BEST SEASON: LATE MAY – SEPTEMBER | LOCATION: CEDAR CITY, BRIAN HEAD + CEDAR BREAKS
Spend a Dark Sky Weekend exploring the wilderness of Cedar Breaks National Monument, sleeping under the stars and getting to know distant galaxies.
The 400 Billion Star Campground
The Point Supreme Campground within Cedar Breaks National Monument is THE spot to fully experience the vastness of the night sky at 10,000 feet. Quiet and serene, the campground sits among dense forests of sub-alpine fir, Engleman spruce and quaking aspens, plus fields containing more than 150 species of wildflowers. ($)
If you prefer to overnight indoors, consider overnighting in Brian Head just a few miles north of Cedar Breaks. You have all kinds of choices from luxury lodges, cozy cabins, condos-even yurts! Spend the evening on the deck or cozy up next to the fire with a warm drink. ($$)
Venture to the Garth + Jerry Frehner Natural History Museum (Cedar City) and explore the Astronomy Corner, including local Night Sky Photos.
Parowan Gap Petroglyphs is a must-do on any night sky adventure. The Gap features one of the largest collections of petroglyphs in the west, including an ancient calendar system based on solar and lunar events. Be sure to pick up the Parowan Gap brochure at the Visitor Center.
Insider Tip: Stay and watch the sun set through the Gap.
Explore Cedar Breaks National Monument. Take a quiet walk along the Campground Trail or go on a Ranger led Geology Talk at Point Supreme.
Bonus: Most Saturdays in July, find solar telescopes at Point Supreme for a close up view of the sun.
To celebrate and share the beauty of our dark night skies, Cedar Breaks National Monument hosts Star Parties throughout the summer. The party kicks off with a laser tour of the constellations, followed by telescope viewing. Observe star clusters, nebulae, planets, and distant galaxies.
Cedar Breaks Star Parties are held Saturday evenings Memorial Day – Labor Day weekends.
End the Night
No Dark Sky tour is complete without a Campfire + Smores. Be sure to bring:
- Graham Crackers
Dark Skies Like a Pro
1. For the best possible views + very dark skies, book your trip around the time of the new moon.
2. Download the free Google Sky Map before you go + start studying the stars.
3. Pick up a Star Gazing Kit at the Iron County Visitor Center.