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Groveland Hotel
Newly renovated! Take a step back in time and step into the oldest hotel in the Yosemite  area. Just like gold in the California Gold Rush, the Groveland Hotel is a remarkable find with its 17 beautifully-appointed guest rooms, wrap around decks, and a sanctuary-like tiered outdoor patio. We’ve incorporated...
Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum
Open Sunday through Thursday: 1-4pm Friday & Saturday: 10am-4pm
Groveland Visitors Center
Open daily Memorial Day weekend (end of May) through Columbus Day (mid-October). Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 10am-4:30pm;Friday & Saturday: 1pm-4:30pm
Groveland Trail Heads
Groveland Trail Heads is a non-profit educational association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve great trail experiences for users while promoting the local commerce and communities in and around Tuolumne County, California. The Groveland Trail Heads seek to preserve, protect and promote mountain bike access to diverse and...
Visiting Groveland California
On your way to or from Yosemite on Highway 120, you’ll arrive in Groveland, one of the County’s Gold Rush towns. Try to stay out of trouble though; this town was once named “Garrotte” for the area’s swift and harsh justice from a large oak tree. Once, Groveland offered miners...
All Seasons Groveland Inn
23 miles from northwest Yosemite gate. Each of five suites offers upscale amenities: Jacuzzi, steam room, fireplaces, and fresh ground coffee stations. Hand painted murals depicting the beauty of Yosemite. Discounted rates Sun.-Thur.; Oct.-Apr.
Experience Tuolumne County, Groveland Style
When Spring has sprung and we are well on our way to Summer, Tuolumne County is always calling. You may have Yosemite in your minds eye for Summer vacation but there are more than a few gems outside the park that you should add to your vacation plans. Groveland The small town...
49er Festival, Parade and Chili/Salsa Cook-off in Groveland
A great day of fun, music, old west style gunfights, vendors, and even a chainsaw wood carve-off. At the live auction you can buy a carving. There will be a parade, too. Check the website for times.
March
Here in Tuolumne County, we are fortunate to have a very long wildflower season thanks to our varying elevations. In fact, you can catch wildflowers here from March to September so long as you know where to go. We have put together some insider tips for catching that perfect shot...
Airport Day at Pine Mountain Lake
Pine Mountain Lake Airport Day in Groveland
Cherry Valley Campground
Reservations accepted. $22 per single family site. Located at Cherry Lake 25 miles from the Groveland Ranger District office. Hiking, fishing, swimming, motorized and non-motorized boating, water-skiing. Potable water. Seasonal.
Little Golden Children's Forest Trail
An easy, 2-mile long trail, great for families. Self guiding brochure available. The trail begins outside the Groveland District Ranger Station on the Stanislaus National Forest. The Little Golden Forest is co-sponsored by Little Golden Children's Books and the National Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the Stanislaus National Forest.
Big Oak Flat Entrance, Yosemite National Park
The Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite National Park is located on CA Highway 120 roughly 24 miles (39 km) east of Groveland, CA. CA Highway 120 is the most direct route into Yosemite National Park from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and Northern California locations.
With endless summer activities to enjoy and breathtaking scenic destinations to experience, make sure to leave some room in your travel itinerary to celebrate summer in the cool evenings of Tuolumne County's various venues. From live music in the High Sierra pines to headliners in a foothill paradise, Tuolumne County...
Sweetwater Campground
First, come - first, served. $22 per single family site. Forested site within burn area adjacent to Highway 120, 15 miles east of Groveland. Potable water available. Seasonal.
A 4 Day Tuolumne County Exploration
Tuolumne County has so much to do and see, and you don't want to miss any of it. Set out on this 4-day getaway to explore Yosemite, Gold Country and the High Sierra.
Pines Campground
Reservations accepted in summer. First, come - first, served in Winter. Located adjacent to the Little Golden Forest Trail 9 miles outside Groveland. $19, summer. No fee, winter. Open year-around.
Lost Claim Campground
Reservations accepted. $19 per single family site. Potable water. No drinking water. Located on Highway 120 within burn area 12 miles outside Groveland. Not recommended for trailers or RV's. Seasonal.
Cocina Michoacana
We are a family owned and operated restaurant and have been serving delicious, authentic Mexican food since 1993. Located in historic downtown Groveland. Come on in and enjoy!
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Looking for big fun on a tight budget? Tuolumne County is full of FREE activities for everyone. Start planning a priceless memory making vacation with these 12 unique things to do around Yosemite, Gold Country, and the High Sierra.
Let Us Help You Plan Your Visit
Visit Tuolumne County operates two year-round Visitors Centers, and one seasonal, with friendly, knowledgeable staff who can help you plan your visit:Sonora, CA: 193 S. Washington St.Groveland, CA: 18990 CA-120: May 4 - Columbus Day Weekend (mid-October)Or, call us at (800) 446-1333 for help planning your trip and to get...
Explore Tuolumne County in 4 Days
Tuolumne County has so much to do and see, and you don't want to miss any of it. Set out on this 4-day getaway to explore Yosemite, Gold Country and the High Sierra.YosemiteDay 1Early morning – Head to Yosemite Valley early!  Stop in Groveland for a breakfast and a boxed...
