California’s state parks are great places to contemplate the beauty and wonder of the stars. With many state parks located away from urban lights, it’s no surprise that state park visitors are often captivated by the night sky. State parks are also home to many astronomy programs and even a few observatories!

That’s why CSPF thinks that California’s state parks are great places to ... "See a Star"

While there are many to choose from, here are a few of the state parks where you can “See a Star”:

  • Anza-Borrego Desert State Park: Visit and learn why this park has been rated by USA Today as one of the top ten stargazing locations in the nation.
  • Ed Z’berg-Sugar Pine Point State Park: Join park staff for a full moon snowshoe tour around the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion and along the shore of Lake Tahoe.
  • Fremont Peak State Park: Enjoy the wonders of the night sky through the eyepiece of the 30–inch diameter "Challenger" Newtonian.
  • Mount Diablo State Park: Participate in one of the public stargazing programs at this park, known as one of the premier star viewing locations in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Sugarloaf Ridge State Park: Attend one of the Valley of the Moon Observatory Association’s fun monthly star parties or attend a night sky class at this state park, home to the Robert Ferguson Observatory.
California State Parks Foundation

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