Stargazing at Petrified Forest National Park
Contact: Hallie Larsen, 928-524-6228 ext. 274
Petrified Forest, AZ―In August, you can discover the “dark side” of Petrified Forest National during two events so special Park that you need reservations: Stories in the Stars Evening Program, August 14th and 21st.
Stories in the Stars Evening Program is a star party that allows visitors to stay with a ranger in the park after closing to witness the incredibly dark skies of Petrified Forest. Park Ranger Hallie Larsen will offer stories about the stars as well as an evening of stargazing at Kachina Point (2 miles into the park from the north entrance) at 7:00 pm on Fridays, August 14th and 21st. If you are already in the park prior to closing at 7:00 pm, just meet the Ranger at Kachina Point. If you intend to arrive after 7 pm, please make reservations at 928-524-6228 ext. 236 as you will need to be let into the park. All participants must be at Kachina Point no later than 7:30 pm! You may bring a telescope, binoculars, and other astronomical equipment (you are responsible for your personal property).
The presentation will begin with watching the sunset over the Painted Desert and stargazing afterward. The program may be cancelled due to weather (cloudiness, rain, etc.). Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience Petrified Forest National Park after dark!
For more information call (928) 524-6228; or write to the Superintendent, Petrified Forest National Park, P.O. Box 2217, Petrified Forest, AZ 86028; or e-mail the park Superintendent. Our website has more news and press releases: www.nps.gov/pefo/parknews/newsreleases.htm.
Did You Know?
Standing on the edge of a vast badlands landscape, a Spanish explorer is rumored to have named the area "El Desierto Pintado" (The Painted Desert) because the hills looked like they were painted with the colors of the sunset.