Come and explore the wonders of the night sky on Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim with the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association and on the North Rim with the Saguaro Astronomy Club of Phoenix. Expect spectacular views of the universe! The Grand Canyon is one of the best night sky observing sites in the United States because it has some of the darkest skies and cleanest air in the country.
Park visitors will have a chance to view the planet Saturn along with a wide assortment of star clusters, galaxies, and nebulae by night. You may also get a chance to view the sun or the planet Venus by day.
SOUTH RIM EVENTS
Events on the South Rim will include a slide show nightly at 8:00 p.m., followed by telescope viewing behind the Grand Canyon Visitor Center. Parking is available in lots 1 through 4, and the Village Route shuttle bus runs every half-hour until 11:00 p.m. Arrive a few minutes early to make sure you get a seat at the slide show!
NORTH RIM EVENTS
Events on the North Rim include telescopes set up on the porch of the lodge every evening, with some possibility of daytime scopes available. Please check the bulletin boards at the Visitor Center for additional events like star talks and special slide show programs in the Grand Canyon Lodge auditorium.
WHAT TO BRING
Dress warmly, since temperatures drop quickly after sunset even in the summer months. Also, bring a flashlight to make your way safely to the telescope viewing areas. A red flashlight will work best if you have one.
The Grand Canyon Star Party event is free other than the park entrance fee of $25 per vehicle. This entrance fee is good for 7 days of coming and going to either the South or North Rims. No reservations are needed.
For more information on the Grand Canyon Star Party as well as other things to do in the Grand Canyon, please contact 928-638-7888 or visit The Grand Canyon Star Party Online.