Dark Sky

Dark Sky Events & Programs

Utah State Parks have some of the darkest night skies in North America. An ever-increasing number of our visitors appreciate and seek out the pristine night skies and after-dark programming we offer. Our parks employees want to responsibly manage and enhance this resource.

To keep you all engaged, check out the dark sky programs below!

State Parks Dark Sky Activities & Events

Weather can affect planned events. Please check with the state park directly for more information.

Antelope Island State Park

Sunset / Moonrise Hike
January 25, 2024 — 5:00 PM
Gravel Pit Trailhead

Join us at the Gravel Pit trailhead for an easy 1-mile walk to a beautiful viewpoint. We’ll see a stunning sunset and watch the full moon rise over the Wasatch mountains. Everyone is welcome, including families and dogs on leashes. Remember to dress warmly. Shoe spikes are recommended for better footing.

There is no fee for this program but regular park entry fees apply. Contact tackley@utah.gov with any questions.

Park Impacts: None

Dark Sky Week
April 8 – 15, 2024

Embark on a journey through the night with a mix of on-site and virtual experiences, all designed to cherish the beauty of our nocturnal world. Keep an eye out for further updates!

Park Impacts: None

Dead Horse Point State Park

Full Moon Hike
January 25, 2024
— 6:00 PM
Visitor Center

Discover the mysteries of the night on a moonlit hike guided by one of our rangers. Join us for a roughly 1-mile journey, starting at 6:00 PM in front of the Visitor Center. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress warmly for the cold.

Goblin Valley State Park

Winter Star Party
February 2, 2024 — 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Constellation Tour & Greek Tales: Dive into the winter night sky and discover stars like Orion the Hunter. Plus, we’ll show you how to spot cool sights like the Andromeda Galaxy with just your eyes!

Winter Star Party
February 3, 2024 — 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Join a park volunteer to view deep space objects through telescopes, including the Great Orion Nebula, the crown jewel of the night sky.

Snow Canyon State Park

Our park has exceptional views of starry skies and is currently applying to be certified as an International Dark Sky Park!

All listed events at Snow Canyon State Park are free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration required unless otherwise noted. Program registration is held two days preceding the scheduled event. Register by phone or in person. For details or to register, please reach out to our park team at (435) 628-2255.

Star Party
January 20, 2024 — 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Upper Galoot

Join us for an enchanting evening under the stars at Snow Canyon. Grab your camp chair, blanket, and a cozy drink, and let’s marvel at the cosmos together. No need to register—simply gather at Upper Galoot and embrace the night sky.

Moonlit Stroll
January 27, 2024 — 8:30 – 9:30 PM

Join us for a serene moonlit walk where you’ll discover fascinating insights about our moon and enjoy the captivating canyon night scenery. Registration opens on January 25. To secure your spot, please call (435) 628-2255.

Full Moon Hike
February 24, 2024 — 8:00 – 9:30 PM

Embark on an exhilarating full-moon journey across sandstone terrains, offering both challenge and enchantment. Registration opens on February 22. Reserve your spot by calling (435) 628-2255.

Check back soon for more events!