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.

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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!

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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.

Borrego After Dark:
A Photographic Journey

November 6, 2016
For those who love the serene beauty of the Borrego night sky, the photos you'll see tonight represent the best of the best, compiled over the past decade of Dennis Mammana's nocturnal wanderings around the Anza-Borrego Desert. All evoke a sense of wonder, and all will inspire you to view the desert sky a bit differently than ever before.

The Great American Total
​​​​​​​ Solar Eclipse

December 11, 2016
If your bucket list includes a total solar eclipse…well, get ready. Our next is only months away, when the moon's shadow will sweep across the continental U.S. for the first time in nearly four decades. Learn the fine details of the eclipse, the best places to experience it, & why you must absolutely not miss this stunning once-in-a-lifetime celestial event!

2017: A Year of Cosmic Wonders

January 22, 2017
As we turn the page on the calendar, an exciting year of celestial events comes into view: lunar and planetary conjunctions, meteor showers and a spectacular total solar eclipse over the U.S. mainland. Don't miss this fun-filled preview of what promises to be a most fascinating year of celestial wonders.

Moon Dreams

February 12, 2017
She's been known throughout the ages as Diana, Aphrodite, Isis and Levanah. She has inspired us in poetry, art and song, and for centuries has inspired dreams of visiting her in person. Today we know this great celestial goddess as our moon, and tonight we'll explore the many ways we've been inspired by her silvery light.

The Big Dipper:
A ​​Celestial Icon

March 5, 2017
If you think that the Big Dipper is just a simple star grouping, think again. In this fun presentation, you'll learn where the Dipper is and what it's made of, what lies deep within, how to use it to find your latitude, and more. After this program, the Big Dipper will never look the same again.

Greatest Light Show
​​​​​​​ On Earth!

April 2, 2017
High above the arctic regions of Earth glow the shimmering colors of the northern lights - the aurora borealis. Learn the origins and lore of these mysterious lights, and relive Dennis Mammana's most recent journeys to the frozen lands of Alaska, Iceland and Norway to capture on film the greatest light show on Earth!

The Summer Sky:
A Preview!

May 28, 2017
Few skies are as remarkable as that of summer. Wherever you live, wherever you travel, the Milky Way arches across the heavens and creates a marvelous tapestry to view with eyes, binoculars and small telescopes. See what’s coming up in the skies of summertime so you won’t miss a single thing!

About Dennis Mammana

For more than four decades, Dennis Mammana has delivered the wonder and mystery of the heavens to audiences around the world. With degrees in physics and astronomy from Otterbein College and Vanderbilt University, Mammana is the author of six books, hundreds of popular magazine and encyclopedia articles, and writes "Stargazers", the only nationally-syndicated weekly newspaper column on astronomy, now in its 25th consecutive year. A dynamic public speaker, Mammana has entertained and informed audiences on six continents—at resorts, on cruise ships, and as an after-dinner speaker—and has become a frequently-invited guest on both radio and television.
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