5 Spots for Epic Stargazing in Yosemite National Park

By: The Outbound Collective + Save to a List

It's hard to beat a night under the stars in Yosemite.

Yosemite is one of the best places in the country for virtually every outdoor adventure. Backpacking, camping, hiking, photography and so many other activities in the park are about as good as it gets, so it's no surprise that Yosemite's stargazing also happens to be world-class. 

We've picked a few of our favorite spots below and we encourage you to check out some of the guided stargazing experiences in Yosemite led by knowledgeable naturalists. If camping or backpacking aren't on the agenda for you, you don't want to be driving out of the park after a late night of stargazing, so check out some of the amazing options for lodging

Rally your favorite stargazing buddies, pack a headlamp and a warm drink, and settle in for a night you won't soon forget!

1. Cloud's Rest

Photo: Ranier R

2. Olmstead Point

Photo: Eric Bennett

3. Young Lakes

Photo: Lam Tran

4. Glacier Point

Photo: Joel Bear

5. El Cap Meadow

Photo: Oliver Riihiluoma

Check out more amazing Yosemite adventures.

Cover photo: Kevin Kaminski


We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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