Visitors should know that most of Tuolumne County is still open and waiting to greet you. Favorite family destinations like Columbia State Historic Park and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, downtown Sonora, Groveland and even Twain Harte Miniature Golf are all open. Restaurants and shops throughout the quaint historic Gold Rush towns of Tuolumne County are also open and look forward to serving you. Presented by the Sonora Photo Club, Railtown has a special photo exhibit on display through September 1st.
What to expect when you arrive in Tuolumne County:
• You will immediately notice the outpouring of support for the many heroes battling this blaze. You will see this support in a number of forms: a homemade banner hanging over the highway, “Thank You Firefighters” written on a car window or a line of firefighters waiting to be served a good homemade meal in someone’s yard or at a local park.
• You will see firefighters – give them high five or a thumbs up – they’ll appreciate it!
• You will see some smoke depending on the time of day. Air quality has been an issue in the morning hours, although for the past couple of days, it’s been somewhat clearer. The smoke has been dissipating by noon, making way for bright blue sunny skies. Each day gets better as containment grows.
The Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau can help you with your travel plans including lodging information and the latest on the Rim Fire. Call 800-446-1333, 209-288-2277 or 209-984-4636. You may also visit their website at www.YosemiteGoldCountry.com.