Program overview: Experience Yosemite’s spring season and starry skies! On this combo adventure, you’ll get to see the park’s after-dark beauty and make the most of a Friday in the park by pedaling around the Valley.
On Thursday, join a naturalist for an evening stargazing program: Wonder at the dark sky over the Valley as you look for constellations and learn about distant stars and planets. On Friday, your guide will lead you on a bicycle tour of the Valley. As you ride — sticking to designated bike paths, to avoid traffic on busy roads — you’ll get a close look at impressive waterfalls and granite features, hear about Yosemite’s history and ecology, and make occasional stops to explore on foot.
Note: Bicycles are not provided. Bring your own bike, or rent one from the Yosemite Valley Lodge Bike Stand ($34/day).
Know Before You Go
- When: Thursday, April 8, 8:30 pm (stargazing program) and Friday, April 9, 9 am to around 3 pm (bike tour)
- Where: Yosemite Valley
- Registration includes: Stargazing program and bike tour, park entry (as needed), and two nights of tent camping at a shared group site in Yosemite Valley (April 8, 9 and 10). There is no discount if you choose not to use the included gate pass or campsite.
- Lodging: Tent camping (included, dates cannot be adjusted). No additional lodging options have been arranged for this program, but guests are welcome to find their own alternate accommodations if desired.
- Experience level: No experience necessary!
COVID-19: We have implemented special safety measures to keep participants and instructors safe during the ongoing pandemic. For example, participants will hike single-file and keep moving to avoid crowding the trail, and instructors will stop to offer interpretation only when there is ample space to stay at least six feet apart. Please review our COVID-19 program procedures for details.