Night Sky: Stars and Galaxies

Chimney Rock National Monument Tours

This program is timed for when the moon is absent from the sky; we can enjoy the night sky in a truly dark environment. A power point presentation gives understanding of deep-sky objects such as binary stars, globular star clusters, open clusters, various nebulae, and other galaxies.

The Hwy 151 Entry Gate will open for check-in during the times stated below. Guests will proceed to the Amphitheatre for the program, including topics such as the ancient people’s lifestyle, how they used the unique landscape of the Chimney Rock area to view the sky, and what special astronomical events they might have seen.

This program is perfect for young families and those with limited mobility. Visitors traveling with their own telescope are encouraged to bring it to the program and share it with others (if restrictions allow). Bring your questions and a flashlight!

Remember that at this altitude the nights begin to cool rapidly after sunset, so an appropriate jacket or sweater will enable you to remain comfortable while you enjoy the majesty of the night sky at Chimney Rock. 

Guests must enter through the Hwy 151 entry gate during the check-in period stated below; the gate will be locked at the end of that time.  

Tickets are $16 for ages 13 and up, $8 for ages 5-12, under 5 free, and are considered a non-refundable, non-transferable donation. A booking fee applies to each ticket purchased online or through the call center. 

Making a reservation through the call center or website is the only way to guarantee a spot on this tour. 

Most programs are at full capacity prior to the event, but we will accommodate walk-ins if space is available. Booking fees do not apply to walk-ins. 

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