The Mikly Way at Joshua Tree. Photo by W. Pacholka/
The Milky Way at Joshua Tree. Photo by W. Pacholka/

If you are looking for something fun to do on a Saturday night, check out one of the “star parties” at Joshua Tree National Park.  Once a month on a Saturday night close to the new the Andromeda Stronomical Society hosts a “star party” at Hidden Valley picnic area in Joshua Tree National Park.  The program begins shortly after dark and lasts for about 1.5 hours.

Society members give a short presentation about astronomy and show guests how to view the planets and stars through their telescopes.  There are plenty of telescopes set-up all focused on a different area of the sky.

The star parties are family oriented and provide a great way to spend a Saturday night.  You can camp at one of the nearby campgrounds in Joshua Tree or just drive in for the party and head home afterwards.  The best part about the Star Parties is that they are free.

Meet at the parking lot on the right fork of the road into the picnic area at Hidden Valley.

For a star party schedule or more information about Joshua Tree National Park, please visit their website:

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Lynn Bremner is the author of, a blog about desert road trips and tips. She started the blog after moving to Indio, CA where she now resides. Now a true desert dweller, Lynn has added in some of her own views on desert living. The heat does not keep her indoors in the summertime. She is out running, golfing or taking short day trips to some of the local points of interest. After years of traveling along the dusty, desert trails with her father, she has come to appreciate the beauty and solitude of the desert landscape. Her father’s passion for prospecting, desert lore and exploring the desert parks took their family to many interesting places, mostly in California, Nevada and Arizona. Lynn now writes about her desert road trips and intertwines a little bit of desert living into the mix.


  1. Hi. I am bringing a school group to J.Tree on Dec 28,29,30th. Would there be anyone avaiable to do a star party for us?

  2. I am disappointed that this website is soooo out of date. Why? I want to go to a star party in 2010


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