One of the last true dark skies in America...
As of spring 2016, Great Basin has been designated an International Dark Sky Park! The International Dark Sky Association has recognized that Great Basin provides distinguished and significant opportunities to experience dark nights. We protect our pristine nighttime environment for scientific, recreational, and cultural values.
On a clear, moonless night in Great Basin National Park, thousands of stars, five of our solar system's eight planets, star clusters, meteors, man-made satellites, the Andromeda Galaxy, and the Milky Way can be seen with the naked eye. The area boasts some of the darkest night skies left in the United States. Low humidity and minimal light pollution, combined with high elevation, create a unique window to the universe.
Can you make a difference with light pollution? Yes, look at the International Dark Sky Association website.
Astronomy Program Schedule
Astronomy program days and start times change throughout the year.
Astronomy programs currently start at 8:00 PM Pacific Time at the Lehman Caves Visitor Center. The programs are free and no reservations are necessary.
All astronomy programs will start with a ranger talk at the Lehman Caves Visitor Center, followed by ranger-led telescope viewing. No telescope is required as we will have them available.
Astronomy program rules:
Other Astronomy Activities in the Park
Full Moon Hike
Solar Telescope Viewing
Astronomy Festival - September 21 - 23, 2017
Great Basin National Park will be hosting its annual Astronomy Festival. Enjoy three days and nights of astronomy-themed events, including the famous ranger talent show and stargazing through over 30 different telescopes!
Want to explore the night sky on your own at Great Basin? Visit our stargazing page to learn where and when to go, what to bring, and what you might see.
Telescopes available at all astronomy programs has been generously funded by the Great Basin National Park Foundation.
Last updated: July 28, 2017