Death Valley Dark Sky Festival

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Death Valley offers some of the best stargazing in America. The International Dark-Sky Association has designated Death Valley National Park a Gold Tier Dark Sky Park, which is the highest rating of darkness.

During our annual spring Dark Sky Festival, visitors are invited to come explore the night sky and the unique park landscapes which can help us better understand wonders beyond our world. This event is a collaboration between Death Valley National Park, our non-profit partner Death Valley Natural History Association, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Ames Research Center, SETI Institute and California Institute of Technology.

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Auditorium Talks

Attend a talk to learn about the mysteries of the universe and how we explore them.

A scientist helps a child look through a telescope with a solar lens.

Exploration Fair

Participate in hands on activities at various booths.

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Talks Around the Park

Learn from a scientist out in the field.

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Astrophotography Meetups

Take night photos in one of the darkest places in the United States.

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Astronomy Programs

Learn about the night sky through ranger talks and telescope viewings.

A child constructs an arts and crafts "Mars Rover".

Family Programs

Activities for the whole family


Event Schedule

The 2023 festival will be held February 10-12. Check back closer to the festival date for a schedule. We hope to see you there!

Where to Stay

The park gets busy during the festival, so we recommend making reservations early. Camping and lodging options are available.

Enjoying the Park at Night

Want to experience Death Valley at night but aren't able to make it during the festival? Rangers have created a list of some of the best ways to explore Death Valley after dark.

A rocky desert landscape with the remains of a rusty car in the foreground and the Milky Way arching over mountains in the distance in a starry night sky.
Viewing the Milky Way in Death Valley National Park can be a humbling experience.

© Patrick Taylor


Last updated: October 7, 2022

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