It’s September again, and that means there is plenty happening in Capitol Reef country. The aspens are changing colors, the apples are ready to be picked, and, of course, the Heritage Starfest will take place. Every autumn, the Heritage Starfest Group comes to Capitol Reef National Park to provide a unique opportunity to view the night sky like a pro. This year, the event will take place on the 19th and 20th of September.
If you happen to be in town on those days, we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch think it would be well worth your time to check out Starfest. There is no admission charge for the festival, and no admission charge to enter Capitol Reef. There will be plenty of high powered telescopes to look through, but you can, of course, bring any of your own gear. The lack of light pollution in Southern Utah makes it an ideal place to celebrate the night sky. So to help you make your plans, here’s an itinerary of Heritage Starfest 2014:
Friday, September 19th | Capitol Reef National Park
3:30 – 5:00 pm – Family astronomy activities at the Ripple Rock Nature Center.
8:00 – 9:00 pm – Presentation by John Barantine, an astronomer of the International Dark Sky Association at the campground amphitheater.
9:00 – 11:00 pm – Stargazing at the Capitol Reef campground.
Saturday, September 20th | Robber’s Roost Bookstore, Torrey
7:30 – 8:30 pm – Presentation by John Barantine, an astronomer of the International Dark Sky Association.
8:30 -11:00 pm – Stargazing south of the bookstore.
For more information, head over to the official Heritage Starfest page here.