Ready to get acquainted with some of the darkest skies on planet earth? An International Dark Skies-certified park, get Death Valley’s Dark Sky Festival on your calendar for an unforgettable celestial show. A Dark Sky Ranger-led Death Valley National Park event, listen in on astronomy lectures from the the pros at NASA and the Jet Propulsory Laboratory (JPL), Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), and Dark Sky Rangers, along with astrophotography workshops for all camera formats and skill sets, astronomy walks, and of course unbeatable stargazing with thousands of stars, constellations, planets and galaxies visible to the naked eye.
Within minutes of Beatty and Pahrump, Death Valley National Park is an incredible place to explore by day, and just as breathtaking (if not more!) at night. As some of the best stargazing in the country with zero to none surrounding light pollution, Death Valley National Park has been designated as a Gold Tier Dark Sky Park—the highest rating of darkness made by the International Dark Sky Association. By day, get in on guided hikes and Dark Sky Ranger-led lectures, all kinds of family fun activities, and an exploration fair. During the evening hours, visitors can participate in night sky photography meetups and workshops, and a star party that celebrates the spectacular skies overhead.
While admission to this event is free, admission to the park in order to access the event is not. For a full list of Death Valley fees and passes, click here. For a complete schedule of events, planning your trip to Death Valley, and more information on the Death Valley Dark Sky Festival, get in touch with the park directly at (760) 786-3200.