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 Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area, ice skating, or enjoying a hot drink at the Yosemite Majestic 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.
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Winter is well on its way, and with Yosemite National Park opened all year long, knowing the best way to get to Yosemite in winter is something all visitors to the area value. From snow covered valley floors, breathtaking scenery, and the quiet that comes from observing each snowflake falling gently from the sky, traveling safely to Yosemite in the colder months is a bit different than visiting during the spring and summer seasons. Learn more about the best ways to get to Yosemite in the winter.