Cool Off Under the Stars at Your State Parks

May 17, 2019

PHOENIX –As the weather warms up in the low desert, it pays to think creatively for your outdoor recreation! One of the best ways to enjoy the desert in summer is by moonlight, and Arizona State Parks is hosting awesome events in May and June!A composite of the moon phases over the Superstition Mountains at Lost Dutchman State Park.

Spend your weekend at Lost Dutchman State Park as it kicks off a summer event series with a doubleheader starting June 8, with Dr. Sky’s Amazing Night Under the Skies. Start the evening with a Star Partyat this Arizona landmark, and stick around through Dr. Sky’s interpretation of the planets, constellations, and more in the dark skies above. The next evening, head out on the trails with a ranger for a Desert Scorpion Huntto see the creepy crawlers glowing under a black light. Make a round trip for Father’s Day to take part in a Full Moon Hikethrough the Superstitions on June 16.

Red Rock State Park jumpstarts June with a Star Party on the first, bringing local astronomers and plenty of glittering constellations overhead. The park follows up with a Full Moon Hikeon June 16, guiding hikers through the riparian areas and up to the amazing Sedona overlook by the light of the moon.

Star Partiesoccur all over the state in June. Homolovi State Park presents a night under the starsevery fourth Saturday through the summer. Watch the stars sparkle overhead and look through telescopes as local astronomers point out planets and constellations. The next two Star Parties land on May 25 and June 22. Lyman Lake State Park also hosts a star partyon June 1, away from the light of the city and in the midst of the high desert, followed by Oracle State Parkon June 8, an International Dark Sky Park sure to wow throughout the evening.

Head out after the sun sinks down for gorgeous views and a brand-new perspective on Arizona! Make sure you take plenty of water and check out hiking safetytips before you go.

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