Join the Sidewalk Astronomers in Death Valley!
Join the Sidewalk Astronomers on their yearly trip to Death Valley National Park and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime
experience. We arrive in Death Valley on Dec 26th and set up our telescopes outside the Furnace Creek Visitor Center.
During the day we have sun scopes and each evening after the ranger talks, we have public observing. On the evening
of Dec. 27th, John Dobson will give a general astronomy talk which has always been one of the most popular talks given at
There are lots of things to see and do in Death Valley National Park when you're not at
the eyepeice. Hiking, horseback riding, and photography are just a few of the activities and if you have an interest in geology,
Death Valley is definately the place for you. There is lodging in Furnace Creek, Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley Junction, Shoshone
and at the Nevada State Line. Camping is available at Furnace Creek, Stove Pipe Wells, and Death Valley Junction. Winter is
their busy season, so you should book lodging as early as you can. We've stayed in Furnace Creek at the Ranch, its really
nice and we've stayed at the Opera House, its pretty old but if you like atmosphere you'll like it, and the people are really
friendly and its clean. Longstreet Inn is new, looks like a Comfort Inn or something and I have no idea about Shoshone Inn
or Stovepipe Wells. If you camp at Furnace Creek, you can shower there for $2 I think and there are bathrooms and fires are
allowed. Camping at the Opera House is only $2 a night but there are no facilities and no reservations. There is an RV
Campground at Longstreet. I've included links and photos below.
We will be leaving from Los Angeles on
the morning of Dec 26th and returning on Dec 30th. If you are in the LA area and want to ride with us, please contact us as
soon as possible.