Stargazing at South Fork State Recreation Area on Saturday, September 14

Spring Creek, Nev. – The Big Dipper, Little Dipper, Polaris, Cepheus, and Scorpius are just a few celestial objects in the night sky that visitors will have the opportunity to observe. Weather permitting, we hope to see the craters on the surface of the moon. Telescopes will be available for use.

 WHAT: Astronomy-Stargazing

WHEN: Saturday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m.

 WHERE: The park is located in Spring Creek; travel 7 miles south of Elko on State Route 227, turn right on State Route 288 (5.5 miles) and turn right onto Lower South Fork Road (travel 3.5 miles); turn right and enter main entrance. Drive forward until you see the boat ramp sign and turn left. Parking is at the end of the road (next to restroom).

WHO: Mr. Gerry Pennington from Great Basin College will lead this event, which is open to the public.

COST:  The cost of the event is free but there is a per-vehicle entrance fee of $7;Nevada residents receive a $2 discount.

CONTACT:  Robert Misiti, Park Supervisor, 775-744-4346,

 MORE: Bring a jacket, flashlight and something to drink. Telescopes will be available for use. Restrooms will be available for this event.

The Nevada Division of State Parks plans, develops and maintains a system of parks and recreation areas for the use and enjoyment of more than 3.3 million visitors a year. The division was established in 1963 by the Nevada Legislature to form a new state park agency within the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The division manages and maintains 24 parks, historic sites and recreation areas inNevada.