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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.

Journey from Andromeda
October 26, 2014

The light you see tonight from the distant Andromeda Galaxy left on its journey long before humans ever walked the face of planet Earth. Ride with us on a beam of light from this island universe, and share its amazing adventures along the 2.3-million-year journey to your eye!

A Pinhead Solar System
November 23, 2014

Our planetary family is filled with planets, moons, rings, asteroids, meteoroids and comets… or is it? In this mind-boggling program we’ll scale down the cosmos to help us see just how large our planetary family is, and where it fits into the cosmic scheme of things. This is one program that’ll definitely leave you feeling puny!

How do we Know?
December 14, 2014

How do we know the distances to the stars? Or what type of galaxy our Milky Way is? Or how much longer our sun has to live? Seems impossible to know these things, but astronomers are a clever lot, and tonight you will learn just how we figure out such seemingly unknowable facts!

2015: A Year of Cosmic Wonder
January 18, 2015

As we turn yet another page on the calendar, we look to an exciting new year of celestial delights: beautiful lunar and planetary conjunctions, meteor showers, eclipses and more. Don’t miss this fun-filled preview of what promises to be a most fascinating year of cosmic wonder!

Behind the Scenes at the Star Factory
February 15, 2015

It’s the most fertile star birthing region in our entire galaxy. Astronomers know it as NGC 1976 and M42. But most of us know it as simply the Great Orion Nebula, and it’s glowing in the February sky for all to enjoy. Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of this most famous and prolific star factory!

Cosmic Coverup
March 29, 2015

Before dawn on April 4, we on the North American West Coast will experience a beautiful total lunar eclipse—our third in less than a year. Learn what to look for, how such events influenced human history, and how you might try your hand at photographing it like a pro.

The Rest of the Story
April 19, 2015

Did you know that some of the most famous astronomers began their careers in completely different fields? Or that a star 240 trillion miles away became an overnight celebrity 81 years ago? You will, as you hear some of the lesser known stories from astronomical history, and learn (as Paul Harvey would have said) “the rest of the story.”

It's Full of Stars!
May 24, 2015

Peer through a large telescope at a globular star cluster and you will most likely exclaim “It’s full of stars!” Hear the stories of these remarkable stellar families, where they might have originated, and how astronomers have long used them to fathom our place in the cosmos.

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.