Death Valley is a Gold Tier Dark Sky National Park

Death Valley National Park is designated as the largest Dark Sky National Park in the country by the International Dark Sky Association. Furnace Creek Resort, alongside the National Park Service, has taken measures to greatly minimize light pollution in the area. Because of this, the park is designated as a “Gold Tier” Dark Sky Park, the highest level awarded.

Located 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas and 295 miles northeast of Los Angeles, Furnace Creek is distant enough from the major cities in the Southwest to provide unobstructed view of the night’s sky, yet close enough for city dwellers to escape for the weekend.

During the winter and spring months, Death Valley National Park rangers hold stargazing events with various astronomy organizations, but the beautiful dark skies are an attraction for astronomy enthusiasts year-round.

Observers join the Las Vegas Astronomical Society for a complimentary Star Party at the Ranch at Furnace Creek. “Tonight’s Sky” tour begins each evening at 8 p.m. Parking is available at the Golf Course. Astronomers bringing telescopes please contact the LVAS for details. In addition to the night sky observations, join the LVAS for daytime viewing of the sun from the General Store patio.

Death Valley Winter Star Party in Partnership with the Las Vegas Astronomical Society

January 27-28, 2017

Observers join the Las Vegas Astronomical Society for a complementary Star Party at the Ranch at Furnace Creek. “Tonight’s Sky” tour begins each evening at 8 p.m. Parking is available at the Golf Course. Astronomers bringing telescopes please contact the LVAS for details. In addition to the night sky observations, join the LVAS for daytime viewing of the sun from the General Store patio.

A limited number of rooms are still available for the weekend. For Room Reservations or Campsite Spaces call 800-236-7916 or book online.

Visit our Calendar of Events on the Activities tab of the website to discover other important celestial events that may be occurring during your future visits.

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