Schedule of Events

A cowboy contemplates a clear, starry night sky over the desert horizon at Big Bend National Park, Texas.
A cowboy contemplates a clear, starry night sky over the desert horizon at Big Bend National Park, Texas.

© Tyler Nordgren (with permission only)

The following events are a partial listing of night sky activities at national parks. For additional offerings both inside and outside the parks, including astronomical events, visit the Where to Stargaze and More Night! website pages.

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  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Celestial Wilderness

    Thursday, July 20, 2017

    Use a telescope to explore the astronomy of Rocky’s night sky. Dress warmly, bring binoculars if you have them. If overcast, meet at Kawuneeche Visitor Center for an indoor presentation. More

    Time:
    9:00 PM to 10:30 PM
    Location:
    Harbison Meadow Parking Area (if cloudy, Kawuneeche Visitor Center)
  • Capitol Reef National Park

    Star Program

    Thursday, July 20, 2017

    Take a naked-eye tour of the night sky at our International Dark Sky Park. Meet at the campground amphitheater (1 mile/1.6 km south of the visitor center on the Scenic Drive); 20–30 minutes. More

    Time:
    10:00 PM to 10:30 PM
    Location:
    Campground amphitheater
    Fees:
    Free
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    The Great American Solar Eclipse

    Thursday, July 20, 2017

    On August 21, a solar eclipse will happen across the US. Drop by to learn how a solar eclipse happens, what you might see, and how to view the eclipse safely. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Kawuneeche Visitor Center
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Astronomy in the Park

    Friday, July 21, 2017

    Observe the night sky with the help of a park ranger and expert volunteer astronomers. More

    Time:
    8:15 PM
    Location:
    Upper Beaver Meadows Trailhead
    Fees:
    Free
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

    Dark Skies Ranger Talk and Stargazing

    Friday, July 21, 2017

    Stargazing with Rangers More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    Location:
    Wahweap Swim Beach Parking Lot
    Fees:
    There is no fee to attend this event
  • Chickasaw National Recreation Area

    Star Party

    Friday, July 21, 2017

    Astronomy program at Veterans Lake More

    Time:
    9:00 PM to 9:30 PM
    Location:
    Veterans Lake Dam
    Fees:
    Free
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore

    Stargazing at Fort Pickens Area

    Friday, July 21, 2017

    Join park staff and volunteers from the Escambia Amateur Astronomer’s Association (EAAA) for a fun night out under the stars. Get an up close view of some celestial objects and learn more about the night sky. Telescopes will be available for use. More

    Time:
    7:45 PM to 10:00 PM
    Location:
    Fort Pickens Area
    Fees:
    FREE - Entrance Fee Required
  • Colorado National Monument

    Star Party

    Saturday, July 22, 2017

    Come and view the night sky through large telescopes with the Western Colorado Astronomy Club (WCAC). More

    Time:
    8:00 PM
    Location:
    Saddlehorn Picnic Parking Lot
    Fees:
    Regular Entrance Fees Apply
  • Cedar Breaks National Monument

    Summer Star Party!

    Saturday, July 22, 2017

    Go on a laser guided tour of the night sky and gaze at celestial objects through park telescopes! More

    Time:
    8:30 PM to 11:00 PM
    Location:
    Point Supreme
    Fees:
    Park Fees Apply
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Twilight Walk

    Saturday, July 22, 2017

    Soak in the magical twilight hour as the sun sinks behind the high peaks. Learn what the natural world is doing as day slips into night. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. More

    Time:
    7:45 PM to 9:15 PM
    Location:
    Sprague Lake
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Twilight Walk

    Monday, July 24, 2017

    Soak in the magical twilight hour as the sun sinks behind the high peaks. Learn what the natural world is doing as day slips into night. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. More

    Time:
    7:45 PM to 9:15 PM
    Location:
    Bear Lake
  • Glacier National Park

