Apr 2, 2024 - News

A guide to Utah Dark Sky Month events

Stars above Double Arch in Arches National Park. Photo: Alan Dyer, VW PICS/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Stars above Double Arch in Arches National Park. Photo: Alan Dyer, VW PICS/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

It's Dark Sky Month in Utah — and International Dark Sky Week everywhere else!

Why it matters: Light pollution is ecologically hazardous, especially to birds that use the moon and stars to navigate and are attracted to city lights instead.

State of play: Utah has 23 officially-designated "Dark Sky Places," including national and state parks and entire towns.

Lucky us: We don't have far to travel!

Wasatch Front

Clark Planetarium: Along with the usual shows and activities, there are two outdoor star parties this month:

University of Utah: The South Physics Observatory hosts free star parties starting 7pm each Wednesday, with optimal viewing at 8pm.

Stansbury Park Observatory Complex: The Salt Lake Astronomical Star Party starts at 10pm April 20 in Tooele County.

BYU Astronomical Society: Star parties start at 9pm each Friday at the Eyring Science Center observation deck.

  • Check out their recs for other viewing spots in Utah County.

Antelope Island: The gift shop has protective glasses for the April 8 solar eclipse.

  • Star Party: Join the Ogden Astronomical Society at the White Rock Bay trailhead 6pm April 13 for a glimpse of the sun, followed by telescopic views of the night sky.
  • The park website has more tips for stargazing on the island.

Compass Rose Lodge: The Huntsville Astronomic and Lunar Observatory offers private "Starwalk Tours" for $20 per adult, $15 per child 12 and younger.

Southern Utah

Canyonlands National Park: Night sky programs start at 8:30pm on April 3 and 6 at the Green River Overlook, Island in the Sky District.

  • Evening programs are at 8pm each Wednesday through Saturday starting April 10 at the Needles Campground Amphitheater.

Cedar Breaks National Monument: Join the final Dark Sky Tour of the season 6:30pm Saturday at the North View Overlook.

Dead Horse Point State Park: Star parties give visitors a peek through telescopes and "tours" through constellations at 8:30pm April 6 and 9 in the visitor center parking lot.

  • Sunset talks begin at 7pm April 12 and 18 at Dead Horse Point Overlook.
  • A 2-mile "Mindfulness Meander" begins at 6:45pm at the Overlook and continues after sundown.
  • Full moon hikes are set for 8:30pm April 23 and 24 at the visitor center.
  • An "Amphibian Adventure" takes you to toad breeding grounds at 8:30pm April 28.

Goblin Valley State Park: Visit the amphitheater for a dark sky program 8:30pm Saturday.

Jackson Flat Reservoir: Join the Stellar Vista Observatory for a short moonlight promenade, 8:30pm April 20.

Snow Canyon State Park: A star party begins at 8:30pm Saturday at the Upper Galoot rec area.

  • Come back for a solar eclipse viewing party, 11am Monday.
  • Commune with the creatures of the night with a Bug Bonanza, 8:30pm April 20.
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