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For more than25 years, Caspers Wilderness Park has hosted monthly public family-friendly stargazing events. Awarded California’s first “Star Park” distinction in 2013, Caspers Wilderness Park is about 9 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean where there is less Marine Layer distortion and light pollution from nearby urban areas; the Milky Way is often visible to the naked eye. Often led by astronomer and astrophotographer Allan White who started at Caspers photographing comets, the group fluctuates in size from an intimate few to as many as 1,500 for special celestial events.

  • Visitors are encouraged to dress in warm layers and bring a camp chair and blanket if desired.
  • Visitors may also bring their own telescopes, binoculars, and photography equipment, though none are required to attend.
  • Day-use visitors to the park are invited to stay past sunset to attend.
  • No advance registration required.
  • Dogs not permitted. 
  • Cloudy weather cancels the event. Visitors are highly encouraged to call the park at (949) 923-2210 on the day of the event to confirm the event will proceed as planned.
  • Takes place in the parking area at the Nature Center within the park. Five dollar day-use pass per vehicle is required for park entry and parking is provided a short walk from the telescopes to minimize headlight interference. Vehicles with a disabled parking placard may park directly next to the telescopes in one of two accessible spaces as available.
Child looks into a large telescope pointed skyward above a group of trees