Special Events & Programs
Night Sky at Dead Horse Point State Park
With the harnessing of electricity and the invention of the lightbulb, the world would never be the same. Night became a tamed force, cities dominated as home of the people. Along with this, one of the most ancient connections humanity has had with the natural world has become less predominant in our lives. The night sky, familiar, necessary and mysterious at the same time, disappeared from the catalog of what all needed to know.
In counterpoint to this, southern Utah has remained a last refuge for dark skies, skies that rival those our ancestors saw. Dead Horse Point State Park, recognized as an International Dark Sky Park in 2016, is one of the most active and accessible areas to stargaze in the Moab area. Its high plateau location, mountains far in the distance and cities out of sight yields a nearly full view of celestial sphere. Park staff routinely provide programs celebrating the night sky, from walks under the full moon to gazing through telescopes at objects millions of light years away. Whether you want to enjoy by yourself or join a ranger, Dead Horse Point State Park is a premier spot to see the skies our ancestors wondered over and survived with.
International Dark Sky Brochure
August 25th- 8:30pm
Join a ranger for a sunset hike returning under the light of the moon. Arrive around 8:30pm and expect an hour long hike over easy terrain. Bring a headlamp or flashlight (but don’t expect to use it), warm clothes for chilly conditions and sturdy hiking footwear. Hike meets at the Visitor Center and will travel a portion of the East Rim Trail. Park entrance fee required.
September 8th, 2018: Location and Time TBA
Join rangers from Dead Horse Point, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks for a celebration of southern Utah’s dark skies! Party will include a brief program, constellation tour and telescope viewing. It’s recommended that you bring a camp chair to sit in, red lights for walking around the party, and clothes appropriate for the forecast. A cloudy or clear event! Telescope viewing dependent on ability to view space.
Learn more about International Dark Sky Parks