Are you chasing constellations or dreaming of a magnificent night under the stars? Many spots for stargazing near Palm Springs offer panoramic views of the sky. Additionally, most residential properties in Palm Springs only have one floor, so there's nobody blocking anyone's view.

The best time of year to stargaze near Palm Springs is from March to October, when cooler temperatures make being outside more pleasant. Whether planning a romantic evening or camping out with friends, visit these stargazing spots near Palm Springs for stargazing that is out of this world.

Best Spots For Stargazing Near Palm Springs

Rancho Mirage Observatory

CA-111, Rancho Mirage, CA - (760) 341-7323

For Astronomy fans, the Rancho Mirage Observatory holds scheduled public observation nights starting at 6 pm. Visitors can view stars from their CDK 700 telescope, which magnifies images 100-350 times. The stars can only be visible in good weather, so keep updated with the weather before going. Please note that clouds, rain, strong winds, and other unusual weather conditions may affect the viewing schedule. The observatory is roughly a 20-minute drive from Palm Springs.

Joshua Tree National Park

74485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms - (760) 367-5500

The best time to camp in the park under the stars is from November to May. There are 500 campsites in Joshua Tree National Park. The Ryan, Black Rock, Indian Cove, Cotton Wood, and Jumbo Rocks campsites require reservations and cost $20-$25 per night. The sites include tables, pit or flush toilets, and fire grates. If you want to camp over the weekend, please book your spot by Friday to ensure you get a site. On the other hand, Hidden Valley, White Tank, and Belle campsites are on a first-come, first-served basis. Joshua Tree Park is less than a 50-minute drive from Palm Springs.

Whitewater Canyon Preserve 

9160 Whitewater Canyon Road, Whitewater - (760) 325-7222

The Whitewater Preserve has a total of 2,851 acres of land. Admission is free and requires a reservation for campers, hiking, and picnicking. Amenities in the area include free parking, restrooms, and picnic areas. Campers can stargaze without obstructions in this preserve, less than a half-hour drive from Palm Springs.

Visit these spots for stargazing in Palm Springs to get a scenic night sky view.

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