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 Scheduled Dark Sky Events Summer 2020

For on-site events, please check with park day of event to see if it is still being held.

Weather and/or COVID-19 restrictions can effect planned events.

Rockport State Park:

Saturday, September 12th, 8:00 – 9:30 PM: “Girl Scouts Love State Parks – Virtual Dark Sky Program!”

This is an *online* event. As part of the 2020 Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend, Utah State Parks is partnering with the Girl Scouts of Utah to hold this virtual dark sky event! Join our Utah State Parks staff and the University of Utah’s South Physics Observatory to discover how to star hop and identify constellations, learn the basics of astronomy, and find out why Utah has some of the most beautiful dark skies in the world!

Event posting can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/211820926919915/


Jordanelle State Park:

Saturday, September 12th, 8:00 – 9:30 PM: “Girl Scouts Love State Parks – Virtual Dark Sky Program!”

This is an *online* event. As part of the 2020 Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend, Utah State Parks is partnering with the Girl Scouts of Utah to hold this virtual dark sky event! Join our Utah State Parks staff and the University of Utah’s South Physics Observatory to discover how to star hop and identify constellations, learn the basics of astronomy, and find out why Utah has some of the most beautiful dark skies in the world!

Event posting can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/211820926919915/


Kodachrome Basin State Park:

Come learn about the magic of dark skies at a star party at stunning Kodachrome Basin State Park this summer (schedule of planned events below). The park is located in remote southern Utah, with limited light sources nearby. This means the night sky is one of the darkest in the state. The park manager will be your guide for a constellation tour, teaching you where to find stars, planets, galaxies, and other celestial phenomena.

Social distancing rules will apply during these events. Please maintain 6′ social distance from people not in your family group at all times. Please wear face coverings when social distancing is difficult to maintain.

Kodachrome Basin State Park Star Parties Are Currently Postponed


East Canyon State Park:


Saturday, September 12th, 8:00 – 9:30 PM: “Girl Scouts Love State Parks – Virtual Dark Sky Program!”

This is an *online* event. As part of the 2020 Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend, Utah State Parks is partnering with the Girl Scouts of Utah to hold this virtual dark sky event! Join our Utah State Parks staff and the University of Utah’s South Physics Observatory to discover how to star hop and identify constellations, learn the basics of astronomy, and find out why Utah has some of the most beautiful dark skies in the world!

Event posting can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/199810344759691/