From the monthly archives:

June 2008

The Tioga Pass road is open. The Yosemite High Country drive in camp grounds are delayed every year until the snow melts and the camp grounds are prepared. Below are the opening dates for these drive in campgrounds. For more information and reservations click on the site below.

http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/camping.htm


Scheduled opening dates:

Crane Flat, White Wolf, Tuolumne Meadows, and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds:  June 20, 2008

Tamarack Flat Campground:  June 24

Porcupine Flat and Bridalveil Creek Campground: July 3

Tuolumne Meadows Lodge is already open, as are other services like the store, grill, gas station, sport shop and stables.

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Press Release Yosemite Activities

by Ted on June 11, 2008

Yosemite National Park, CA – June 2008 – One of the most popular lodging facilities in the High Sierra has opened for the summer season as of Friday, June 6. The Tuolumne Meadows Lodge in Yosemite National Park offers tent cabin accommodations and dining services to backcountry visitors through the first week of September. Since the Memorial Weekend opening of Tioga Pass on highway 120, the Tuolumne Meadows gas station, mountain shop, grill and store have all opened to park patrons.

The Tuolumne Meadows Lodge is an ideal base camp for day hikes throughout the meadows area or overnight backpacking into the High Sierra. “Wildflowers we usually see in late-May and early-June are just now starting to bloom and many local streams are full to bursting, making this a great time to explore all Tuolumne Meadows has to offer,” said Colin Baldock, manager of guest recreation for DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, the official park concessioner.

Situated in the largest sub-alpine meadow in the Sierra Nevada at an elevation of 8,775 feet, the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge has 69 canvas tent cabins that sleep up to four people per tent. Each canvas-covered unit is wood-framed on a cement platform and equipped with beds and linens, candles for lighting, and a wood-burning stove. Central shower and restroom facilities are nearby. Rates are $82 plus tax, per night (double occupancy), with additional adults $10 and children $6.

Tuolumne Meadows Lodge serves hearty, breakfast buffets and family-style dinners in a central dining tent beside the Dana Fork of the Tuolumne River. Advance dinner reservations are required and may be made by calling 209-372-8413. Guests may also order box lunches at the front desk the night before needed. To make lodging reservations, or for more information regarding area services and attractions, call 801-559-4949 or visit www.YosemitePark.com.

DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite also announced the opening of their rafting operations, commencing on Friday, June 6. Located in the Curry Village Recreation Center, the Raft Stand provides guests with rafts, paddles and mandatory personal flotation devices for a leisurely, three-mile float on the Merced River through the heart of Yosemite Valley.

The family-friendly rafting activity offers unique views of park icons Half Dome, Sentinel Rock, Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. “When you’re floating down the Merced River, you can’t help but smile,” said Sean Costello, manager of the Curry Village Raft & Bicycle Stands. “It’s perhaps the most peaceful and relaxing way to see Yosemite’s spectacular scenery.”

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