Rebecca Gardon
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Leave the pollution of city lights behind for stargazing and full-moon viewing in Sequoia National Park
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif., Sept. 6, 2012— As long summer days give way to the longer nights of fall, there is no better time to take advantage of stargazing in Sequoia National Park. Throughout September and October, Wuksachi Lodge and the Sequoia National History Association will host Wonders of the Night Sky, Telescope Astronomy and Full Moon Viewing on Moro Rock – dark sky astronomy programs that encourage visitors to enjoy the beauty of Sequoia after dusk.

Appealing to travelers, amateur astronomers and dark sky advocates alike, “dark sky tourism” is the concept of people heading to national and state parks as well as destinations such as observatories and ancient sites with astronomical significance for stargazing.

“Light pollution” is an adverse effect of artificial light that reduces the visibility of stars. Perched at 7,200 feet elevation in the heart of Sequoia National Park, with a nearly non-existent amount of light pollution, Wuksachi Lodge is uniquely positioned to provide guests opportunities for breathtaking views of the Earth’s cosmos without the intrusiveness of city lights.

Wonders of the Night Sky

Hear stories of outer space and learn about constellations through Wuksachi Lodge’s Wonders of the Night Sky program led by a Sequoia Natural History Association naturalist. Calendared for every Friday through Oct. 26 as well as Sept. 12 and 26 and Oct. 3 and 17, each one-hour program is free and includes novice-friendly astronomy lessons. Warm clothing is recommended. Groups meet in the Wuksachi Lodge lobby. Programs are currently scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.; however, times may vary according to weather and sunset. For updated information, go to or call Wuksachi Lodge at (559) 565-4070 ext. 0.

Telescope Astronomy

On Sept. 15 meet at the Wuksachi Lodge lobby at 9 p.m. for a free two-hour astronomy program led by the Tulare Astronomical Association along with naturalists from the Sequoia Natural History Association. View planets, star clusters and galaxies through powerful telescopes and learn their significance in the universe. Telescopes will be provided by Tulare Astronomical Association. Warm clothing is recommended.

Full Moon Viewing on Moro Rock

Moro Rock, a dome-shaped granite monolith located approximately 15 minutes from Wuksachi Lodge, is known for its breathtaking views of the Great Western Divide. To experience what it’s like to see a full moon rising over these famous peaks, head to the top of Moro Rock on Sept. 29 and Oct. 27. After visitors ascend the rock’s 400 steps – ending at an elevation of 6,725 feet –they will be greeted by a Sequoia Natural History Association naturalist for a full moon viewing and astronomy lesson following a brilliant sunset. Warm clothes, a flashlight and binoculars are recommended for this free program. For updated meeting times, go to or call Wuksachi Lodge at (559) 565-4070 ext. 0.

For more information or to book accommodations at Wuksachi Lodge, call (866) 807-3598 or visit
About Wuksachi Lodge
Located in the heart of Sequoia National Park on the western slope of the Central Sierra, the 102-room Wuksachi Lodge features a panoramic mountain setting, full-service restaurant, cocktail lounge, retail shop, and 1,320 square feet of dedicated meeting space. Furnishings reflect an upscale, natural decor highlighting native granite rock, oak, cedar, and hickory woods as well as modern guest amenities such as Internet access. Wuksachi Lodge is operated by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, one of the nation’s leading hospitality management companies, under contract with the National Park Service.

About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is an industry leader providing Stewardship and Hospitality in Special PlacesSM with hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations at historic and scenic properties in North America and Australia. The company operates Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, including The Ahwahnee and other Yosemite lodges; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite & the Cottages at Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia; Niagara Falls State Park; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, Gray Wolf Inn & Suites and Yellowstone Park Hotel. The company also owns and operates five luxury resorts in Australia: Lizard Island Resort, Heron Island Resort, Wilson Island Resort, Kings Canyon Resort and El Questro Homestead and Wilderness Park. To learn more about Delaware North Companies’ hospitality management expertise, visit
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