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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  • Capitol Reef National Park

    Star Program

    Tuesday, September 19, 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:
    8:30 PM to 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Campground amphitheater
    Fees:
    Free
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

    Dark Skies Ranger Talk and Stargazing

    Friday, September 22, 2017

    Stargazing with Rangers More

    Time:
    7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
    Location:
    Lake Powell Resort and Marina
    Fees:
    There is no fee to attend this event
  • Cedar Breaks National Monument

    Southwest Astronomy Festival

    Friday, September 22, 2017

    The Southwest Astronomy Festival is an annual event that will occur for the first time September 22-23, 2017. Astronomy events will be held at various locations and times including Cedar City, Saint George, Ivins, Springdale, and Pipe Spring, AZ. More

    Location:
    Various Locations in Southern Utah
    Fees:
    Free
  • Gateway National Recreation Area

    Stargazing

    Friday, September 22, 2017

    Join the Amateur Astronomers Association of Brooklyn for stargazing. More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    Location:
    Floyd Bennett Field - Community Gardens
    Fees:
    free
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore

    Stargazing at Fort Pickens Area

    Friday, September 22, 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
  • Gateway National Recreation Area

    Stargazing

    Saturday, September 23, 2017

    Public stargazing at Parking Lot A. More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    Location:
    Great Kills Park, Parking Lot A
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Twilight Walk

    Monday, September 25, 2017

    Leave the elk viewing crowds behind. Enjoy the magic of twilight as the sun sinks behind the high peaks. Join a ranger and learn what the natural world is doing as day slips into night. More

    Time:
    6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
    Location:
    Lily Lake
  • Arches National Park

    Celebrate the Stars

    Saturday, September 30, 2017

    Experience the naturally dark night skies around Moab. A short ranger talk will be followed by telescope viewing. More

    Time:
    7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Moab Brands Trails parking lot, Highway 191
    Fees:
    free
  • Tumacácori National Historical Park

    Experience the Night

    Thursday, October 5, 2017

    Explore the grounds of Tumacácori under the light of the full moon or under the stars. More

    Time:
    5:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    Location:
    Tumacácori Mission Grounds
    Fees:
    Entrance fee applies
  • Sagamore Hill National Historic Site

    Astronomy Night at Sagamore Hill

    Saturday, October 7, 2017

    Hofstra University will present an Astronomy Night at Sagamore Hill. Dr. Donald Lubowich, Coordinator of the Astronomy Outreach Program at Hofstra University, will give the public a spectacular glimpse of the heavens. More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    Location:
    Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free