Annual Southeast Utah AstroFest

Multi-colored poster featuring the Milky Way and Candlestick Arch promotes AstroFest 2024
Find astronomy events and activities for all at AstroFest!

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3rd Annual Southeast Utah AstroFest

Attention stargazers, astronomy enthusiasts, and celestial explorers! Get ready to embark on a journey through the cosmos at the 3rd annual Southeast Utah AstroFest, the ultimate astronomy festival happening under the vast skies of Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Dead Horse Point State Park!

Join park rangers for daytime and evening astronomy programs, telescope viewing, and family friendly activities at locations throughout the parks.

Thursday, June 6 Lecture at Moab Information Center

Moab Information Center, 25 E Center St, Moab, UT 84532
5:00-6:00 pm Native American Astronomy by Don Montoya

Day 1: Friday, June 7 at Arches National Park

Devils Garden Campground Ampitheater
8:30-9:30 pm Ranger Program: One Planet, Two Planets, Red Planet, Blue Planet: The Geology of Earth and Mars

Panorama Point
9:30-10 pm: Ranger Program: A Park Among the Stars
10-11:30 pm Telescope Viewing

Delicate Arch Viewpoint Parking Lot
9:30-10 pm: Ranger Program: Clash of the Constellations
10-11:30 pm Telescope Viewing

Windows Parking Lot
9:30-11:30 pm: Ranger Program: Written in the Stars
10-11:30 pm Telescope Viewing and Constellation Tour

Day 2: Saturday, June 8 at Dead Horse Point State Park

Daytime events at Dead Horse Point State Park Visitor Center

Visitor Center Parking Lot
9:30-10 pm: Ranger Program: Dark Sky Inspiration
10-11:30 pm: Telescope Viewing

Mountain Bike Parking Lot
9:30-10 pm: Ranger Program: Out of this World Constellation Adventure
10-11:30 pm: Telescope Viewing

Dead Horse Point
9:30-10 pm: Ranger Program: Solar System Safari
10-11:30 pm: Telescope Viewing

Day 3: Sunday, June 9 at Island in the Sky District, Canyonlands National Park

Daytime events at Island in the Sky Visitor Center

Grand View Point
9:30-10 pm: Ranger Program: The Space in Between
10-11:30 pm: Telescope viewing

Green River Overlook
9:30-10 pm: Ranger Program: You, Me & the Stars: How the Night Sky Connects Us All Through Time & Space.
10-11:30 pm: Telescope Viewing

A Ranger prepares a telescope at dusk for night sky viewing.
A ranger prepares a telescope at dusk for night sky viewing.

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Plan Ahead, Be Prepared

Watch the weather. Telescope viewing may be canceled or affected by clouds or storms. Programs and telescope viewing may be canceled in the event of lightning.

Arrive early. Parking may fill at program locations. We recommend arriving before 9 pm to secure a parking spot.

Be prepared. Please bring a red flashlight, sturdy shoes, reflective or high visibility clothing, and warm layers.

Attending all events is free with park admission.

Pets are discouraged. Please find suitable care for furry friends, as pets are not allowed at the program locations and leaving pets inside vehicles for the duration of the event is not recommended.

Campgrounds at both the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands and Arches may fill early. Have a backup location in mind if you plan to camp.


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Last updated: May 22, 2024

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