Tuolumne Meadows
Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park is a large, open subalpine meadow graced by the winding Tuolumne River and surrounded by majestic peaks and domes. Seasonal services include a visitors center, wilderness permit center, store and cafe. Directions: From Groveland, CA, travel east on Hwy 120 into Yosemite National Park. At...
Salt of the Earth Personal Chef
Healthy weekly meal plans or indulgent celebratory extravaganzas! Because each client has different needs, we'll work together to create a customized menu that suits your style and specifications. Chef Jess has a diverse culinary background and can cook anything from classic American comfort food, healthy dishes, international cuisine to high-end...
Winter in Yosemite Country
Ski, snowboard and snowshoe enthusiasts as well as those people who just enjoy playing and sliding in the snow have long been drawn to Tuolumne County every winter. Ice skating, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are some other winter favorites.Backcountry Equipment Rental Information: Snowshoe rentals are available at Sierra Nevada Adventure...
Biking
Tuolumne County offers up some of the most fun on two wheels around.Road and mountain biking is evolving fast in Tuolumne County, and whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned veteran of the cycling world, there’s a trail with your name on it. From meandering railroad grades to...
Top 7 Reasons to Visit Highway 120 Today!
While an incredible rainy season has a portion of Highway 120 temporarily closed beyond Crane Flat towards Yosemite Valley, there's plenty of reasons to keep your plans to visit, including visiting the under loved but so amazing (and open!) north side of Yosemite. Here's more reasons why you should head...
Tuolumne County Facts
LOCATIONTuolumne (To-All-O-Me rhymes with “follow me”) County, 133 miles east of San Francisco, is a pristine, scenic expanse reaching into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The main highways leading to this picturesque, two-to-three-hour drive from the Bay Area are Highways 108 and 120 from the west (the latter...
Membership Application
Joining Visit Tuolumne County has many benefits. The exposure, leads and networking opportunities that come with membership can mean more business for you.We help visitors find your business and enhance business opportunities and economic prosperity in our region. Members help fund our efforts and we develop tools, tips and resources...
6 Tips for Visiting Yosemite National Park During the Partial Government Shutdown
Although the government shutdown has affected some of the amenities visitors expect to encounter when entering federal lands, Yosemite National Park and our National Forest remain OPEN and accessible by visitors who still wish to visit the them during this time. It is important to remember that normal rules and...
It's Ale Good in Tuolumne County
If you’re looking for cool vibes and cold ones, Tuolumne County is the place to be. Whether you’re making a post-hike celebration stop or taking on the town with a bar hop, we’ve got a few recommendations for you.Don’t Worry be Hoppy CRAFT beer here! Sonora Tap Room has 20...
Fall for All the Senses in Tuolumne County
We feel like we're falling for fall, but it's more than just a feeling -it's all of the senses combined! The sights, the tastes, the smells. Experience a different side of Yosemite National Park in the quieter and less crowded destinations. Watch as history comes to life with local tales of legends...
Bring Your Four Legged Family
We know our four-legged family needs a vacation too. Tuolumne County offers plenty of dog-friendly activities. Here are some ideas for your pet-friendly vacation. Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails There are many dog friendly hikes near Yosemite. What better way to explore the region than hiking with your dogs through some of the most...
MUST DO Experiences in Tuolumne County
by Mackenzie Rodgers, Digital Content CoordinatorBike to Lyons Reservoir: The Sugar Pine Interpretive Trail from Twain Harte to Lyons Reservoir is a friendly 4.8-mile trail of fairly flat terrain perfect for anyone to ride. Originally part of the Sugar Pine Railway used for logging, this historic trail will take you...
5 Coffee Shops We Can't Get Enough Of
Hot or iced? No matter the day or adventure, it all starts with a cup of coffee. Enhance your experience in Tuolumne County and keep it local at these charming cafes.1. Browns CafeColumbia is like stepping back in time to the Old West, where there is gold panning, stagecoach rides,...
About Us
Welcome to Tuolumne County!Get ready for Yosemite explorations, Gold Country discoveries and High Sierra adventures.Tuolumne (rhymes with “follow me”) County, located 2 ½ hours east of the San Francisco Bay Area, is a pristine, scenic expanse reaching from the foothills into the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Gold was discovered in Tuolumne...
Girlfriend's Getaway in Tuolumne County
by Mackenzie Rodgers, Digital Content Coordinator Need to get away with your BFFs Hiking, drinking, and laughing Tuolumne County has a little bit of everything you could want. Did you know that Tuolumne County makes up over 50% of Yosemite National Park And let me tell ya, theres nothing like a...
Tuolumne County Maps, Directions & Transportation Information
Tuolumne County is located directly east of the San Francisco Bay Area in the Sierra Nevada foothills and mountain range of Central California.The main highways leading to this picturesque, two-to-three-hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area are Highways 108 and 120 from the west (the latter considered to be...
