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Astronomy in the Park

Ranger-led night sky programs are held in the park in the summer starting in mid-June.

In June, July and August the night sky comes alive through storytelling and fun activities. Celebrate darkness at Rocky!


Observe the night sky with the help of a park ranger and expert volunteer astronomers. Dress warmly, bring binoculars and a flashlight.


Each August, the Perseid meteor shower reappears—and Rocky’s dark skies make for a brilliant show. These shooting stars appear at a rate of one per minute or more at the peak. The Perseid meteor shower, one of the brighter meteor showers of the year, occurs every year between July 17 and August 24. The shower tends to peak around August 9-13.


The best time to view the Perseids, or most other meteor showers, is when the sky is the darkest. Most astronomers suggest that-depending on the Moon’s phase-the best time to view meteor showers is right before dawn.


Get the Official Schedules:

Download the Program Schedule on the NPS website at

For more information about these programs in Rocky Mountain National Park, call 970-586-1206.

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