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A Breathtaking Night Sky in
California's Secret Desert™!

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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.

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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.

October 11, 2015

We are made of star stuff. The iron in our blood, the calcium in our bones, the oxygen we breathe—all were forged inside of stellar furnaces eons ago and were blasted into space by colossal explosions. Hear how our study of the universe takes us back into time in search of our cosmic roots.

November 8, 2015

From the mystical ancient temples of Angkor Wat to the remotest plains of Africa, travelers journey the globe to experience one of the most majestic of all natural phenomena: the total solar eclipse. Learn what drives us to do it and how you, too, can experience the wonder!

December 6, 2015

See the universe through the lens of a camera and the eye of noted night sky photographer Dennis Mammana. For nearly half a century, Dennis has been shooting the heavens, and now shares with you some of his most memorable photos and the fascinating stories behind them.

January 10, 2016

As we once again turn the calendar page, an exciting new year of celestial events comes into view: eclipses, 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 cosmic discovery.

March 13, 2016

The universe is massive and mysterious, and astronomers are still trying to grasp its true nature, so it’s no wonder that many sky watchers tend to believe things that just aren’t true. Tonight we’ll look at several of the most common misunderstandings, and do some celestial myth-busting.

April 3, 2016

The heavens are a colorful place. From the blue desert sky to an arching rainbow, from a surprising green flash after a spectacular sunset to the shimmering curtains of the northern lights, the sky offers us some of the most colorful displays on—or above—our planet.

March 29, 2016

Few sights are as remarkable as the night sky 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 so you won’t miss a single thing this summer!

About Dennis Mammana

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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 seven books, hundreds of popular magazine and encyclopedia articles, and writes "Stargazers", the only nationally-syndicated weekly newspaper column on astronomy, now in its 23rd 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.