Stargazing near Joshua Tree National Park

Sky’s The Limit
Observatory & Nature Center

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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). 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 about an hour after sunset and lasts approximately two hours. 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.

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.

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.

A helpful tip for visiting Sky’s The Limit is to 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 2,800 feet, so it can be chilly, even in the warm months. Dress for unpredictable desert weather and bring snacks, water, and a comfortable chair. Plan your overnight accommodations in advance as there are no overnight stays or camping anywhere on Sky’s The Limit property. Please note, no pets, smoking or alcohol allowed, and children under 16 are asked to be accompanied by an adult.

Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center
9697 Utah Trail, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
(760) 490-9561


Night Sky Festival, Sky's The Limit Observatory, 29 Palms, CAJoin us in Twentynine Palms for the annual Night Sky Festival, an action packed, day long celebration of the night sky and Joshua Tree National Park’s Dark Sky Park status! Now going into its 6th year, this festival draws stargazers and astronomy enthusiasts of all ages. From youth crafts and guided walks along the nature trails, to an afternoon astronomy lecture series, to the biggest star party of the year in the high desert, there’s no better way to discover the night sky than at this festival.  For more information, please visit

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.

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.

Twentynine Palms Astronomy Club

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Children gazing at the sky to see constellation and planets