Night Sky Programs

Photo of the Moon
Earth's Moon.

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Star Walks and Moon Hikes


Program dates will be listed here when they are scheduled.


These programs are suitable for all ages, but 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 elevation change of 200 feet (61 m). Although this program is free, attendance will be limited to first-come, first-served with a maximum of 25 participants. Please register for this program 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 program may be canceled due to inclement weather.

 
Photo of a Perseid Meteor Shower.
Perseid Meteor Shower

NASA

Perseid Meteor Shower


Program date will be listed here when it's scheduled.


The Perseids, which peak during mid-August, are considered the best meteor shower of the year. With very fast and bright meteors, Perseids frequently leave long "wakes" of light and color behind them as they streak through Earth's atmosphere. The Perseids are one of the most plentiful showers (50-100 meteors seen per hour) and occur with warm summer nighttime weather, allowing sky watchers to easily view them.

The program is suitable for all ages, but be prepared to hike one mile (1.6 km). Although this program is free, attendance will be limited to first-come, first-served with a maximum of 25 participants. Please register for this program 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.

This program will begin after the Bat Flight Program at the shade shelter near the amphitheater.

Dress comfortably with comfortable shoes. No open-toed shoes and we recommend long pants, not shorts.

Please bring a red light flashlight or red light headlamps. Rangers will provide red light headlamps if you do not have one. Bring a blanket, tarp, or towel to lie on.

The program may be canceled due to inclement weather.

 

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Last updated: November 1, 2018

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