come stargaze with us!

— Important UPDATEs: Monday, Aug. 9 —

1.) Regarding weather, your guess is as good as mine. We're preparing for scattered showers while praying for clear evening skies. Bring a blanket if you're planning to sit still for hours watching meteors.

2.) Location Change. Our last site was just clear-cut, so Evan scouted a new spot. It's fifteen minutes further but has a better road and bathrooms. For a more direct route, take FR 260 to FR 99. GPS: 34.41816, -110.77318 (send to Google Maps and save for off-line use):

The Spotts' are hosting their 7th annual Meteor Nights Campout! Whether you come for one evening or camp all weekend, you're invited. We're in for a special treat this year, too. The Perseid meteor shower falls during a new moon so skies will be dark by 8:30 pm. Michael plans to set up two telescopes. We plan to attend church in Payson that Sunday morning.

Note: this is not an official PURC event; each person/family should provide fully for their own needs. There's always the possibility of rain on the Rim, so come prepared. Have a canopy? Please bring it!


When: Aug 9-12 (Thur-Sun)

Where: Mogollon Rim* (map below)

*Our usual site is just over 2 hours from Central Phoenix. If weather on the Rim looks poor, we'll go to a backup spot at Powell Springs (1.5 hours north of Central Phoenix). Check here before leaving to know which we're at.

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.
— Psa 19:1-2


What are the Perseids?

The Perseids are a spectacular annual meteor shower. It's not uncommon to see dozens of meteors during peak hours. Learn more here. Note: you don't need binoculars or a telescope to see the meteors. You're welcome to bring them for stargazing.

what if I Can't get friday off? 

Most people come after work and eat dinner in Payson before joining us, since the “show” doesn't start until dark.

Are there bathrooms?

Restrooms are a ten-minute drive away.

What if I Don't want to camp? 

You can day-trip. But camping is fun.

What should I bring?

There is no fee for camping. Bring any TP, water, food, and beverages you need. If you plan to stay overnight, then shelter and camp basics.

Will it be cold?

Weather will be cool (High 90 ; Low 60). Some rain is expected, come prepared with spare clothes, etc.

Where is the campsite?

North of Payson, on the Rim. See map above.


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Location (GPS): 34.372259, -110.847187 // (Google Maps)

Note: turn on satellite mode in the bottom-left. We plan to stargaze in the clearing.

Directions from PURC:
51 S → 202 E → 87 N → 260 E → Left on Rd 237 for 3.7 mi. →  the site will be on your left.