We stayed Labor Day weekend at Tioga Pass Resort. TPR has 10 detached cabins, and 4 attached motel rooms, and is located 2 miles from the eastern entrance of Yosemite Park, near the top of Tioga Pass. It is 10 miles from Tuolumne Meadows Lodge, the closest lodging to the Tuolumne Meadows hiking area.
Last year there was no internet reservation system with credit card deposit -everything was done by e-mail, and on the honor system, as the e-mail was not secure. The honor system is toast in today's world . TPR lost its shirt with so many no shows!
In June 2014 the internet site, tiogapassresort, came with an interactive reservation system, allowing you to choose cabin/motel room by date, with forfeiture of credit card deposits for those cancelling within 14 days of arrival, or noshows. Welcome to the 21st century! Now it is the no shows, not TPR, that will lose their shirts!
We walked 240' to our cabin 9 on the top of the hill, instead of driving the Prius up and down the steep gravel roadway for five reasons:
1. Prevent scratches from brush next to the narrow winding gravel roadway.
2. Prevent damage to undercarriage from bottoming out at the bottom of the hill, after crossing the plank bridge, and going up the parking lot.
3. Prevent bottoming out at the top of the hill, filled with a layer of concrete, but rutted with torn areas down to the dirt, next to cabins 9 and 10.
4. No encounters with cars coming up the hill, who have the right of way, at the blind curve -ever try backing up a blind curve in the dark, with thick brush and boulders on each side? Your car's lower and side spoilers will get scratched!
5. You are going to walk down the gravel pathway anyways for breakfast and dinner, just don't try it in sandals -sandals and sloped gravel trails don't mix -just like me and my ex!
Do not get cabins 1,2,3,4,5 next to the stream in June, as you will look like the second coming of chickenpox, with all the mosquitos that will be biting!
$125 for motel room comparable in price to Tuolumne Meadows Lodge tent cabins with wood burning furnaces -in both cases no noise insulation. At TPR you're toast if any of the 3 neighboring motel rooms have a snorer, crying baby, loud farter, or an over amorous couple. At TML you're toast if any of the dozen tents in the vicinity had a snorer, crying baby, loud farter, or an over amorous couple!
Also you will freeze into a popsicle at TML due to the near impossiblity of keeping the wood burning furnace going all night -you will need a steady stream of logs all night. You will be breathing the smoke from next door tents all night long. And it does get cold at night in September -our car had a layer of ice on the hatch in the morning!
$125 for a 13' x 13' motel room or 169 sq foot motel room, not including the telephone booth size shower 30' from your motel room door -you would not want to have a wardrobe malfunction over that 30' outdoor walk!
We had cabin 9, $250 for a 23' x 18' or 414 sq foot room, not including balcony. Two fullsize beds, with bathroom, shower, and two fully reclining padded chairs! No central heating -heating element was a mobile device connected by an electric cord -more suitable for an office cubicle than a full size cabin!
Fully equipped kitchen, with microwave, toaster, gas stove, refrigerator, dishware and pots and pans, albeit a bit scratched up, and looks like something from 1970 Good Housekeeping!
Balcony with afternoon sunshine, and picnic table in the back with morning sunshine! Serene surroundings of lakes and mountains, broken only by the roar of motorcycles echoing for miles through the pass!
No AC, but not needed at 9500 feet, with nights cold enough to leave car covered with ice. 100 year old unit, with water, not tasty with an annual supplement of iron overnight, from the 100 year old pipes!
Difficulty sleeping at this altitude -remember to bring the tylenol PM next time.
No TV, no wifi, no cell phone, but not needed if you go over the edge of Tioga Pass Road at night -its hasta la vista baby, to quote our ex-governor!
- Also Known As:
- Tioga Pass Hotel Lee Vining