Grand Canyon Plaza Hotel PRESSROOM
Apr 2018Living in or near a city, you will never see stars like at the Grand Canyon. The smallest amount of light can ruin your view of the night sky. In 2016, Grand Canyon National Park received its Dark Sky certification and was only the 12th national park to earn this distinction. Viewing the night sky here is both inspiring and humbling.All amateur astronomers and the interested public of all ages are invited. Bring your telescope or just come and enjoy the beautiful Arizona night skies. Events include a slide show nightly at 8 pm, followed by telescope viewing behind the Grand Canyon Visitor Center. Park rangers will offer constellation tours at 9:00, 9:30 and 10:00 pm. Visitors to the event are encouraged to use a red flashlight. You can make a red flashlight with red cellophane or by painting the lens with red nail polish or a red marker. Don't forget to dress warmly, temperatures drop quickly after sunset, even during the summer months.The event is free, but you will need to pay the $35.00 per vehicle park entrance fee which is good for 7 days.