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Sky's The Limit Observatory and Nature Center

9697 Utah Trail, Near the North Entrance to Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
+1 760-367-7222
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Rockets and Stars : Night Sky Festival

This is also a must especially for amateur astronomers and families. We were there early Saturday... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Dan P
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Los Angeles, United States
Incredible Night Sky

We visited during the Night Sky Festival. Friday night was a big disappointment with cloudy skies... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Gary W
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St. George, Utah
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Sky's the Limit Observatory and Nature Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing hands-on learning opportunities for the people of and visitors to the Joshua Tree Gateway Communities. We provide a place where the honest pursuit of knowledge enriches the lives of all willing to participate, whether to view the smallest objects on the Earth, or observe the colossal displays in the sky. We are open most Saturdays and you can find our events on our website.
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9697 Utah Trail, Near the North Entrance to Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is also a must especially for amateur astronomers and families. We were there early Saturday building model rockets and launching them. Later that night looking at the stars with fellow enthusiasts. Great facility and great staff/volunteers. Educational and fun, make sure to wear layers...More

Thank Dan P
SkystheLimit29, Public Relations Manager at Sky's The Limit Observatory and Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Dan! Thank you so much for the great review. I am glad that you had a great time at our Night Sky Festival. Sky’s The Limit has free public star parties most Saturdays. Different times of the year have different things to see! Check...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited during the Night Sky Festival. Friday night was a big disappointment with cloudy skies. Saturday night was clear and the number of visible stars was incredible. You can see the city lights below, but you are enough higher to avoid much of the...More

Thank Gary W
SkystheLimit29, Public Relations Manager at Sky's The Limit Observatory and Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for your great review of the Night Sky Festival, Gary! The clouds were unfortunate on Friday, but we are so glad that Saturday was better. In case you didn’t know, Sky’s The Limit does free public star parties most Saturdays. Check...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I visited sky's the limit this summer during a California excursion. We didn't get to take part of one of their many events but this was easily one of my favorite places. The view of the night's sky even without a telescope...More

Thank Lauren R
SkystheLimit29, Public Relations Manager at Sky's The Limit Observatory and Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Lauren! Thank you for your review! We are so glad you and your husband got the chance to visit our campus over the summer! We hope that you will return in the future for one of our free star parties. They are quite the...More

Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

I went here with my teenage boys and my 6 year old boy. The astronomers had multiple telescopes set up to view different images of the sky. We saw Saturn, which looked so good! We also saw Jupiter and many other constellations. The astronomers we're...More

Thank Dianna R
SkystheLimit29, Public Relations Manager at Sky's The Limit Observatory and Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

Hello Dianna, Thank you so very much for your wonderful review about our observatory! We are thrilled that you and your boys had a great time sharing the night sky with us. As volunteers, it makes our day to hear we made a positive impact,...More

Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

We came here with my family to see the stars. This place is absolutely awesome! This is a must place to visit when coming here to 29 palms!

Thank DevilDog27
Ciera A, Public Relations Manager at Sky's The Limit Observatory and Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017

Thank you for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed the night sky with us and we hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 30 August 2017

Hubby and I were in Joshua Tree National Park when the solar eclipse occurred in August. Rangers at the Visitors Center directed us to the observatory which, along with the Park Service, gave out free glasses and had set up several telescopes through which visitors...More

Thank travelerRH
SkystheLimit29, Public Relations Manager at Sky's The Limit Observatory and Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

Thank you so much for reviewing our observatory! We are so happy to hear that you and your husband had a great time viewing the solar eclipse with us! We encourage you both to return for one of our public star parties! We have them...More

Reviewed 6 August 2017

We went to Sky's the Limit Observatory There is very nice night programs here. Its one of the best places to see the stars and other night activity. Staff is very nice.More

Thank mini
SkystheLimit29, Public Relations Manager at Sky's The Limit Observatory and Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

Hi! Thank you so much for your wonderful review of our observatory! As volunteers, it thrills us to see that people have a great time at our free public star parties. We hope you return! Autumn is a great time to visit as the weather...More

Reviewed 2 May 2017

Just a few minutes south of town, this is a perfect place to stop and take in the night time skys. It is about 500 yards from the park entrance and there are few lights to oobscure the view.

Thank svhiker
Ciera A, Public Relations Manager at Sky's The Limit Observatory and Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2017

Thank you for your review of our observatory! We are so glad you were able to visit us and that you enjoyed your experience. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 14 February 2017

While researching Joshua Tree I came upon a mention of this place. It was a Saturday so I was in luck as they had a star evening that evening. The volunteers set up 6 telescopes and you went from station to station viewing what they...More

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SkystheLimit29, Public Relations Manager at Sky's The Limit Observatory and Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2017

Greetings, Ann! We are so delighted that you were able to experience one of our Saturday night star parties. We hope you are enjoying using your binoculars, and that you will join us for another star party again soon! My recommendation is to come back...More

Reviewed 7 December 2016

I was camping in Joshua Tree National Park and came out here around dusk for one of their events. The people were exceptionally friendly and welcoming, shared their very expensive astronomy equipment with you and told all sorts of great stories. For those who may...More

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SkystheLimit29, Public Relations Manager at Sky's The Limit Observatory and Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2016

We thank you so much for your wonderful review of our facility. Steve and I are delighted that you enjoyed our star party and we hope to see you again soon! :) We love sharing our equipment and the night sky wonders with others. Ciera,...More

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funtravel4u
13 November 2017|
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Response from SkystheLimit29 | Property representative |
Hi funtravel4u, If you are unsure about whether or not we are open, we have all of our dates where we are open to the public posted on our website on the Events Calendar tab and also on our Facebook page on the Events tab... More
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lolo_pastouche
14 August 2017|
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Response from Ciera A | Property representative |
Hello. The campus is always open but when docents are not there please be aware that the bathrooms will be locked. We also do not allow smoking or pets, even when docents are not present.
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emiliobarbieri
25 April 2017|
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Response from Ciera A | Property representative |
Hi Emilio, Unfortunately we are only open on Saturday nights. All of our astronomers are volunteer and that is the only day they have free in their schedules to do these star parties. We have an event on Saturday, May 27... More
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