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Hope Valley

Hope Valley is on the eastern side of Carson Pass in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. Its lack of development is one of its greatest features. Visitors scanning the meadows see almost nothing but unspoiled beauty, from its meandering West Carson River to its mountain peaks. Its high elevation makes for good, clear, skies. There are…read more »

Hope Valley is on the eastern side of Carson Pass in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. Its lack of development is one of its greatest features. Visitors scanning the meadows see almost nothing but unspoiled beauty, from its meandering West Carson River to its mountain peaks. Its high elevation makes for good, clear, skies. There are a number of campgrounds and resorts in the area. An EarthSky community member wrote: “Hope Valley is a very dark mountainous forest in the Sierra Nevada and, at more than 7,000 feet (2.1 km) above sea level, provides a wonderful view of the night sky. Just pick any open meadow in Hope Valley….you will be amazed. But, bring a warm jacket…even in the summer time it gets a little chilly.”

Deborah Byrd