Tioga Pass Resort

Having been established in 1914, Tioga Pass Resort is the oldest resort in the Inyo National Forest. The historic lodge, cabins and restaurant are located at 9550 feet elevation, about one mile east of the eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park.  The resort operates under permit with the Inyo National Forest. The Tioga Pass Resort Cafe is one of the oldest continuously operating businesses in the Eastern Sierra, having served meals for over 90 years. The menu is classic American, featuring natural and organic ingredients where possible. Tioga Pass Resort's handmade pies are legendary.

The Inyo National Forest's Yosemite High Country includes all of the high country area east of the eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park. This area includes parts of the Ansel Adams Wilderness, the Hoover Wilderness, and the Monroe Hall Natural Research Area. The area is generally accessible by the historic Tioga Pass Road. The area includes over 50 lakes, including Saddlebag Lake, the highest drive-to lake in California at over 10,000 feet elevation, as well as Ellery and Tioga Lakes. There are numerous trailheads in the area, including the trail to Bennettville, an historic townsite, and the trail to summit Mt. Dana, the second highest peak in Yosemite National Park. There are United States Forest Service campgrounds at Ellery Lake, Junction Meadow, Sawmill, Saddlebag Lake, and Tioga Lake.

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Latitude: 37.9358038 Longitude: -119.2491567 Elevation: 9545 ft
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Lodging Style and Amenities

The lodge and cabins include 6 historic buildings, built between 1914 and 1924. There are ten cabins and four motel rooms altogether. Tioga Pass Resort strives to keep the buildings and facilities in a condition that preserves their historic nature. Most of the cabins sit right alongside the banks of Glacier Creek.

Seasons Open

May through October, estimated.

Recreational Opportunities

Tioga Pass Resort is located in the Inyo National Forest's corner of the Yosemite High Country. There are more than 50 lakes within a 5 mile radius. The lodge sits in the shadow of 13,000 foot Mt. Dana, the second highest peak in Yosemite. The area is surrounded by Yosemite National Park, the Ansel Adams Wilderness, and the Hoover Wilderness. This is one of the most spectacular natural locations in the world.

Rate Range

Cabin rate range is $105-250. Restaurant rate range is $5-$20.

Driving Directions

Tioga Pass Resort is located on California Highway 120 West (also known as Tioga Pass Road). The Resort is about one mile east of the Eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park, and about ten miles west of the junction of US 395 and Highway 120 West.

Eco-Friendly Notes

Over the past eight years, Tioga Pass Resort has striven to become an Eco-Friendly business. So far, this has included replacing inefficient tank water heaters with state of the art demand heaters, replacing consumptive electrical devices with energy star rated appliances and other low-demand appliances, and reduced water consumption and on-site sewage treatment by over 50% through conservation and education. In the Cafe, Tioga Pass Resort selects natural and organic ingredients where possible to enhance the primarily made-in-house menu.


Al Gardisky was my grandfather (Charles), brother. I first learned of the resort in the 70’s while passing through on vacation. My wife and I were surprised and made a few phone calls to the Midwest and verified that Al was indeed an uncle of mine. I have a family tree showing Al and his family. Only a few Gardiskys have made the trip to Tioga Pass---myself, my wife and my daughter and her husband a few years ago. We rented from the Kelleys in the early 80’s and they had a photo of Al and of course his resemblance to Charles was remarkable.

william Gardisky, 3/25/2011

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