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Full Moon at Sentinel Dome

Even in broad daylight Yosemite Valley’s dramatic landscape seems almost too overwhelming to be real. Under the light of a full moon it becomes otherworldly. At Yosemite’s 4,000 to over 8,000 feet elevations, moonlight permeates the thin atmosphere to reveal every facet of the landscape. Its granite cliffs glow in the silvery light like a moonscape.

Imagine yourself walking along a mountain path about an hour before sunset. Alpenglow spreads a golden patina over granite boulders and wildflowers. The scent of vanilla drifts from Jeffrey Pines that have been basking in the sun all day.

A gentle climb leads to a panoramic view of Yosemite from the top of Sentinel Dome. You savor a picnic dinner as crimson or purple hues engulf the western slopes of the Sierra and shadows climb the cliffs of Yosemite Valley. Birds chatter as they settle in for the night and a Night Hawk screeches as it swoops upon its dinner. Bats perform an aerial ballet above you. Half Dome seems to glow with an inner light until it, too, succumbs to nightfall.

A hush falls over the high country as you retrace your steps in the growing twilight. On your journey back to civilization, your mind dances with images of one of nature’s most majestic temples bejeweled in the sunset. The experience truly is magical, and the memory of Yosemite in the moonlight will stay with you for a lifetime.

The Full Moon Tour includes a picnic dinner with a deli salad, fresh fruit, jumbo cookie and your choice of:

· Roast turkey wrap with cranberry mayonnaise

· Tri-tip wrap with pepper jack cheese and Caesar dressing

· Veggie wrap with avocado, tomato, cucumber, alfalfa sprouts and roasted red peppers

· Turkey sandwich

· Assortment of sliced meats, cheeses, baguette and lavosh.

We provide water, soft drinks or sparkling cider. You are welcome to bring a bottle of wine to sip as the sun sets over Yosemite.

2014 Schedule and Rates

Date Day Pick up Departure Return
June 12 Thursday

Oakhurst (Visitor’s Bureau)

Tenaya Lodge

5:00 PM

5:30 PM

11:00 PM

10:30 PM

July 12 Saturday

Oakhurst (Visitor’s Bureau)

Tenaya Lodge

5:00 PM

5:30 PM

11:00 PM

10:30 PM

August 10

Sunday

Oakhurst (Visitor’s Bureau)

Tenaya Lodge

4:00 PM

4:30 PM

10:00 PM

9:30 PM

September 8 Monday

Oakhurst (Visitor’s Bureau)

Tenaya Lodge

3:00 PM

3:30 PM

9:00 PM

8:30 PM

Price includes Park fees, Picnic Dinner, beverages, and souvenir flashlight.

Adults (16+) $124
Seniors (62+) $118
*Children (3-15) $62
*Children under three are free held on laps

"The moon is looking down into the canyon, and how marvelously the great rocks kindle to her light! Every dome, and brow, and swelling boss touched by her white rays, glows as if lighted with snow." John Muir

 

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