Yosemite National Park Announces Opening of Tuolumne Area Facilities
Numerous lodging, camping, and recreational opportunities are now open for visitors to Yosemite National Park’s glorious high country!
Highways 120 and 41 provide access to all areas within Yosemite National Park.
Yosemite National Park Superintendent Mike Tollefson announced the opening of many Tuolumne area facilities today, June 30, 2006, in time for the July 4th weekend.
The Tioga Road (Highway 120 east), with its views of spectacular granite domes, pristine alpine meadows, and just-peaking wildflowers, offers visitors an incredible day trip or an unforgettable overnight stay. For visitors looking for a true Wilderness experience by foot, the Tuolumne area offers miles of hiking trails which provide an open door to Yosemite’s High Sierra.
Among the facilities now open is the Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center. The Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center will open tomorrow for the summer season. It will be open daily from 9am to 6pm. Many area campgrounds including White Wolf, Tamarack Flat, and Crane Flat are now open for the season. Both Tamarack Flat and Crane Flat have first-come, first-served campsites available. Additionally, the Bridalveil Creek campground (located off of the Glacier Point Road) is open and available for first come, first-served campers.
The Tuolumne Meadows Store, the gas station, and Tuolumne Meadows Lodge and the White Wolf Lodge are opening today. Both accommodations also offer meals. Information about lodge accommodations can be found at www.yosemitepark.com.
Many unique and exceptional activities are held yearly in the Tuolumne Meadows area. These include the Parsons Memorial Lodge Summer Series, a series of lectures, art and music shows, interpretive programs, and seminars offered at the historic Parsons Memorial Lodge and the 10th Annual Tuolumne Meadows Poetry Festival. More information about these and other activities offered at the Parsons Memorial Lodge can be found on the web at www.nps.gov/parsons.
Along with the Tioga Pass entrance (Highway 120 east), visitors can access Yosemite National Park from Highway 120 (west) and Highway 41 (south). Highway 140 is closed due to rockslide, but all Mariposa, Midpines, and El Portal area businesses and accommodations are open for business.
For more information, please call the Public Information Office at Yosemite National Park at 209/372-0200, or visit us on the web at www.nps.gov/yose. (-NPS-)