Stargazing at Petrified Forest National Park Summer 2011
Contact: Hallie Larsen, 928-524-6228 x274
Petrified Forest, AZ―This summer, discover the "dark side" of Petrified Forest National at the Stories in the Stars Evening Program. These star parties will allow 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). Remember that the park closes at 7 pm, so you will need to enter before that time. 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, lightning etc.). Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience Petrified Forest National Park after dark!
June 1 Meet at PDI at 7 pm, Sunset at 7:28 pm, program starts afterward, stargazing from 8-9 pm.
July 29 Meet at PDI at 7 pm, Sunset at 7:25 pm, program starts afterward, stargazing from 8-9 pm.
September 2 Meet at PDI at 6:30 pm, Sunset at 6:45 pm, program starts afterward, stargazing from 7:15-8:15.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.
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.