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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, in partnership with the Black Canyon Astronomical Society and Crawford State Park, will be celebrating the starlit skies of Western Colorado with their ninth annual Astronomy Festival June 13-16. Black Canyon was designated as an International Dark Sky Park in 2015, one of a growing number of National Park Service sites that are recognized for exceptional dark skies.

There will be daytime as well as evening programs, with solar and night sky viewing. New this year is solar viewing at the Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 16, followed that evening with night sky viewing at Crawford State Park at 7:30 p.m. The state park is waiving fees for the evening.

For a full schedule, see Black Canyon's website at http://www.nps.gov/blca/planyourvisit/calendar.htm.

All programs are free. The park entrance fee, good for seven days, is $20. Parking is available at the South Rim Visitor Center for day programs and the South Rim Campground for evening programs and night sky viewing. Parking is limited -- please carpool.

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