We have modified, postponed or canceled many Conservancy programs, events and operations. For details, see our COVID-19 response and our new Outdoor Adventure safety procedures. Yosemite is open. Park entry requires reservations. See the Yosemite National Park site for details and reservations.

80° F

Experience Level



1-2 miles/day


7,000 feet

Registration Fee


On this easy guided trip, a great option for first-time backpackers, you’ll get to experience a wilderness treasure: Yosemite’s night skies.  

After you meet your trip leader and fellow adventurers, you’ll hike a mile from Ostrander Trailhead on Glacier Point Road before settling in at your campsite for the night: a specially selected spot with open skies, at an elevation low enough to sleep outside under the stars. As night falls, your naturalist guide will point out constellations dotting the dark sky, and you’ll get to enjoy the magical sights during the height of the Perseids Meteor Shower — all from the comfort of your sleeping bag. Count how many shooting stars you catch throughout the night!

Pack your sleeping gear, a tent (just in case!) and simple meals (such as premade sandwiches), and prepare to be dazzled by what you can see on a night out in the mountains.

Included with your registration: 

  • One-night backpacking adventure (leave at 4 pm on Wednesday, August 12, and return around 10 am on Thursday, August 13).
  • Park entry (as needed). 
  • Bear-canister rental and Yosemite Wilderness permit.
  • One night of tent camping after the trip in Yosemite Valley, if needed (Thursday, August 13).
    • Our limited camping sites are for participants only. The sites are shared. Tents only. We cannot adjust the dates.

Note: There is no discount if you choose not to use our gate pass, campsites, bear-canister rental or permits. We do not have lodging upgrade options for this program.

View a suggested packing list.