Summer Night Sky Events
Sunset Crater Volcano, Where Dark Skies Come Out to Play
If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Join us this summer for our 4th year of celebrating incredible dark skies and inspiring starscapes at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. Whether you are an experienced stargazer, an amateur, or you have never looked through a telescope, our incredible volunteer astronomers and park rangers will be on hand to help you get the most out of the night skies.
Can you imagine a world without stars. Perhaps you don't have to imagine; dark night skies are a vanishing resource in many parts of the country. You can learn more about protecting our night skies here.
Summer 2014 Event Dates
Sunset Crater Volcano is located 12 miles north of Flagstaff on Highway 89. All events will take place at the Lava Flow Trail parking lot, located 1.5 miles east of the Sunset Crater Volcano Visitor Center on the park Loop Drive (FS 545).
Our special thanks to the Astronomers of the Verde Valley and to our Astro VIPs for helping to make these events possible every year.
Did You Know?
Sunset Crater was nearly dynamited in 1929, to create a landslide for the Hollywood movie "Avalanche". Local citizens were outraged and lobbied for its protection. The result was establishment of Sunset Crater National Monument in 1930. "Volcano" was added to the name in 1990.