The Tioga Road (Highway 120) climbs above the Valley, transporting you to breathtaking views and pristine lakes. After sweeping across enchanting Tuolumne Meadows, it cuts through the mountains at Tioga Pass.
This is the high country, nearly inaccessible in winter, when heavy snows blanket the road and freeze the rivers.
In the spring and summer months, winter melts away and the meadows bloom. The waters of Tenaya Lake and the Tuolumne River soak up the heat of the sun, inviting you to swim, fish, and hike along their banks.
Feast Your Eyes
Discover an alpine wonderland high above the Valley.
Spot flowering purple lupine and bright yellow monkey’s paw and slide otter-like through river rapids in Tuolumne Meadows. Let your eyelids close on sun-drenched granite slabs, or get your heart rate up scaling Lembert Dome. On your way up the Tioga Road, pull over at the Olmsted Point overlook to see the Valley laid out beneath your feet.
Fun at Every Turn
No shortage of opportunities here!
Splash in the Tuolumne River or dip into Dog, Tenaya, and May lakes. Away from the bustle of the Valley, wildlife makes frequent appearances on the shore.
The high country also offer exceptional hiking trails. The High Sierra Camps, accessible from Tuolumne Meadows, are a favorite with backpackers.
Where to Stay
Options for every group, at every price level.
Campgrounds along Tioga Road and the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge are popular picks– be sure to make your reservations early! Visit our accommodations section to learn more.
Getting There and Around
Directions to Tuolumne and the East Side.
From the Valley, take Highway 41 and Big Oak Flat Road to Highway 120, the Tioga Road. Follow the Tioga Road to Tenaya Lake and Tuolumne Meadows.
Plan your route with our interactive map to include the best roadside attractions, lodging, dining, and more!