About seven miles west of the Tioga Pass entrance (east entrance of the park, coming in from Mammoth Lakes), you'll find a gorgeous meadow, which is very flowery in spring. It crosses the Tuolumme River and is surrounded by peaks taller than 4,000 meters. Considering its climate and altitude (2580m), forests are scarce, leading to high mountain vegetation. You'll be circulating on the road itself (called 120 or Tioga Road). Then, you'll see Tuolumne Meadows and nearby there is a campsite, a visitor center and some shops and restaurants.