I normally camp so it is hard for me to pay $150 to basically camp but on this trip I was unable to bring my gear so decided to give this a try. I have visited YNP and the high country many, many times. I stayed for one night during high season. The tent was $130/night with breakfast about $20 when it was all said and done. Day temperatures were in the 80's, night in the 40's. The tent includes a wood stove which helps take the chill off in the night and morning-- don't forget to save some of your kindling for the morning! There is one bath house for the entire camp with 4 toilet stalls, 4 shower stalls and about 6 sinks. Be prepared for waiting during peak hours. Beds are basic camp fare. The food is basic and pricey. With all that said, the scenery is spectacular and never disappoints. There are many incredible hikes and activities in the vicinity-- it's a one of kind experience. The lodge does a good job of orienting visitors to all the park has to offer. The shuttle makes is easy to get around the high country and definitely recommended as the park is overrun with people during the summer months. For out of towners, the dilemma is would you be better off renting a motor home and staying in the campground or staying at the lodge?? The experience would be similar in ruggedness ; you would need to cost it out to decide. I saw many rental RV's and rented vans with equipment in the campground so this seems like a popular option too. You will meet more locals in the campground and more out of staters in the lodge. Overall, the lodge is a great option for experiencing the high country if you are unfamiliar with the park; next time, though, I will camp.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cabins of Tuolumne Meadows are located 60 miles from Yosemite Valley at over 8,700 feet above sea level. Here, you'll find 69 canvas-tent cabins that are available from mid-June to mid-September, conditions permitting. Situated next to a picturesque meadow, it's the perfect place to settle in after hiking in Yosemite-or before embarking on an extended backpacking trip. You'll find the Cabins of Tuolumne Meadows on Tioga Road, near the Park's eastern entrance on Highway 120 East. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tuolumne Meadows Hotel Yosemite National Park