Astronomy & Night Sky Programs
A Place of Wonder
The night sky at Bryce is so dark we can see thousands stars on a moonless night! Here the Milky Way extends from horizon to horizon like a vast silver rainbow. Planets glow brightly in the sky and starlight illuminates the night.
No visit to Bryce Canyon is complete without joining the Astronomy Rangers for one of their educational and entertaining celebrations of natural darkness. Check our program schedule or come in to the Visitor Center to find out when and how you can join us for an awesome astronomy experience.
Looking for total night-sky immersion? Join us for our Annual Astronomy Festival!
To learn more about our night sky, visit the links below.
Astronomy Program Schedule
Most astronomy programs are followed by stargazing with telescopes. Check the program schedule or come to the Visitor Center for more information. Programs are subject to weather and may be cancelled in the event of adverse conditions.
No Reservations are Required
Check at the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center upon your arrival to decide which astronomy related topic being offered is of most interest to you and where to go for its starting location.
Special Guest Astronomers
Club members occasionally join us for our weekly astronomy programs and come in force for our annual Astronomy Festival. SLAS members graciously share their personally owned telescopes and their love of the night sky. Click here to learn more about SLAS.
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BRYCE CANYON ASTRONOMY FESTIVAL
- Famous astronomy/night sky guest speakers
Visit our Astronomy Festival page to see past activity schedules and get updates on future events.
FULL MOON HIKES
When:Full Moon nights
Where:Announced only to ticket holders
Duration:1-2 miles, 2-3 hours
Join one of Bryce Canyon's Astronomy Rangers for a nocturnal adventure. These highly popular hikes are only offered during the full moon. Flashlights are prohibited and "lug traction" footwear is required.
A limited number of tickets are available for each hike - please visit the Full Moon Hike page for details.
When: Weekly during Summer season, weather and staff permitting
Remember how Mom always said you shouldn't look at the sun and never through binoculars or a telescope? Well, it's okay to do it with our special solar telescopes! Look for our staffed solar viewing station in front of the Visitor Center where you can take a safe look at our Sun -- the bringer of life and the giver of death!
Last updated: September 29, 2018