Calling All Astronomers!

Bryce Canyon National Park’s 22nd annual Astronomy Festival will be held Wednesday, June 14 – Saturday, June 17, 2023, and we’d love for you to come help us share our exceptionally dark skies with the public. 2023 is also Bryce Canyon’s centennial year, and we’re hoping to make this year’s festival one to remember.

If you’re not familiar with the park’s Astronomy Festival, for four days around the new moon in June we offer public astronomy programs including: solar telescopes, daytime family activities, evening keynote programs, and a nightly public telescope field.

The public telescope field is held from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. each night of the festival at the paved lot across from our Visitor Center, and we rely on volunteer astronomers and their telescopes to help make it a reality.

For our Astronomy Festival volunteers we offer:

  • Complimentary park admission
  • A free campsite in the park during the festival
  • An exclusive festival t-shirt(!)

If we’ve piqued your interest and you’d like to join us, please respond with the following information:

  1. First and Last Name(s)
  2. Nights you would like to volunteer
  3. Telescope you will be bringing

And if you’d like to take us up on a complimentary campsite, we’ll just need this additional information:

  1. Nights needed
  2. Whether you need an RV/Trailer site or a Tent site
  3. If an RV/Trailer site, please specify length of vehicle

Thank you for your consideration, and please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you might have!

Peter Densmore
Public Information Officer
Bryce Canyon National Park
Office: 435-834-4744
Cell: 435-690-0932

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Courtesy of the National Park Service; Keith Moore



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