Where else can you find three great getaways in one destination so close to home? Just 2 ½ hours east of the San Francisco Bay Area, Tuolumne County is easily accessible year-round for all-season fun, adventure and memory-making moments. Enjoy endless outdoor recreation, history, shopping, wine and cider tasting and more in Yosemite, California’s Gold Country and the High Sierra.
Explore Yosemite and the Highway 120 Corridor
Did you know that over half of Yosemite National Park is in Tuolumne County? It’s the least crowded half too. Walk in the majesty of ancient giant sequoias in the year-round accessible Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, which is located just off of Highway 120 East (also known as the Tioga Road) or travel a bit further during the summer months and catch your breath in the incomparable and open scenery of Tuolumne Meadows. At Hetch Hetchy Reservoir you’ll find not only what could be the source of your own tap water but also uncrowded trails to uncommon waterfalls that are comparable in beauty to their more famous rivals in Yosemite Valley. Highway 120, the Northern Yosemite Highway, is your access point to infinite recreation on the Stanislaus National Forest. Camping, hiking, whitewater rafting and swimming are just a few of your options.
Discover Gold Country
Tuolumne County’s Gold Country is rich and alive with thriving Gold Rush towns including Jamestown, Sonora, Groveland and Columbia. Your treasure, new or old, is waiting to be discovered in unique specialty shops or fine art galleries that line historic sidewalks. Enjoy a meal in a historic inn or take in a superior live theatre performance in a venue where shows have entertained for over a century. Get away from the hustle and bustle and settle into some wine tasting or catch a break from the sun and try your luck at Chicken Ranch Casino or Black Oak Casino Resort.
Experience the High Sierra and Scenic Highway 108
No matter one’s definition of adventure—you’ll find it in Tuolumne County’s High Country along Highway 108 (Sonora Pass). Magnificent vistas, trails, lakes, rivers and streams create endless opportunities for camping, hiking, biking, boating and rafting, fishing, horseback riding and winter sports featuring breathtaking scenery and fresh mountain air. Take advantage of the plentiful lodging in the area, learn about the Me-Wuk Indians and cool off in Pinecrest lake.
Tuolumne County offers world-class events year-round that are fit for every taste, passion and lifestyle. Our most popular events are the Sonora Celtic Faire in March and the Mother Lode Round-Up Parade & Rodeo in May. See the full list of events here.
Where to Stay
Tuolumne County has lodging options from camping under the stars to first-rate resorts and everything in between. You’ll find over-night accommodations for every budget along with excellent hospitality close to Yosemite National Park, near scenic High Sierra lakes and in the heart of historic Gold Rush towns. Check our website for a complete list of lodging partners from national brands to family-operated B&Bs.
Let Us Help You Plan Your Visit
The Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau operates two year-round Visitors Centers, and one seasonal, with friendly, knowledgeable staff who can help you plan your dream vacation. Get more information on the centers here.
Want a little extra help? We have you covered! Call us at (800) 446-1333 or go to our website VisitTuolumne.com to request your FREE vacation planner.