 730 it starts to get pretty dark in TM (all the trees). There should be a site reserved for you because you have reservations, but I don't know if they will post your site on the window of the kiosk. If they are closed already by the time you get there and they don't post it you will have to find a spot and in the morning go back to the kiosk to get your assigned spot.
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Postby bond2366 » Tue Jul 14, 2009 10:19 am

I just called and the park attendant told me the same thing. They said just find a spot and sign for it in the morning. Considering it is supposed to be a full campground that night has me a bit concerned (especially since it's a Saturday), but I suppose they'll mark a spot reserved for us and we just have to find it and hope someone else doesn't take it before we get there (I hope so anyway).
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Postby jpcal » Tue Jul 14, 2009 4:22 pm

Hopefully...there are some people who will come in late at night set up camp and are gone by morning, basically getting the night for free. However there are some people who have additional campgrounds with no tent so watch out for those sites.
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Postby bond2366 » Fri Jul 17, 2009 6:37 am

For those of you who might have the same question, Yosemite staff called me back and said yes, the kiosk closes at 6:30 but if you have a reservation at the campsite for that day they do hold you a spot and post your site number on the kiosk window so you can go find it (hopefully unoccupied). Then you sign in in the morning.

Thanks to Yosemite staff - I received a return e-mail and call on the same day! By the way Tuolumne is pronounced "follow me to Two-owl-um-nay" - I had no clue how that was pronounced.
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