Stargazing near the Groveland Hotel in Yosemite National Park and the Stanislaus National Forest

The Groveland Hotel is located a mere ½ hour from Yosemite National Park’s northern gate.   Known for its striking views and high-elevation lookout points, Yosemite’s night skies are a wilderness treasure and rare resource few people ever have the chance to experience.  To get the most out of a star-viewing night, book a naturalist-led trip with the Yosemite Conservancy.  They offer two kinds of stargazing outings: on June 15, 2019 you can join a six-hour full-moon hike to Taft Point; or experience overnight camping near Glacier Point under the Milky Way on July 4th.  Prefer solitary stargazing?  Head up to the Tuolumne Meadows area off Tioga Pass Road (once it is opened for the summer) and find yourself a spot where it feels like you can reach out and touch planets, they are so close.

Night sky, black with streaking starlightIf you want a little more adventure tied in with your stargazing, try a two-day rafting trip in the Stanislaus National Forest on the Tuolumne River.  After a fabulous day of sun, fun, and rapids, end your first day relaxing on a wilderness riverbank enjoying an ice-cold beer or glass of wine while your rafting guides prepare you a sumptuous meal served at river’s edge.  After the sun sets, position your sleeping bag so you can watch the night sky, searching out circling satellites and falling stars.  The peak time for seeing flaming space dust is the end of July to mid-August for the Persied Meteor Shower.

Whichever way you choose to watch the night sky, make sure you have your reservations for lodging at the Groveland Hotel where you can enjoy sitting out on the leafy tiered patio, under the stars, enjoying a tasty small bite from Provisions Taproom with a glass of wine, beer, or something from the Bourbon Bar!

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