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Since the 1920s, Greater Palm Springs has been a favorite escape for some of Hollywood's biggest stars, but it’s also a stellar setting for stargazing of another kind. Two International Dark Sky Parks (Joshua Tree National Park and Borrego Springs) are located within an hour's drive from Palm Springs and offer unbelievably beautiful views of the night sky.

Camping in Joshua Tree

Pitch a tent and escape the city lights in Joshua Tree National Park, home to several first-come, first-serve campsites and some of the best dark night skies in the country. Nothing says chill like sleeping under a blanket of twinkling stars (s’mores, please!) surrounded by fantastical rock formations and rows of twisted, whimsical-looking trees.

Stargazing Parties in Greater Palm Springs

If you want to delve even deeper into the cosmos, attend a stargazing party at the new Rancho Mirage Observatory. The out-of-this-world research-grade facility is open to the public and has its own on-site astronomer. Curious to know the myth behind Ursa Major or the meaning behind Orion’s Belt? Book a stargazing tour with Sky Watchers; their guides combine storytelling and constellations for a truly entertaining — and heavenly — experience.

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