Salt Lake Compass Rose Dark Sky Excursion

This captivating four-hour adventure whisks you away from the urban glow of Salt Lake City to the heart of Huntsville, Utah. Nestled amidst breathtaking mountain ranges, our destination is the renowned HALO Observatory at Compass Rose Lodge, known for its pristine dark sky views.

Our journey begins every Thursday evening in Salt Lake City, where we load into our comfortable transport. As we leave the city behind, the landscape transforms into a tapestry of rolling hills and majestic peaks. Our knowledgeable guide will share fascinating insights about the area, keeping you engaged throughout the scenic ride.

Upon arrival at the Compass Rose Lodge, a haven of tranquility awaits. Here, at an elevated vantage point, light pollution fades away, revealing a breathtaking panorama of the night sky. Our expert host, passionate about astronomy, will be your guide through the cosmos.

Prepare to be dazzled by the Milky Way Galaxy in all its glory. With the naked eye, witness a breathtaking swathe of stars stretching across the celestial canvas. Then, delve deeper using HALO's incredible telescopes. Peer into the depths of space and marvel at celestial wonders like the Andromeda Galaxy, our closest galactic neighbor, as well as the star formations of distant nebulae.

These aren't your average telescopes. HALO boasts a state-of-the-art 16-inch Ritchey-Chrétien telescope, mirroring the design of the Hubble Space Telescope. Its advanced technology minimizes distortion, offering unparalleled clarity as you explore the cosmos. Our guide will expertly navigate the night sky, ensuring you don't miss a single celestial spectacle. This unforgettable experience will leave you with a newfound appreciation for the vastness of space and the wonders that lie beyond our everyday world.


  • Professional Local Tour Guide
  • Comfortable Transportation
  • Bottled Water
  • Applicable Taxes and Fees
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (select hotels only)

Tour Details:

Available every Thursday evening

May 1 to September 1
8:00 PM Hotel Pick up in Salt Lake City
8:30 PM Travel to Huntsville, UT
9:15 PM Arrive at Compass Rose
9:30 to 11:00 PM Night Sky Program
11:00 PM Return to Salt Lake City
12:00 AM Hotel Drop Off

September 1 to October 15
7:00 PM Hotel Pick up in Salt Lake City
7:30 PM Travel to Huntsville, UT
8:15 PM Arrive at Compass Rose
8:30 to 10 PM Night Sky Program
10:00 PM Return to Salt Lake City
11:00 PM Hotel Drop Off

October 15 to March 15
6:30 PM Hotel Pick up in Salt Lake City
7:00 PM Travel to Huntsville, UT
7:45 PM Arrive at Compass Rose
8:00 to 9:30 PM Night Sky Program
9:30 PM Return to Salt Lake City
10:30 PM Hotel Drop Off

March 15 to May 1 
7:30 PM Hotel Pick up in Salt Lake City
8:00 PM Travel to Huntsville, UT
8:45 PM Arrive at Compass Rose
9:00 to 10:30 PM Night Sky Program
10:30 PM Return to Salt Lake City
11:30 PM Hotel Drop Off

Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Children must be accompanied by an adult


  • $145 per person Adults (16 years old +)
  • $110 per person Child (1-15 years old)

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