Perseid Dark Skies

Get the best view of the Perseid meteor shower!

Enjoy dark skies and dispersed camping on public lands in the Black Rock Desert High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area (NCA). The Black Rock Desert boasts some of the darkest skies in the nation and is the perfect backdrop for experiencing shooting stars and other celestial events.

Camp with us on the Playa August 12-13 and enjoy the scenic desert view with a delicious community paella dinner!

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How can I best view the meteor shower?

Get away from the glow of city lights and journey to the Black Rock Desert, the perfect canvas by which to view the happenings of our stellar solar system. Perseid meteors will appear to “rain” into the atmosphere from the constellation Perseus, which rises in the northeast around 11 p.m. in mid-August.

Once you’ve settled into your observation spot, lie back or position yourself so the horizon appears at the edge of your peripheral vision, with the stars and sky filling your field of view. Meteors will instantly grab your attention as they streak by at speeds upward of 130,000 miles per hour!