Yosemite National Park Nightlife

The best "nightlife" in Yosemite is actually night - a chance to be out in natural darkness and see the stars in clear mountain air far from city lights.  Bears are more active at night, but they aren't a threat to people - they only want our food, so make sure there's none left in your car.  Night is when crowds and traffic drop off and the park catches its breath in calm silence. 

There are bars that are open late (11 p.m.) at the Ahwahnee and the Yosemite Lodge.  They're generally sedate in atmosphere but the Lodge's Mountain Room Bar may have a ball game playing on its TV's.  The Curry Village Pizza Deck is open until 9 p.m. (it also has a TV for sporting events) and there are great evening nature presentations right next door in their outside amphitheater. 

Those looking for a club scene are in the wrong place - unless it's Sierra Club you're looking for.  A great series of evening programs is found all summer at the Club's LeConte Lodge in Yosemite Valley.  Glacier Point is the place to watch sunset and see the stars emerge.  It's an iconic American tradition to take in a campfire program presented by a park ranger and there are many opportunities all summer for this valued ritual in Yosemite Valley and other campgrounds.  Visitors should also feel comfortable taking a flashlight and just strolling out into a meadow to look for Yosemite's best nightlife that includes Scorpio, Ursa Major and Cygnus the Swan.

Evening Ranger Programs

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Yosemite Valley Visitor's Center

Spend an evening under the stars...
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Yosemite Theater

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Visitor Center
(Yosemite Village)

The play's the thing...
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Iron Door Saloon

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18761 Main St.

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Lower Yosemite Falls Day Hike

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A different place after dark...
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LeConte Memorial Lodge

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Curry Village Loop
(Curry Village)

A home for important conservation history...
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Mountain Room Bar & Lounge

Yosemite Lodge

Cocktails and wine with a view...
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Cafe at the Bug

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6979 Highway 140
Yosemite Bug Lodge

A Great Place to Relax...
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Yosemite Cemetery

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A short walk through history...
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Glacier Point Sunset

Glacier Point Road

A sunset to remember...
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Ahwahnee Lounge

Ahwahnee Drive

Simple lounge and meals in the grand hotel...
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Half Dome Trail

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Met Cinemas

40015 Highway 49

Intimate Movie Theater...
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Black Oak Casino

19400 Tuolumne Road North

Casino in the Sierra Foothills...
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Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino

711 Lucky Lane

Gaming, Entertainment & Dining...
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Sleigh Ride

327 Jackson Rd

Winter Fun...
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Jackalope Bar and Grill

1122 Highway 41
Tenaya Lodge Resort

A Family Friendly Bar & Grill...
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Sam's Wood Site

Minaret Road

A Beautiful Open Space...
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Bracebridge Dinner

40489 Highway 41
(east of Yosemite Village)

A Christmas Feast at Ahwahnee...
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Golden Chain Theatre

42130 Highway 41

Melodramas & Olio Acts...
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Exploring Yosemite Natural History

5020 El Portal Rad
(P.O. Box 230)

Bugs, Flowers, Birds & More...
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