It’s autumn 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 year, 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 9th and 10th of October.
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 2015:
Friday, October 9th | Capitol Reef National Park
Until evening – Activities for youth at the Ripple Rock Nature Center.
After sundown – Stargazing at the Capitol Reef campground and ampitheatre.
Saturday, October 10th | Robber’s Roost Bookstore, Torrey
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Presentation by Kate Magargal, an archaeologist and astronomer.
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Night viewing and discussion at the Robber’s Roost.
9:30 pm – 12:00 am – Sky Quality Monitoring Citizen Science Project. The project will focus on collecting data from the Teasdale, Torrey and Grover areas. Details will be provided at Kate Magargal’s presentation.
For more information, head over to the official Heritage Starfest page here.