Full Moon Tour – Sentinel Dome

Sentinel DomeThe Yosemite Full Moon guided tour is one of our most popular tours of Yosemite National Park. With an easy grade hike to the dome, visitors of all ages can experience the dramatic landscape during sunset and moon rise on the top of Sentinel Dome. Under the light of a full moon the vast landscape is breathtaking. Its granite cliffs glow in the silvery light like a moonscape. This particular vista is the photographer’s dream, whether you’re a professional or cell phone shutterbug.

“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

You will savor a picnic dinner as crimson or purple hues engulf the western slopes of the Sierra and shadows climb the cliffs of Yosemite Valley. Half Dome will seem to glow with an inner light until it, too, succumbs to nightfall.

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

The Sentinel Dome Full Moon tour is also offered as a private tour if you prefer to go at your own pace as opposed to going with a group.

Please note that although the hike to Sentinel Dome is easy, there is a short hike up the dome itself which is steep. If you have concerns about whether you can do the hike please call our office.

2018 Schedule

Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018


  • Visitors Bureau 5:00pm-11:00pm
  • Tenaya Lodge 5:30pm-10:30pm


Date: Friday, July 27, 2018


  • Visitors Bureau 5:00pm-11:00pm
  • Tenaya Lodge 5:30pm-10:30pm


Date: Sunday, August 26, 2018


  • Visitors Bureau 4:30pm-10:30pm
  • Tenaya Lodge 5:00pm-10:00pm


Date: Monday, September 24, 2018


Visitors Bureau 4:00pm-10:00pm

Tenaya Lodge 4:30pm-9:30pm

Picnic Dinner

Includes a deli salad, fresh fruit, and a jumbo cookie. 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. Dinner choices include:

  • 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, and baguette


Adults (16+) – $134
Seniors (62+) – $128
Children* (3-15) – $67

*Children under 3 are free when held on laps