Night Sky Programs

Photo of the Moon
Earth's Moon.


Star Walks and Moon Hikes

Star Walks: May 31, June 2, June 28, June 30, July 26, July 28, August 30, August 31, September 1, September 27, and October 25

Moon Hikes: June 14, June 15, July 12, July 13, August 9, August 10, September 13, September 14, and October 12

The minimum age for participants on the Star Walk is six years old. The minimum age for participants on the Moon Hike is eight years old.

Be prepared to hike 1/2 mile (0.8 km) for Star Walks and 1.5 miles (2.4 km) for Moon Hikes on a rugged desert trail with an elevation change of 200 feet (61 m). Although these programs are free, attendance will be limited to first-come, first-served with a maximum of 25 participants for each program. Please register for the programs at the information desk in the visitor center on the day of the program. Registration may be available at the evening's Bat Flight Program. Ask a ranger for more details.

All hikes will begin after the Bat Flight Program. Meet the rangers at the park sign next to the visitor center at the designated time of the night's program.

Dress comfortably with comfortable shoes. No open-toed shoes and we recommend long pants on the Star Walks. Long pants are required on the Moon Hikes. Bring water and a snack. For the Star Walk, bring a blanket or towel to lie on.

Please bring a red light flashlight or red light headlamps. Rangers will provide red light headlamps if you do not have any.

The programs may be canceled due to inclement weather.

Park ranger adjusts telescope against a starry sky background
A park ranger adjusts a telescope.


Star Parties

June 1, June 29, July 27, August 24, September 28, and October 26

Come explore the night sky through the eye of a powerful telescope. Park rangers will point out some of the harder-to-find objects in outer space.

This program is suitable for all ages, children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Star Parties are free and do not require registration.

Star Parties begin after the Bat Flight Program and take place near the Bat Flight Amphitheater. Please walk, do not drive, to this location on the marked path from the Bat Flight Amphitheater to avoid headlights interfering with night viewing.

Please only use red lights if you choose to bring a flashlight or headlamp.

Star Parties may be canceled due to inclement weather.

Please check with a park ranger for more details.


Spot the Station from Carlsbad Caverns!

Look for the International Space Station from either of our parking lots!

Last updated: October 10, 2019

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Carlsbad, NM 88220


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