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Take the Time Even if the Park is Closed

Took the drive up less than 48 hours after they opened the road up to the park gate June 2017. Many... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Reno, Nevada
Beautiful Landscape

We took the Tioga Road/Pass from east to west, starting in Lee Vining coming from the great Mono... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Puebla, Mexico
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This road, leading to Yosemite's high country, winds through one of the highest mountain passes in the state.
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Took the drive up less than 48 hours after they opened the road up to the park gate June 2017. Many people are not interested in exploring if they can't get into the park as the area recovers from a heavy snow season and the...More

Thank CathyNV
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took the Tioga Road/Pass from east to west, starting in Lee Vining coming from the great Mono Lake. End of October we were still lucky that the Tioga Road was open, some days later it they closed it due to snow. It is a...More

1  Thank MochiMundo
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Beautiful scenic drive and we would recommend stops, to appreciate the scenery, at Ellery Lake, Tioga Lake, Tuolomne Meadows, Tenaya Lake and Olmsted Point. Amazingly we drove, in late May, from Death Valley, with a temperature of 98F, and just a few hours later we...More

Thank Allan S
Reviewed 1 May 2017

Awesome road to drive. We made it through, airstream in tow, and was a little tense going from east to west. So we drove the whole thing again without the trailer so we could stop and enjoy the views. Awesome.

Thank earthtravel1
Reviewed 11 April 2017

This entrance to Yosemite is breathtaking in every sense of the word, I live around 4000ft and laugh when people say that the drop off of our Gorge are really high, this made me put that into prospective. I will admit I got a little...More

Thank JenniferSCunningham
Reviewed 5 December 2016

This is the main road into Yosemite and over the Sierras and has quite beautiful views. You need to realize though that the road is closed in the winter due to snow.

Thank Thomas N
Reviewed 14 November 2016

Everything is beautiful, lakes, rivers, mountains, a little bit of snow. The best views are doing trails. The cons, rain. After walking 10 Km it started to rain, we went walking to the car the 10 Km and the clothes were not rainwear, so that...More

Thank estebanfarinola
Reviewed 3 November 2016

Must travel this highway! Drove it to Yosemite! Many pull offs for pictures and breath taking views. Don't get in a hurry, very high drop offs!

Thank srespass
Reviewed 29 October 2016

Tioga road is not open all year round. Sometimes there are landslides that cause this road to be closed and when there is snow, they close the road down. Be prepared to make many stop overs for pictures when you pass this road. Amazing amazing...More

Thank John_Ong1114
Reviewed 28 October 2016

We arrived in Lee Vining in cloud and rain, and were concerned the either the Tioga Pass road would be closed, or so socked in that we wouldn't be able to see anything. However, the next day we awoke to perfect skies and crystal clear...More

Thank Richard P
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Dina H
i am planing to drive from monterey heading eat to Yosemite valley by the 11th of this november and wanted to visit all the spots mentioned for this area ( half dome/ tuolumne meadows/ the tioga pass and lee vining and mammoth lakes) so whats this road will have for us? will it sure be closed? what we should do before we start the road and whats the alternative?
26 October 2016|
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Response from Joseph D | Reviewed this property |
The high pass roads are usually closed in November due to snow. Use the Big Oak flat entrance or the South entrance
I have a 31' c class and towing a small car. Would I have a problem?
17 July 2016|
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Response from Nancy E | Reviewed this property |
No problem. The road surface is in excellent condition. Use pullouts to let cars behind you pass by.
We are planning to visit Yosemite in September, 2016. We are driving a Ford F150 with a small V8 from Lee Vining. I think the truck will be able to handle the grades but my wife is a little afraid of the steep drop offs near the edge of the road. Are there a lot of places where the cliffs are real close to the edge of the road? Are there pullouts to let people pass?
18 May 2016|
Response from Nancy E | Reviewed this property |
Going westbound from Lee Vining, there are no drop offs. There are pullouts to let people pass. The road surface is in excellent condition. The drop offs are on the east bound direction between Yosemite and Lee Vining. The... More