Yosemite in the fall and winter is a magical time. The sharp call of the cobalt blue Stellars Jay is heard throughout the valley and the famous granite monoliths awe onlookers with their austere beauty. You might think visiting Yosemite in fall and winter is just about watching fall colors or crushing down powder slopes at the Badger Pass Ski Area, ice skating, or enjoying a hot drink at The Ahwahnee hotel while watching the snowfall, but don’t forget some of the best of Yosemite scenery is available only at night.
Stargazing at Tenaya Lodge
On a clear cool night you can bundle up tightly, take a thermos and an astronomy app and wander the many paths of the Valley Floor marveling at the Milky Way and constellations. On a night with a full moon, the granite domes surrounding the valley floor gleam with a silvery light. In fact, Yosemite’s vast acreage and remote location protect some of the darkest night skies in the country, making it THE place to get starry-eyed. In November, catch the Leonid meteor shower for an extra beautiful show.
You can take yourself on a self-guided tour or enjoy a flashlight tour from the Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite. If Glacier Point road is open then this is a sublime location for watching the moon rise and stargazing from the amphitheater. Otherwise, you can find a fire pit to cozy around and watch the stars from a warmer location.
Make sure you are booked into a cabin where you can enjoy the stars from your private balcony and after retire in front of the warmth of your own fireplace.
Choose to stay in historic hotels and lodging in Yosemite Mariposa County and experience this region’s legacy firsthand. Staying in these historic places makes you a part of their long-standing history, and adds a unique dimension to a visit to Yosemite Mariposa County.
Looking for a great spot to relax with friends to reminisce and spin tales after a day exploring Yosemite Mariposa County? Meet up with other like-minded night-owls for some night life – Yosemite-style, at one of these welcoming local bars.
Gather in Yosemite in October and November to celebrate the season of giving with a fine harvest of sights and experiences. Find tips on where to stay and what to see during this golden season in Yosemite.