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Summer Must Be Here: Tuolumne Meadows Lodge Opens In Yosemite National Park


The White Wolf Lodge and its outlying tent cabins are scheduled to open for the summer in Yosemite National Park on June 8. Photos courtesy of DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite.

Summer seems to have reached the Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park, where the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge, general store, and grill, were to open for the season today, with the White Wolf Lodge following in two weeks if conditions allow.

The Tuolumne Meadows Sport Shop and the Tuolumne-based Yosemite Mountaineering School and Guide Service are scheduled to open Friday, June 1.

The mild winter and early opening of the Tioga Road has allowed the earlier than expected openings of popular Tuolumne Meadows accommodations and services, including Tuolumne Meadows Lodge and Grill.

“The National Park Service and Delaware North Companies worked closely to achieve an early opening date for High Sierra accommodations and services,” said DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite President Dan Jensen. “We are thankful for the effort from the National Park Service and are thrilled to offer access to services in Tuolumne Meadows so early this year. These early openings provide additional opportunities for people to enjoy Memorial Day Weekend in Yosemite and the beauty of the High Sierra.”

Located in the largest sub-alpine meadow in the Sierra Nevada at an elevation of 8,775 feet, the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge features 69 tent cabins. The canvas-covered units are wood-framed on a cement platform and sleep up to four people. They are equipped with beds and linens, candles and a wood burning stove and wood.

Central shower and restroom facilities are nearby. Tuolumne Meadows Lodge serves a hearty breakfast and dinner in a central dining tent beside the Tuolumne River. Menu options include a full range of breakfast options with a complete dinner menu selection of beef, chicken and vegetarian choices, salads, soups and special desserts. The mountaineering school, stable, gas station, post office, grill and grocery store are all located at Tuolumne Meadows.

White Wolf Lodge provides accommodations in 24 canvas tent cabins, which include beds with mattresses, linens and wood-burning stoves. Four cabins with private baths are also available. Breakfast and dinner are served in the White Wolf dining room and there is a small convenience store.


I have stayed at both places during my many visits to this park. Both times were excellent experiences. If you ever have the chance to do it, take it. This is a magical park. Staying at these places just adds to the memories. Everyone is very friendly and the weather is almost always perfect. I have spent many summer months there and have had one afternoon of slight rain. Tuolumne Meadows is arguably the coolest place I've ever stayed. So many great hikes from the area and a short drive to hundreds more. White Wolf is also extremely cool. The seasonal workers there made my wife and i feel at home like we've never felt on any vacation anywhere. This is the greatest park on the planet. If you've never been there, put it on your bucket list. I recommend arriving to Yoesmite via Tioga Pass on the east side. It is an amazing drive!

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