A Breathtaking Night Sky in California's Secret Desert™!
It’s all part of the desert experience. Warm days poolside with palm trees. Then burning sunsets, bursting stars, and dark skies like you could only imagine.
When was the last time you saw the Milky Way? Have you ever seen it? Here at The Springs it’s a common sight!
Now equipped with our own Astronomy Park, The Springs offers guests both the opportunity to view the night sky with their own telescopes or to take part in one of our special scheduled star parties.
Star parties feature dinner and drinks followed by presentations and guided stargazing. Noted astronomers, such as Dennis Mammana, John Mosley and Mack Wesner, guide visitors through the wonders of the night sky using the 11-inch telescope permanently installed at our Astronomy Park.
Check the online activities calendar for dates and times of stargazing events.
The Springs at Borrego RV Resort is a haven within a haven for stargazing. A designated Dark Sky Community, Borrego Springs protects the night sky—a valuable natural resource—from light pollution, so that everyone living and visiting here can enjoy the glittering stars, moon, and Milky Way.
Borrego Springs is one of eight International Dark Sky Communities, but still the first and only in California! Additionally, USA Today ranked Anza-Borrego Desert in the top 10 stargazing locations in America!
In 2011, KCET designated Borrego Springs as one of The 7 Best SoCal Locations for Desert Night Sky Viewing. In 2012, USA Today named the town as one of Ten Great Places to Stargaze in the U.S., and in 2013, KCET ranked it first in its Seven Best Places to Stargaze in San Diego County. In 2014, The Active Times dubbed Borrego one of the Top Spots for Stargazing Out West, and Afar magazine listed it among the the world's Epic Stargazing Destinations.
Imagine viewing the night sky in comfort, wearing nothing but shorts and a tee shirt! For most of the year at The Springs, this would indeed be the case.
Join us for one (or all!) of our exciting series of star parties with renowned astronomer and sky photographer Dennis Mammana. Each party includes a light dinner and beverages, slide show and star talk with Dennis, and (weather permitting) telescope viewing at our Astronomy Park.
Flying Blue Marble
October 28, 2018
That Sneaky Ol' Moon
November 18, 2018
We know it as simply “the moon”, but all is not as it seems with our nearest celestial neighbor. The moon presents to our eyes some of the most befuddling of all cosmic illusions, and tonight we’ll do a bit of cosmic sleuthing to figure out that sneaky ol’ moon!
Rain of Fire
December 2, 2019
December nights in the desert are such a magnificent time for stargazing, especially when meteors are raining down from the annual Geminid meteor shower. Learn the origins of the year’s best shower, why it returns each year, and how to watch the celestial show!
Shadow of the Moon
January 6, 2019
On the evening of January 20, we in North America will be treated to a magnificent total eclipse of the moon. Learn how eclipses work, how they’ve influenced history, and how you can view and photograph it like a pro!
Where Stars Are Born... And Die
February 10, 2019
From colossal glowing clouds where new stars and planetary system are being born, to the shattered remains of once-mighty suns—all appear overhead on desert winter nights. Join us to peer deep the winter sky and learn where stars are born… and die.
Gravity: It's Worth The Weight
March 10, 2019
It controls everything from our diets to the universe itself. We on Earth rarely give it a second thought, but tonight we’ll explore some of the most fascinating—and puzzling—aspects of nature’s cosmic glue: gravity.
The Rest of The Story
April 8, 2019
Sprinkled among the remarkable discoveries about our universe are stories that rarely get told. Tonight, we’ll hear some of these lesser known tales from astronomical history and discover, as Paul Harvey so often said: “the rest of the story.”
May 26, 2019
Exactly one century ago the great scientist Albert Einstein turned the universe upside down as a total solar eclipse proved one of his greatest theories. Join us tonight as we celebrate Einstein’s eclipse, and one of the most monumental discoveries in astronomical history!