Summer is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stay up all night. Some of the most breathtaking constellations twinkle beneath the evening sky in Colorado as the seasons change, so dress warm, grab a blanket and get outside after the sun goes down. You don’t need to know anything about astronomy to enjoy these stargazing activities in our stunning state.

READ: A Mapped Guide To Find the Best Stargazing in Colorado

Night Sky Tour

Chimney Rock National Monument. Photo courtesy of Chimney Rock Official Facebook page.

Where: Chimney Rock National Monument, 3179 State Highway 151, Chimney Rock

When: Friday, August 17, 7 – 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $12 per person

The Lowdown: Removed from light pollution, Chimney Rock National Monument is the perfect spot to see the twinkling stars. Experience the rocky landscape silhouette underneath the glow of the galaxies on the official Night Sky Tour. This guided tour takes you along the Great Kiva and Pueblo Trails to see spectacular stars near the Colorado/New Mexico border. It doesn’t get more surreal than this.

Raft Underneath the Moon in Browns Canyon

Rafting Underneath the Moon. Photo courtesy of The Adventure Company Official Facebook page.

Where: Meet at The Adventure Company, 12847 US-24, Buena Vista

When: Friday, August 24, 7 p.m.

Cost: $139 per person

The Lowdown: Adrenaline junkies will have more fun whitewater rafting in the dark. Hosted by The Adventure Company in Buena Vista, the Raft Underneath the Moon series will take the bravest adventure-seekers through Browns Canyon under full moonlight. You will see the Collegiate Peaks at night as well as some gorgeous stars you probably can’t see in your backyard.

Full Moon Hike

Full moon by the lake via Pixabay.

Where: Standley Lake Regional Park, 9785 Eagleview Loop, Westminster

When: Sunday, August 26, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Cost: Free entry

The Lowdown: Enjoy the view of a lake beneath a full moon, and get a different perspective of the outdoors. No flashlights are allowed on this hour-long adventure through Standley Lake Regional Park in Westminster. Led by a park naturalist, the Full Moon Hike is perfect for date night a short distance from Denver and is also fun with family and friends.

Stargazing Hayride

Stargazing via Pixabay.

Where: HRCA Backcountry Wilderness Area, 6005 Ron King Trail, Littleton

When: Wednesday, August 29, 7 – 9 p.m.

Cost: $20 per person

The Lowdown: There’s no better way to kick off the fall festivities than a hayride. Stargaze a short distance away from Denver on a two-hour stargazing hayride in Littleton. Local astronomers will explain the constellations in the night sky and provide telescopes so that you can enjoy the beautiful night sky in the backcountry. Make sure you dress warm and bring snacks.

Stories in the Sky with Walking Mountains Science Center

Stories in the Sky. Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Vail.

Where: Vail Nature Center, 601 Vail Valley Dr., Vail

When: Every Friday, 8:45 – 10 p.m. through August 31

Cost: $10 per person

The Lowdown: Watching the stars twinkle in the night sky never gets boring, but you can learn more about them at Stories in the Sky, hosted by Walking Mountains Science Center and Four Seasons Resort Vail. Every Friday night through the end of August, you can learn how to locate the constellations in the sky and hear the myths that surround them. It’s a great experience if you want to sound smarter on your next date stargazing with your lover.

Ales and Astronomy

Stargazing at Ales and Astronomy. Photo courtesy of REI.

Where: REI Adventure Station, Center Village, Copper Mountain Resort, 509 Copper Rd., Frisco

When: Saturday, September 1 and Friday, September 7, 7:30 – 11 p.m.

Cost: $99 for members, $119 for non-members at REI

The Lowdown: Witness the stunning celestials of the night sky and sip delicious beer and wine on Copper Mountain as part of Ales and Astronomy hosted by REI. Professional instructors will teach you about astronomy at this private venue — where you’re sure to score sweet views of the stars. All attendees must be 21 or older to register.

Amateur Astronomy Night

Great Sand Dunes National Park photo via Thinkstock.

Where: Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, 11999 State Highway 150, Mosca

When: Saturday, September 8, 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $20 per vehicle for park entry

The Lowdown: The Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado is hands-down one of the best places to see the stars, so make sure you adventure south. Slightly eerie at night, this ever-so-silent park with the highest sand dune in North America is offering Amateur Astronomy Night, a chance to share knowledge with fellow astronomers and talk about the galaxies. It’s recommended that you bring your own telescope, but you can also just enjoy the stars at your leisure. Who knows? You might even see a UFO at this hotspot for sightings.

Twilight Dinner at the Umbrella Bar

Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Photo courtesy of Crested Butte Official Facebook page.

Where: Umbrella Bar at Ten Peaks, Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Crested Butte

When: Friday, September 14, 7 p.m.

Cost: $40.95 per person

The Lowdown: Enjoy a delicious, picnic-style dinner and take in the night sky at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Drive up Prospect Road to Umbrella Bar at Ten Peaks and dine at twilight. Complimentary wine or beer will be served and a telescope will be set up on the deck for your viewing.

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