Dead Horse Point State Park

Night Sky

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

Dead Horse IDA Logo


Upcoming Programs

Meet at the Visitor Center for all programs

Bring your own chairs. 

Check Facebook for weather updates before programs start. Overcast skies, or other inclement weather, will cause programs to be cancelled.

August 3rd 10pm

August 4th 10pm

August 10th 9:30pm “Plan for Planets

August 18th 9pm “Plan for Planets”

August 20th 10pm

August 24 10pm

August 27th 10pm

August 31st 10pm

September 2nd 8pm “Junior Astronomer

September 2nd 9:30pm

September 7th 8:30pm “Plan for Planets

September 8th 8:30pm “Plan for Planets

September 10th 8:30pm “Plan for Planets

September 17th 8:30pm “Plan for Planets

September 22nd 9:30pm

September 24th 9:30pm

September 28th 9:30pm

September 29th 9:30pm

October 1st 8:30pm

October 5th 7:30pm “Plan for Planets

October 7th 7:30pm “Plan for Planets

October 19th 7:30pm

October 20th 7:30pm

October 22nd 7:30pm

October 26th 7:30pm

October 29th 7:30pm

October 31st 7:30pm