Tuolumne Meadows Visitors Center, Yosemite National Park
Highway 120 E, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
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Contact:+1 209 372 0263
Open Hours: Daily 9a-6p
Open year-round (weather permitting), this center is the place to start when you enter Yosemite from the east via Highway ... More
Tuolumne Meadows Visitors Center
Open year-round (weather permitting), this center is the place to start when you enter Yosemite from the east via Highway 120. Located about a mile inside the east entrance, the center offers maps, books, park orientation materials and current information on trails. The station also offers campfire programs nearby. These campfires take place on summer nights and last about an hour. Rangers lead a variety of daytime nature walks in the area as well; schedules are posted daily in the station. This resource center is open all year, weather permitting.
Hiking, camping and packbacking trips are rated, descriptions how to get there-plus map, amenities listed--very easy to plan with. The trail crossings are explained, along with cautions. Links to books and maps, and other possibilities are listed. It was easy to go back and view each listing separately. We were able to plan a hike starting at Tuolumne Meadows, along trail, turn right to Vogelsang, on to Merced Lake (where we stayed at park housing, had hot shower and shaved), side trips, to Nevada Falls, over Half Dome and into Yosemite Village.
Tuolumne Meadows is the hub from which one can strike out into the beauty of the Yosemite back country. The Visitor Center, with a Park Ranger on duty, can help you decide which of the many trails that radiate from the Meadows is right for your abilities and interests. If you have little time to hike, the Ranger can suggest a quick loop trip around the Meadows. One of my favorite things to do, when I am not hiking out of Tuolumne, is to sit by the Tuolumne River, eat lunch there, and then go for a dip. If you do that, see if you can find one of the two Natural Bridges that exist in the Park. This one is underwater, about eight feet or so, but can be swum under if you are brave enough and have warm blood.
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