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An spectacular drive!

The drive along Tioga Road and over the pass is is one of California's most spectacular. Incredible... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Oakland, California
A must do over to Yosemite NP

Because we were staying in Bridgeport, this was our connection to Yosemites. A fascinating bit of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Margot P
Coffs Harbour, Australia
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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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Lee Vining, CA
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The drive along Tioga Road and over the pass is is one of California's most spectacular. Incredible scenery along the way - Tenaya Lake, Tuolumne Meadows, views of Mt. Hoffmann, Mt. Conness, Mt. Dana, and the Cathedral Range, and the view from Olmstead Point of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Because we were staying in Bridgeport, this was our connection to Yosemites. A fascinating bit of engineering to construct and especially maintain this road. We had clear weather, would not enjoy if icy!! Great photo shots of the valleys.

Thank Margot P
Reviewed 23 November 2017

The views are breathtaking and all the stops are worth it even if you just take a few minutes. We were here in October and literally the last day to drive over as we found out the next day whenit snowed and the pass was...More

Thank Jamesrvp
Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

We visited a day after Tioga reopened after an uncharacteristic Fall snow shower. The winter landscape was magical, snow clad and sunny as we drove in from Lee Vining. Budget at least 2 hours for the drive, taking plenty of opportunities to step out and...More

Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

We did this road on motorbikes; it was great - what more is there to be said - an essential route to take.

Thank FliesM20P
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

The eastern Gateway to Yosemite, Tioga is a breathtaking, engineering marvel! There are beautiful views to the Sierra heading west and to Mono Basin traveling east. As this is a steep mountain road, please use turnouts if you are not comfortable driving the speed limit!...More

Thank Stacy F
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Gaylor Lakes hike, Pothole Dome, Lake Tenyaya, Olmsted Point - just a few things you don't want to miss while driving this picturesque road into Yosemite! Not very busy compared to other roads in the park.

Thank AurorasEnvy
Reviewed 2 October 2017

We wanted the experience the Tioga Road into Yosemite and it was the best decision to start this part of our trip. We stayed in Lee Vining overnight and drove the pass around 10 AM. Going from east to west has two advantages which are...More

1  Thank Mary L
Reviewed 19 September 2017

There was evidence of all of the snow that fell last year. Trees bent over (see pictures) and the roof at the entrance of Tioga resort was crushed. Take your time as you drive this road (only 12 miles from Hwy 395 to the entrance...More

Thank marros1960
Reviewed 25 August 2017

The terrain changes all the time from mountain massives to meadows, to forests, to lakesides all the time and you never get tired of looking out the window. Only problem is, that you wanna pull over all the time:o). We stopped at Tuolumne Meadows, Tenaya...More

Thank Kytting
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Dina H
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
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.
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