Stargazing near Joshua Tree National Park

Sky’s The Limit
Observatory & Nature Center

Sky’s The Limit Logo
Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center (STL) in 29 Palms invites stargazers to explore the cosmos on Saturday nights (except during a full moon), for free star-viewing events. Take a tour of the night sky with volunteer astronomers and see stars, planets, constellations, and the ethereal Milky Way. This FREE public event begins after sunset and ends between 9 p.m. and midnight, depending on the season. Monthly Star Viewing events are listed on our Calendar of Events, or find the monthly star viewing schedule at The Observatory is at 9697 Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms, just outside the main (north) entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.

Sky;s The Limit Observatory and Nature Centere, 29 Palms, CA

STL has a variety of types and sizes of telescopes set up for viewing on the winding sidewalk at the site, along with the 14″ Celestron telescope in the observation dome. Guests are welcome to use the telescopes, or bring their own binoculars and scopes as well. Pads are provided for telescope setup.

Guests are encouraged to come around sunset to have time to get familiar with the campus and visit other educational attractions before stargazing begins at dark. The presentation is very casual, so come at any time and leave when you wish.

Bring a red flashlight to preserve night vision. Red lighting is the preferred lighting at astronomical facilities because white light adversely affects night vision, which in turn affects viewing through a telescope. Please be aware that white vehicle headlights severely disturb viewing, so use only parking lights as you approach the dome. Let your eyes adjust to the dark before you drive into the parking area.

Night Sky and LightingThe 15-acre campus is at 2800 feet, so it can be chilly, even in the warm months. Everyone should dress for unpredictable desert weather and bring snacks, water bottles, and chairs. There are restrooms but no running water on campus. There are no overnight stays and NO CAMPING anywhere on the STL Observatory and Nature Center property. No pets, no smoking or alcohol allowed, and visitors must carry out all trash. Adults must accompany and take responsibility for the safety and behavior of children under 16.

On full-moon Saturday nights when it is too bright for star viewing, STL presents a new Cultural Astronomy Series at the site, featuring cultural programs with music and sky stories by Native Americans, desert historians, and astronomy volunteers. Admission is free, donations of $10/vehicle appreciated to support the program. (For more information about the Cultural Astronomy Series, contact Carmen 760-217-2430.)

The seasonal sky is very unpredictable and an event may have to be delayed, rescheduled, or cancelled due to cloudiness, rain, or excessive wind. Check Sky’s The Limit Facebook Page or follow @STL29Palms on Twitter to learn the latest status of an event. Or call RAY YEAGER at (760) 365-7897.

For more information and to see photos taken through STL’s 14” Celestron Schmidt–Cassegrain telescope, visit the STL website at STL is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Donations to support Sky’s The Limit’s educational programs are gratefully accepted.

Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center

9697 Utah Trail
P.O. Box 1
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
Phone: (760) 490-9561
(Located at the North Entrance to Joshua Tree National Park in Twentynine Palms)


Night Sky Festival, Sky's The Limit Observatory, 29 Palms, CAThe Night Sky Festival is a one-day event that celebrates Joshua Tree National Park’s night sky and its status as a Dark Sky Park. This annual all-day fundraiser includes morning and evening events, plus a special Astrophotography Workshop starting on Friday night. Saturday is a star-filled day with multiple sessions…some are for pre-purchased tickets, others are free. Add-ons such as boxed lunches, VIP Parking, Glow-In-The-Dark T-shirts will be available during online purchase of your tickets. Events are held at Sky’s The Limit Observatory & Nature Center and the Community Center and Patriotic Hall in Luckie Park, Twentynine Palms, CA.
Sample schedule:
Saturday | 9:00 am-8:30 pm | Community Center
Saturday | 9:30 am-12:15 pm | $30 per person | Sky’s The Limit
Saturday | FREE | 3 Presentations: 1-2 pm, 2-3 pm, 3-4 pm | Patriotic Hall
Saturday | 6:00-10:30 pm | $50 (adults), $35 (under 14) | Sky’s The Limit
$160 per person (both sessions & light meal on Friday included)
Friday | 6:30-10:30 pm | SESSION 1 | Sky’s The Limit
Saturday | 10:00 am to NOON | SESSION 2 | Community Center

For tickets and more information, go to Tickets include a shuttle from Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms to Sky’s The Limit. For people with disabilities, accessible transportation will be provided by contacting us at If the event is cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control, ticket costs minus an administrative fee (not to exceed $5) will be refunded. Tickets are limited, so get your advance tickets early! NO TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR.
Plan accommodations early!

Twentynine Palms Astronomy Club

Twentynine Palms Astronomy Club Logo
The Twentynine Palms Astronomy Club founders, Steve and Ciera, have been doing public outreach in astronomy in the hi-desert for several years. Their new astronomy club is meant to focus on public outreach events in the greater Morongo Basin area. They will be bringing their telescope to different locations and sharing their love of the night sky with people, through organized public star parties and collaborations with other local organizations. They also will be offering services in telescope repair/diagnostics, night sky astrophotography lessons, and private stargazing events. They are currently developing a dark sky location to host star parties and are planning to organize free public star parties, private events, as well as traditional star parties for local amateur astronomers and astrophotographers.

Twentynine Palms Astronomy Club offers private stargazing events at a location of your choice. Private star parties are evenings of stargazing with telescopes, binoculars and laser constellation tours lead by our expert astronomers.

Lessons in astrophotography using DSLR cameras or an iPhone are also offered by the astronomers, with instruction in taking various forms of astrophotography including Milky Way star field shots with a traditional camera lens and tripod, or through-telescope pictures of deep sky objects. You must provide a camera, lens or smart phone. Tripods, telescopes, and adapters for Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras will be provided by the astronomy club.

To contact Twentynine Palms Astronomy Club about private stargazing events, public outreach opportunities, telescope repair/diagnostics, telescope donations, or night sky astrophotography lessons, email or send a text to Steve at 760-401-3004. Visit their Facebook page at:

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