News Release

Exploring the Night Sky at Colorado National Monument

Subscribe RSS Icon | What is RSS
Date: August 16, 2019
Contact: Arlene Jackson, 970-858-3617 x361
Contact: Alicia Lafever, 970-858-3617 x362

Fruita, CO – Join National Park Service staff and volunteers to explore the night sky on Friday, August 23, 2019. This event will take place at the Saddlehorn Picnic Area near the visitor center. The event will start at 7:30pm (before dark) with demonstrations and discussion areas. After dark participants will be able to check out stars and other celestial objects through the telescopes.

Some of the fun activities while it is still light dark will include
•   Learning how the constellations got their names
•   Finding out how telescopes work
•   Exploring why dark night skies are critical to our environment
•   Exploring ways we preserve dark night skies

Children participating in the event will receive the Jr Ranger Night Explorer activity book and patch.
The event is open to the public and free of charge. Regular park entrance fees apply. For additional information please visit or call 970-858-3617, ext. 360.

 Support is provided by Colorado National Monument Association a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit educational organization which helps support educational, scientific, historic, and research projects.
About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 419 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at, on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube

Last updated: August 16, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1750 Rim Rock Drive
Fruita, CO 81521


(970) 858-3617 x360

Contact Us