At over 8,700 feet above sea level and 60 miles from Yosemite Valley, the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge is open from mid-June to mid-September, conditions permitting. Its location next to the Tuolumne River and near the Meadows makes it the perfect place to settle in after hiking in Yosemite, or before embarking on an extended backpacking trip.
Campfire programs and guided hikes led by park rangers are offered daily for lodge guests. In keeping with the spirit of camping, there’s no electricity, televisions, or phones. Showers (for guests only) and restrooms can be found conveniently in the center of the camp.
Meals at Tuolumne Meadows are served in the riverside dining tent, with a plentiful breakfast spread and dinner that’s sure to fill even the hungriest hiker. Dinner reservations are required, and can be made by calling before you arrive.
Box lunches are also available, and can be ordered for the next day. To help keep wildlife wild, cooking inside or outside the cabin isn’t permitted, however many Yosemite picnic areas offer fire rings with grills.