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Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial Night Sky Festival

The Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial Night Sky Festival will be going on from July 28-30 throughout the park. Come out and enjoy learning about the many wonders of our sky at night!

 

Full Moon in Rocky Mountain National Park

 

Each day between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm at the Moraine Park Discovery Center there will be family activities, booths and solar observing. 

On July 28th, on the West side of the park at Harbison Meadow Parking Area at 9:00 pm is the program Celestial Wilderness with a ranger.

Each night there will be activities at several different locations on the East Side of the Park:

7:30 pm at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center

  • July 28:  Finding New Planets with the Kepler Spacecraft with Bill Possell 
  •  July 29:  New Horizons (the FIRST mission to Pluto) with Denise Henry from Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
  • July 30:  TBA

8:30 pm at Moraine Park Campground

  • July 28:  Rangers of the Lost Dark with Ranger Nick Myers from Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
  • July 29:  Night Sky Photography workshop with Stan Honda
  • July 30:  Barnstorming the Moon with Mark Robinson and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera Team members from ASU School for Earth & Space Exploration

8:30 pm at Glacier Basin Campground

  • July 28:  Parks after Dark
  • July 29:  Barnstorming the Moon with Mark Robinson and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera Team members from ASU School for Earth & Space Exploration
  • July 30:  Night Sky Photography workshop with Stan Honda

9:00 pm at Upper Beaver Meadows

  • July 28:  Wonders of the Night Sky with Ranger Jon Rees
  • July 29:  Astronomy in the Park with Ranger Cynthia Langguth
  • July 30:  Astronomy in the Park with Ranger Paige Lambert

Ride the Rockies is coming to RMNP

Ride The Rockies Denver Post 2016 logo

 

In its 31st year the iconic 6-day bike ride, called Ride the Rockies, will be heading through Rocky Mountain National Park.  Ride the Rockies will be happening this year from June 12th through June 17th  for a total of 6 days of riding.  They will be starting June 16th (Day 5) in Grand Lake, riding over Trail Ridge Road and the Continental Divide, and ending the day in Estes Park!

 

Ride the Rockies Denver Post Tribune

* Photos courtesy of The Denver Post - Ride the Rockies

 

On its way, Day 5 will see the 2,000 bikers from all 50 US states and several other countries traveling 49 miles and riding an impressive 4,636' of elevation gain.  They will get to experience over 11 miles above 11,000 feet and will be treated to some amazing views and scenery on the way.  It will be an experience of a lifetime!  Come experience Colorado's version of the Tour de France and cheer on the professional bikers as they make their way through Rocky Mountain National Park!  

 

Ride the Rockies Denver Post Elevation Gain map

 

For more information, visit the official Ride The Rockies site.