Dark Sky Preserves


2017 International Dark Sky Week

  • International Dark Sky Week, April 22-28, offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the night sky. A number of our state parks will stay open for self-guided stargazing and views of the night sky during this week. Be sure to call ahead for individual park hours, and then bring a blanket, sit back and take in the sights.

    Many of these events are free to attend, but a Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry.



Meteors & S'mores

  • We invite you to catch magnificent views of the Perseid meteor shower during "Meteors & S'mores" in participating state parks Aug. 12-15, 2017. The Perseid meteor shower is one of the best opportunities to see shooting stars with the naked eye. Bring blankets, seating, bug spray and snacks and enjoy a night of stargazing – campers and visitors are all welcome! Complimentary s’mores and campfires are part of the celebration. Designated viewing areas and viewing times will be specified at each park. 

    For Campers: To take full advantage of the meteor showers that will take place Aug. 12-17, visitors are encouraged to make camping reservations throughout the week and to sleep under the stars. To check camping availability and make a reservation, visit www.midnrreservations.com or call 1-800-44PARKS.


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