For as long as humans have been here in this corner of Arizona, looking to the heavens above must have been a fascination.
Today this fascination continues because the Rim Country’s night sky is uniquely suited to stargazing.
On Saturday, March 10, Tonto National Monument along with the Tonto Basin Ranger District will host an afternoon of solar and planet viewing and in the evening an astronomy talk and star party at the Windy Hill Amphitheater at Roosevelt Lake.
This interpretive event is presented by the Astronomers of Verde Valley. Special activities include solar viewing, Jupiter and Venus viewing and a Night Sky Network Information tent from noon to 4 p.m.
This will be followed by an astronomy talk from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and then the Astronomers of Verde Valley will have their telescopes out and will guide visitors through the cosmos to see many of the night sky’s fascinating nebulas, galaxies, constellations, and more from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
This free program is open to everyone. Please bring a red light with you if you have one, and don’t forget to dress appropriately. From Globe, take SR 188 for 25 miles to the Windy Hill turnoff (MP 240).
From Payson, turn left and continue on SR 188 until the Windy Hill turnoff, which is 4.5 miles past Roosevelt Dam. Follow the Windy Hill road for two miles to the amphitheater on your left.
For further information or if you have any questions, please call Tonto National Monument at (928) 467-2241. For more information on Tonto National Monument, visit the monument Web site at “