Many Arizona State Parks host fun, educational Star Parties or astronomy events! Our astronomy program has been in operation since 2007 and continues to grow. At a typical star night event, you can hear a lecture (often with guest speakers), and view celestial objects (planets, nebulas, stars) through a variety of telescopes. Some events have information tables and afternoon solar viewings as well. These events are supported by Arizona astronomy clubs and individuals who invite the public to come see Arizona's amazing night skies. Watch our video, which gives a good introduction to star night activities. Learn more about what to expect and what to bring on this page.
Mike Weasner of the Oracle Dark Skies Committee has created a time-lapse film of the dark skies at the park. You can watch two hours of the night sky passing by in 11 seconds. There is no audio track to this piece.
The International Dark Sky Association designated some parks as Dark Sky Parks if they meet their criteria. Our Dark Sky Parks include Oracle State Park and Kartchner Caverns State Park, but many of our parks hold Star Parties!