Summer Night Sky Events

2017 Sunset Crater Night Sky Celebration

Solar Viewing
Saturday, August 26th
Sunset Crater Volcano Visitor Center • 1:00 - 4:00pm

Here is your chance to safely look at the surface of the sun and learn about its properties! Join park rangers and volunteers to view the sun through a properly filtered solar telescope. Park entry fees apply.

Cultural Talk & Telescope Viewing
Saturday, August 26th
Lava Flow Trail Amphitheater • 8:00 - 10:30 p.m.

Come enjoy Native American constellation stories delivered by a Native American speaker from 8:00–8:45 p.m. This amazing opportunity will be followed by telescope and star viewings from 8:45–10:30 p.m. Contact the Sunset Crater Volcano Visitor Center at (928) 526-0502 for more information.


From Flagstaff, Arizona, take U.S. 89 north for 12 miles (19km). After milepost 430, turn right on the Sunset Crater Volcano–Wupatki Loop Road, and continue 2 miles (3km) to the visitor center. The drive time from Flagstaff to Sunset Crater Volcano is 30 minutes. Solar viewing will take place at the Sunset Crater Volcano Visitor Center. All other events will take place at the Lava Flow Trail parking lot, located 1.5 miles east of the visitor center on the park loop drive (FS 545).


Solar Viewing at Sunset Crater Volcano
Astronomy volunteers prepare for solar viewing at Sunset Crater Volcano

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Sunset Crater Volcano, Where Dark Skies Come Out to Play

If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Join us this summer for our 6th year of celebrating incredible dark skies and inspiring starscapes at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. Whether you are an experienced stargazer, an amateur, or you have never looked through a telescope, our incredible volunteer astronomers and park rangers will be on hand to help you get the most out of the night skies.

Can you imagine a world without stars. Perhaps you don't have to imagine; dark night skies are a vanishing resource in many parts of the country. You can learn more about protecting our night skies here.

Astronomers of the Verde Valley

Our special thanks to the Astronomers of the Verde Valley and to our Astro VIPs for helping to make these events possible every year.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

6400 U.S. 89
Flagstaff, AZ 86004


(928) 526-0502

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