Stargazing & Astronomy
Half the park is after dark! From animals to plants and water to volcanoes, Lassen Volcanic National Park protects many different natural phenomena. One of the most spectacular is frequently overlooked -- our incredible, dark, night sky. Lassen Volcanic is one of the best places to learn about and enjoy the splendor of the night sky. Far from the light pollution of civilization, Lassen is one of the last sanctuaries of natural darkness. Whether you have yet to experience the grandeur of the Milky Way, or you are a dedicated amateur astronomer, Lassen's dark skies offer unparalleled view of the celestial wonders. Experience Lassen after dark:
2018 Dark Sky Festival: August 3-4
June 24, 2017 | Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center parking area | 10 - 11 pm
Partial Solar Eclipse
August 21, 2017 | 10:18 am
As Lassen is not in the path of totality, we do not expect significant visitation specifically for the event. However, August is typically a busy time of year in the park. We encourage visitors to reserve campsites and lodging ahead of time if you would like to be in the park for the eclipse. Be prepared for busy roads and parking areas, especially at Bumpass Hell and Devastated Area, which have limited spaces.
Remember eclipse viewing safety and come prepared. Lassen Association bookstores in the park have sold out of eclipse viewing glasses. Rangers will have a limited amount of glasses available for sharing. Never look at the sun without eclipse rated eyewear. Learn more with this short video from PBS.
Last updated: February 16, 2018