Dark Sky Festival

A full moon rises into a blue and starry sky over an ancient stone masonry village built into a cliff alcove in a forested canyon.
Moonrise over Spruce Tree House

Bettymaya Foott

Mesa Verde Dark Sky Festival

Celebrating Mesa Verde's Certification as the 100th International Dark Sky Park - September 10-16, 2021

Join us for a series of events, in the park and at local libraries, celebrating the dark skies of Mesa Verde country!

For more information on dark skies at Mesa Verde visit our Stargazing page.
 
A flyer advertising the schedule of events for Mesa Verde Dark Sky Festival against a stylized blue background of the mesa by night.
Dark Sky Festival In-Park Schedule 2021
 
A flyer advertising the schedule of events for Mesa Verde Dark Sky Festival against a stylized blue background of the mesa by night.
Dark Sky Festival Library Tour 2021 Schedule
 

Friday, September 10

Morefield Campround Amphitheater

8:00 PM 100th Dark Sky Park - Presentation by Park Ranger
8:30 PM Astronomy Talk - Presentation by Dr. Erica Ellingson, CU Boulder Professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Science
9:00 PM Astrophotography Workshop, Led by Bettymaya Foott, International Dark-Sky Association

Saturday, September 11

Morefield Campround Amphitheater

8:00 PM The Importance of Dark Skies - Presentation by Park Ranger
8:30 PM Astronomy Talk - Presentation by Dr. Erica Ellingson, CU Boulder Professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Science
9:00 PM Stargazing & Story Sharing, Led by Park Ranger

Tuesday, September 14

Mancos Public Library

7:30 PM Information & Craft Tables
8:00 PM The Importance of Dark Skies - Presentation by Park Ranger
8:30 PM Astronomy Talk - Presentation by Dr. Erica Ellingson, CU Boulder Professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Science
9:00 PM Stargazing & Story Sharing, Led by Park Ranger

Wednesday, September 15

Cortez Public Library

7:30 PM Information & Craft Tables
8:00 PM The Importance of Dark Skies - Presentation by Park Ranger
8:30 PM Astronomy Talk - Presentation by Dr. Erica Ellingson, CU Boulder Professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Science
9:00 PM Stargazing & Story Sharing, Led by Park Ranger

Thursday, September 16

Dolores Public Library

7:30 PM Information & Craft Tables
8:00 PM The Importance of Dark Skies - Presentation by Park Ranger
8:30 PM Astronomy Talk - Presentation by Dr. Erica Ellingson, CU Boulder Professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Science
9:00 PM Stargazing & Story Sharing, Led by Park Ranger

All events will be held outside. Please bring a folding chair, warm layers and a flashlight or headlamp. Consistent with CDC recommendaitons, participants should follow social distancing guidelines and stay at least six feet away from other people. People who are not fully vaccinated must wear a mask in crowded outdoor places.

Last updated: August 17, 2021

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 8
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330

Phone:

970-529-4465

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