Tuolumne County is the adventurers’ dream come true for all things outdoors, including stargazing. Explore California’s Yosemite, Gold Country, and High Sierra by day, and an astronomical sky full of stars by night. Find breathtaking scenic night skies in Tuolumne County’s rural areas.
Adventure After Dark
Yosemite National Park’s Tuolumne Meadows is a quieter part of the park and perfect for a clear view of globally renowned meteor showers or simply a night spent under the sky in search of shooting stars. Watch as a glorious scenic sunset transforms into a beautiful bright night. A lack of city lights makes Yosemite your place for milky way views. Put your astro-photography skills to the test and capture the perfect long exposure shot of the Yosemite sky. Need help with the itinerary? Go on an guided excursion with a professional outfitter to get the most of your time in the dark outdoors.
A National Forest Night Sky
With plenty of campgrounds to choose from and a sky full of bright stars, Tuolumne County’s High Sierra is a destination like no other for stargazing in California’s great outdoors. This mountainous region will give you a glimpse of the heaven-like night skies over the Stanislaus National Forest. Bring a blanket, maybe some hot chocolate, and let your eyes adjust to the stellar affair. Pinecrest Lake is an incredible location for the nightly views. Watch as the High Sierra lake acts as a mirror to the heavens and lights up the surrounding forest. Top your night off with a stop at a one of the nearby local restaurants for a post adventure nightcap.
Visit A Local Star
Revel in the beauty of a different kind of star at Jamestown’s Railtown State Historic Park, where you’ll get an exclusive look at the famous movie star train, Sierra No. 3™. Take the roundhouse tour and immerse yourself in the Wild West of film history. Hop on board the vintage locomotive and take a seasonal ride through the surrounding foothills to get a real glimpse at what makes the Sierra Railway iconic to the film industry. You'll think the stars aligned with a visit to the nearby Historic Downtown Jamestown. There, you can find boutique shopping, wine tasting, and dining.