    Logan Pass Star Party

    Friday, July 28, 2017

    Take advantage of Glacier's unusually dark skies to gaze through telescopes into the depths of the universe More

    Time:
    10:00 PM to 12:00 AM,9:00 PM to 12:00 AM
    Location:
    Logan Pass
    Fees:
    Free ticket, usual park entrance fees apply
  • Arches National Park

    Celebrate the Stars

    Saturday, July 29, 2017

    Rangers from Dead Horse Point State Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Arches National Park will join forces—and telescopes—to offer visitors a chance to experience "the park after dark." A short ranger talk will be followed by telescope viewing.  More

    Time:
    9:30 PM to 11:30 PM
    Location:
    Bar-M trailhead, north of Arches on US 191
    Fees:
    Free
  • Canyonlands National Park

    Celebrate the Stars

    Saturday, July 29, 2017

    Rangers from Dead Horse Point State Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Arches National Park will join forces—and telescopes—to offer visitors a chance to experience "the park after dark." A short ranger talk will be followed by telescope viewing.  More

    Time:
    9:30 PM to 11:30 PM
    Location:
    Bar-M Trailhead, just north of Arches National Park on US 191
    Fees:
    Free
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Twilight Walk

    Wednesday, August 2, 2017

    Soak in the magical twilight hour as the sun sinks behind the high peaks. Learn what the natural world is doing as day slips into night. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. More

    Time:
    7:15 PM to 8:45 PM
    Location:
    Bear Lake
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Celestial Wilderness

    Thursday, August 3, 2017

    Use a telescope to explore the astronomy of Rocky’s night sky. Dress warmly, bring binoculars if you have them. If overcast, meet at Kawuneeche Visitor Center for an indoor presentation. More

    Location:
    Harbison Meadow Parking Area (if cloudy, Kawuneeche Visitor Center)
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Stories Behind the Moon and Stars

    Friday, August 4, 2017

    The night sky comes alive through storytelling and fun activities. Celebrate darkness at Rocky! More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 9:30 PM
    Location:
    Moraine Park Discovery Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Twilight Walk

    Saturday, August 5, 2017

    Soak in the magical twilight hour as the sun sinks behind the high peaks. Learn what the natural world is doing as day slips into night. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. More

    Time:
    7:15 PM to 8:45 PM
    Location:
    Sprague Lake
  • Aztec Ruins National Monument

    Full Moon Tour at Aztec Ruins National Monument

    Sunday, August 6, 2017

    Experience the Full Moon rise over Aztec Ruins on a guided Full Moon Tour! More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    Location:
    Aztec West great house
    Fees:
    Free
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Twilight Walk

    Monday, August 7, 2017

    Soak in the magical twilight hour as the sun sinks behind the high peaks. Learn what the natural world is doing as day slips into night. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. More

    Time:
    7:15 PM to 8:45 PM
    Location:
    Bear Lake
  • Cape Cod National Seashore

    Star Party: Perseid Meteor Shower

    Saturday, August 12, 2017

    Meet a ranger at Marconi Beach as you enjoy the Perseid meteor shower, and learn about the science behind the spectacle. More

    Time:
    9:00 PM to 10:30 PM
    Location:
    Marconi Beach Parking Lot
    Fees:
    Free
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Astronomy in the Park

    Friday, August 18, 2017

    Observe the night sky with the help of a park ranger and expert volunteer astronomers. More

    Time:
    7:45 PM
    Location:
    Upper Beaver Meadows Trailhead
    Fees:
    Free
  • Cedar Breaks National Monument

    Summer Star Party!

    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Go on a laser guided tour of the night sky and gaze at celestial objects through park telescopes! More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 10:30 PM
    Location:
    Point Supreme, Cedar Breaks
    Fees:
    Park Entrance Fees Apply
  • Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

    Total Solar Eclipse Weekend

    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    A weekend of astronomers and Native Americans talking about the solar eclipse. More

    Location:
    Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
    Fees:
    Free

Last updated: September 14, 2016