NileGuide Expert Says:
Look at the NPS or YA website in June for details on each season's Parsons Summer Series of top-notch speakers.
Yosemite National Park Road, 1.2 miles west of Tioga Pass & Tuolumne Meadows Lodge Road
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
+1 209 372 0263
NileGuide Expert tip:
You have at least a half mile walk to reach Parsons Memorial Lodge. Bring water and sun protection - this is 8600'
This rustic granite and timber building near Soda Springs is a good place to visit while exploring Tuolumne Meadows, the place where John Muir and Robert Underwood Johnson conceived the idea of establishing Yosemite National Park. Walking to and from Parsons will give you a sense of why Muir called the Sierra the "range of light." The former Sierra Club building is staffed by Yosemite Association volunteers, was designed by the famed Bernard Maybeck, and has exhibits that feature area history and natural history. Ranger Margaret Eissler assembles and hosts an excellent speaker series every weekend all summer. Speakers include authors, scientists and artists whose work is relevant to Yosemite and the Sierra. Every August one weekend is devoted to the Tuolumne Meadows Poetry Festival, which includes leading lights of the genre. Parsons is open in the summer only.