Sierra Rec Magazine – November 18, 2021 – Yosemite National Parks Largest Campground has huge plans for renovations and recovery in 2022 and 2023.
A major project to rehabilitate the Tuolumne Meadows Campground is underway. As a result, the campground will be closed until 2024 or 2025 (depending on length of construction season, weather delays, etc.). No camping of any kind will be available at Tuolumne Meadows during this time. The backpackers campground will also be closed.
What will be different when the campground reopens?
- Improved and simplified road system
- Rehabilitated restrooms, with two new restrooms added
- Redesigned campsites with hardened parking pads
- Seventeen campsites relocated from along the river in A loop to an area away from the river
- Backpackers campground relocated within the campground to the John Muir Trail trailhead
- Twelve walk-to campsites (with nearby parking)
- New picnic tables, food lockers, fire rings in each campsite
- Improved accessibility for people with disabilities, including at the Dana Campfire Circle
- Updated water and sewer system
- Built in 1931–1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps and expanded in the 1960s (currently 140 acres)
- It has 304 drive-in campsites, seven group sites, four horse sites, and 21 backpacker sites
- Servers about 141,000 visitors per year
- This project implements a portion of the 2014 Tuolumne River Plan
Tuolumne Meadows Campground is Yosemite’s largest, and is located along the Tioga Road, with some areas located along the Tuolumne River. At 8,000 feet (2,600 m) this campground is open seasonally and has wonderful summer access to many hikes, lakes, and prominent viewpoints.
Typically, during the campground’s open season (approx. July – September), 148 sites are available by reservation in advance, and 156 sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.