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Dinner and Dark Skies in Westcliffe

October 25, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm

M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy, shows two galaxies colliding. They are about 35 million light years away (light travels about 6 trillion miles per year). Photo: Clint Smith

At this event organized by GARNA, enjoy a lecture under the stars, followed by viewing of the exquisite dark skies of the Wet Mountain Valley through a 14” Celestron telescope. We’ll see star clusters, nebulas and galaxies, plus the new crescent moon and Saturn.

The viewing and lecture will be led by Clint Smith. Clint is a retired lawyer and judge who moved to the Westcliffe area 7 years ago. He’s a self taught astronomer in charge of the observatory and is Vice President of Dark Skies, Inc. of the Wet Mountain Valley. Jim Bradburn, President of Dark Skies of the Wet Mountain Valley, recently spoke in Salida at an event sponsored by Central Colorado Conservancy. Now is your chance to see those dark skies in person!

At 5:30 pm, the group will enjoy dinner together prior to the program at Chappie’s Mountain View Bar and Grill in Westcliffe. The lecture and night sky viewing will take place after dinner at the nearby observatory from 7:00 until 8:30 pm. Westcliffe/Silver Cliff is about an hour’s drive from Salida; carpooling will be available.


There is no fee for this program however donations to GARNA and Dark Skies, Inc. are much appreciated! If you are not a member of GARNA, please consider supporting us.

Learn more about Westcliffe and Silver Cliff’s dark skies initiative:

The New York Times, Colorado Towns Work to Preserve a Diminishing Resource: Darkness, Aug. 2016


October 25, 2017
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Your registration is secured upon receipt of payment. If you prefer not to register online (recommended), you may mail a check, made out to “GARNA” to the address below. Please include a note with the program you are registering for.

PO Box 1522
Salida CO 81201

Cancellation policy:

If we are notified of your need to cancel within 24 hours of program date, your program fee will be refunded except for a $3.00 administrative fee. If minimum enrollment has not been met by program date, programs will be cancelled 2 days prior to the date and we will refund the full amount.