The stars come out Saturday at Highline Lake

Enjoy the wonders of the universe, at least as we know it, Saturday night when the 2013 Summer Star Party, presented by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Western Colorado Astronomy Club, opens the skies over Highline Lake State Park.

Club members will have high-powered telescopes, videos, and a world or two of astronomical information to share with park visitors.

The focus this year is on Jupiter and The Beehive Cluster - a cluster of stars in the constellation Cancer that contains a larger star population than most other nearby clusters.

“The dark skies over the park are perfect for viewing countless stars, planets, and maybe even the Milky Way or the space station,” said Highline State Park ranger Eric Los. “The club’s members are knowledgeable and are eager to answer any and all questions about astronomy.”

Visitors should arrive around 8:30 p.m. and park in the lots near the visitor center.

Don’t forget a comfortable chair or blanket, bug spray and enthusiasm for exploring the wonders of the night sky over western Colorado.

There is no charge for the program; however, each vehicle that enters the park must display a Colorado State Parks annual pass or $7 daily pass, available at the park entrance.

Before the stars come out, everyone can enjoy the parks many activities, including picnicking, water sports and fishing.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has stocked Mack Mesa Lake and Highline Lake with thousands of rainbow trout. Also, the swim beach is now open with water temperatures currently in the 60s and continuing to rise.

Highline Lake State Park is approximately 10 miles northwest of Fruita. Take Interstate 70 to the Loma exit, go right (north) on Colorado Highway 139 to Q Road, then follow the signs to the park.

For more information about Highline State Park, please visit: http://www.bit.ly/highlinelakestatepark.

Camping reservations are encouraged for weekends from March through October. Call 800-678-2267,  or online at http://www.bit.ly/cpwparkreservations


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