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.

From Darkness Comes Light

October 22, 2017
It's been said that 99% of all we know of the universe comes to us in the form of light, but there is much we discover not from light but rather the absence of light. Tonight we'll explore what we've learned - and what we have left to learn - from darkness itself.

Journey From Andromeda

​​​​​November 19, 2017
In the sky of autumn lies the farthest object we can see - the Great Andromeda Galaxy. Tonight, we will ride a beam of light from this amazing island universe, and experience the wonders it encounters on its 2.4 million-year journey to your eye!

2018: A Year of Celestial Delights

December 17, 2017
As we turn yet another page on the calendar, an exciting year of celestial events comes into view: lunar and planetary conjunctions, meteor showers and more. Don't miss this fun-filled preview of what promises to be a most fascinating year of celestial wonders.

Shadow of the Moon

January 14, 2018
During the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday, January 31, we in Borrego will be treated to a beautiful total lunar eclipse. Learn how such eclipses work, how they've influenced history, and how you can view and photograph this stirring celestial event like a pro!

The Illusion of Now

March 4, 2018
The cosmos is a powerful illusion; nothing is as it appears. Tonight you will discover how all that we see in the sky above us appears not as it is "now" but as it was long ago, and how peering farther into space allows us to see back into time.

Capturing the Cosmos:
A 50 Year Journey

April 15, 2018
In April of 1968, his first sky photo was published. Today Dennis Mammana is recognized as one of the most prolific and prominent night sky photographers on the planet. Join us tonight as he looks back at the past half century of his amazing photographic journeys across the cosmos.

A Summertime
​​​​​​​Planet-Palooza!

May 27, 2018
Summertime sky watchers are in for a real treat, as all five visible planets - and of course, the moon - come into view in the early evening sky over the next few months. Learn where they will be, how to see them, and what amazing sights a small telescope will reveal.

About Dennis Mammana


For five 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.
Dennis Mammana
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