Gain Some Altitude & Cool Off in the High Country
Both of Tuolumne County's mountain passes are open for the season, so it's time for you to explore the breathtaking High Sierra. Experience the enchantment of unique and incredible mountain formations and beautiful rivers and streams along Sonora Pass, Highway 108. Behold the beauty of Yosemite National Park's less explored...
5 Reasons to Visit Tuolumne County this Spring
Tuolumne County sings a song of spring as the flower covered, green earth and snow-melt filled rivers come to life with opportunities of adventure. We've put together a list of some seasonal MUSTS that will have you booking your flight, packing the car, and making the trip. 1. Wildflower BloomsSunny spring...
Ten Winter Weather Options to Slow Down, Stay Dry and Drink-Up in Northern California's Quaint Gold Country Towns
The forecast for this time of year is wet weather, and while California always needs it, its not always a welcome sight for visitors who have planned a trip to the Gold Country area along Highway 49. The county's main visitors center (542 Washington Street in historic Sonora) hears a...
Tuolumne County is the Bay Area's Closest Snow Play
by Mackenzie Rodgers, Digital Content Coordinator Just 2.5 hours from the San Francisco Bay Area, Tuolumne County is full of winter activities fit for both extreme and leisurely adventures. 1. Dodge Ridge Ski Resort has winter fun for everyone! With 61 runs, 12 lifts, 1,600 vertical feet, 3 dining facilities, rental...
Tuolumne County is a Rock Climber's Playground
Go on a vertical adventure in Tuolumne County and join an upbeat culture of climbers in conquering world class climbs in Northern California.   Yosemite National ParkIts no secret that Yosemite National Park is a destination like no other for rock climbing. This world renowned destination has drawn the climbing culture...
Tuolumne County Wine and Cider Tasting
There is no doubt California is known for it's amazing wine country.What you might not know is you can experience a little slice of California Wine Country right here in Tuolumne County. If you are a wine connoisseur or just someone who loves enjoying a glass of award-winning wine or...
For Our Members
Visit Tuolumne County InformationAnnual Reports:2016-2017 VTC Full Annual Report2015-2016 Annual Report Summary (5 MBs)2015-2016 Full Annual ReportView the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau's 2019-2021 Annual Budgets VTC 2019-2021 BudgetView the 2018-2021 Destination Marketing Plan Destination Marketing Plan 2018-2021Visit Tuolumne County BylawsVTC Bylaws2018-2019 Board of Directors:Margaret Davis - ChairpersonJunction Shopping CenterMark Truppner - Vice-Chair PersonClarke...
Get in on the BEST Kept Secret of Northern California's Passes
By Katie Kirkland, Communications and Tourism Manager Open seasonally, the Tuolumne County mountain passes are exclusive to selfie connoisseurs and travel enthusiasts looking for the most stunning scenery. Every turn is picture perfect, so now is time to explore the breathtaking High Sierra. Experience the enchantment of unique and incredible mountain...
High Sierra Loop
Open seasonally, the Tuolumne County mountain passes are exclusive to selfie connoisseurs and travel enthusiasts looking for the most stunning scenery. Every turn is picture perfect, so now is time to explore the breathtaking High Sierra. Experience the enchantment of unique and incredible mountain formations and beautiful rivers and streams...
Ways to Play on a Rainy Day in Tuolumne County
by Mackenzie Rodgers, Digital Content Coordinator The rain will go away, but in the meantime, here are some things to help you enjoy your stay. 1. Shop Like a Local Dont let the rain stop you from exploring the ins and outs of the historic towns of Sonora, Jamestown and Columbia. Wander collectable,...
Stay the Pioneer Way in Tuolumne County
Have you ever wondered what it was like to experience life in the Gold Rush days? What if that experience was only a short drive from the iconic Yosemite National Park? Head to Northern California’s Tuolumne County for some flashback features.Wild West WagonsYosemite Pines RV Resort and Family Lodging is taking it back...
Fall is the New Summer in Tuolumne County
Orange is the New Black, 30s are the new 20s and guess what? Fall is the new Summer. Summer trends brought road trips, unicorn rafts, and hiking adventures. What if these beloved trends didn’t have to end on Labor Day Weekend? What if there was a place where in fall,...
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New year, NEW adventures. It's 2019 and time to start planning ahead, setting goals, and climbing mountains (literally and figuratively) in Northern California's Tuolumne County. Find inspiration in these all-season fun activities and monthly highlights throughout Yosemite, Gold Country and High Sierra.JanuarySnowshoe amongst majestic giants and winter silence in the...
20 Ways to Experience Winter in Tuolumne County
Tuolumne County is where winter wonders await and adventurous memories are made. Now's the time to enjoy the less crowded Yosemite National Park, Gold Country, and High Sierra. Travel to our affordable, vacation destination and experience winter like never before.1. The snow is falling, and Dodge Ridge Ski Area is calling! Catch...
25 Days of Adventure in Tuolumne County
Tuolumne County is where winter wonders await and adventurous memories are made. This year, we're celebrating 25 days of authentic holiday adventures in Yosemite National Park, Gold Country, and High Sierra. Travel to our winter vacation destination, make every day count, and experience December like never before.1. The snow is...
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