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Stargazing Events in Southeast Utah

people illuminated with red lights stand near a telescope with a starry sky overhead
People gather for a ranger-led stargazing program at Grand View Point in Canyonlands National Park.

NPS/Chris Wonderly

Explore the night sky with a ranger in southeast Utah! Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments offer ranger-led stargazing programs spring through fall. Check out program details below. Bring a chair or a blanket to sit on, a red flashlight (if you have one), and warm clothes.

Can't make it for a ranger-led stargazing program? Don't worry! All the parks offer incredible night skies and excellent places to stargaze on your own.

Ranger-led Stargazing Programs

Arches National Park

During the spring and fall, Arches rangers team up with rangers from Canyonlands National Park's Island in the Sky district and Dead Horse Point State Park to introduce visitors to the wonders of the night sky. Programs rotate among the three parks and usually occur around the new moon. A ranger program will be followed by stargazing and telescope viewing. Programs at Arches begin at either the visitor center or Panorama Point. Check at the visitor center for details. Programs will take place in good weather or bad.

Canyonlands National Park

Island in the Sky

During the spring and fall, Island in the Sky district rangers team up with rangers from Arches National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park to introduce visitors to the wonders of the night sky. Locations will rotate among the three parks and the start time will vary with the time of sunset. Programs at Island in the Sky begin at Grand View Point. Check at the visitor center for details. A ranger program will be followed by stargazing and telescope viewing. Programs will take place in good weather or bad.

The Needles

Stargazing events at The Needles district occur occasionally in spring and fall. They include a night sky program, followed by telescope viewing. Programs begin at The Needles Visitor Center. Start times will vary based on the time of sunset. Programs will take place in good weather or bad.

The Maze

Stargazing events at The Maze district occur occasionally in spring and fall. Programs will take place in good weather or bad.

Hovenweep National Monument

Rangers offer occasional stargazing programs at Hovenweep National Monument. Programs begin at the visitor center.

Natural Bridges National Monument

Rangers offer occasional stargazing programs at Natural Bridges National Monument. Programs begin at the visitor center.

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Rules about pets in parks vary. Check with each park on stargazing locations and whether pets are allowed.
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
Rangers offer stargazing programs at Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Hovenweep National Monument, and Natural Bridges National Monument. Rangers may also assist at stargazing programs at Dead Horse Point State Park. Check at park visitor centers for details.
Accessibility Information

Stargazing programs are usually held in parking lots and paved areas that are accessible to wheelchairs.

Programs take place in low-light conditions. 

Service animals are welcome. What is a service animal?

Last updated: June 3, 2019