No matter when or why you Ramble through Beaver County, Utah, at the end of every day, you can count on an amazing sunset followed by a spectacular light show—the dark and starry sky!
If your visit happens to be between March and November, you will be able to witness the Galactic Core (the central part of the Milky Way). The good news is if you are ready for bed after a big day of adventuring, the best time to see the Galactic Core is during “true night”— only 60-90 minutes after sunset. Snuggle into your sleeping bag and stay awake as long as you can because the sky will only become more intense as the night gets darker.
Do you need to plan ahead? No! For the length of human history, in every origin story, we have a shared experience of admiring and being awed by the brilliant night sky with nothing but our own two eyes.
But what if you’re a planner? Of course, there are things you can do to take your stargazing experience up a notch or two. How, you ask?
- Bring a telescope, though you might be impressed by what a pair of binoculars reveals
- If you turn on your flashlight, point it at the ground
- Consider using a red bulb in your flashlight or headlamp
- Bring something warm (sleeping bag, jacket, blankets). It cools off quickly in southeastern Utah!
- Check out the forecast relevant to astronomical observing
- Hit up the app store for an app that identifies constellations and planets, that tells you just how dark the sky is, or an app to add your observations to a global database.
Where should you go to see the stars? Ramble up Beaver Canyon and remind yourself why the Earth isn’t flat! Stay up all night staring at the stars, and you can actually feel the Earth rotating!
Check out the stars at these recommended viewing sites.
Jump off the hustle and bustle of I-15 and journey a quick half-hour east where you’ll be blown away by the expansive night sky at Eagle Point Resort. You’ll see stars emerging as the sun sets, and then you won’t be able to keep up as the constellations and the majestic Milky Way make themselves known.
Well worth the 3.5-mile drive up a gravel road, the Big John Flat area is a favorite recreational spot with its large meadows and spectacular scenery… yet it is rarely crowded. At night, you will be treated to 360-degree views!
While the name is very similar to “Big John Flat,” “Big Flat” is someplace entirely different. To get to Big Flat, you’ll drive 6 miles past Eagle Point Resort along Hwy 153. The expansive sky from this part of the Tushar Mountains will make a lifetime impression on the whole family.
Nestled 10 miles east of Milford, you will find the Rock Corral Recreation area at the head of the Corral Canyon. You will be amazed by the towering granite peaks that surround you at this location that has a little bit of everything. This area provides a variety of recreational opportunities such as hiking, picnicking, primitive camping, rock climbing, horseback riding, and rockhounding.
A narrow, cliff-side route guides you to the placid surroundings of Merchant Valley where Merchant Creek and Three Creeks meet. Popular for snowmobiling and sledding in the winter and fishing and hiking in the summer, any night of the year is ideal for stargazing.