The National Park Service, steward of Joshua Tree National Park and over 400 other park sites around the country, celebrated its 100th birthday in August, 2016. At Joshua Tree, we will continue our celebration of the NPS Centennial in October by bringing together astronomers, scientists, night-sky enthusiasts, artists, junior rangers, and members of nearby communities to celebrate the night skies of Joshua Tree National Park. This event is free of charge. Park entrance fees apply.

Bring a red light to events at night. No white lights. Find out more about what to bring.

Before arriving please read night sky viewing etiquette and advice.

Learn more about why the National Park Service cares about protecting dark night skies.

Friday-Sunday, October 28-30

Open to the public. Park entrance fees apply.

Schedule of Events

This event is featured as part of a series of California Desert Centennial Celebrations, honoring 100 years of the National Park Service, and raising awareness for the next 100 years of all of our public lands. For more events visit