Premier Star Party October 4, 2013

"The Cosmic Campground was designed to be used just this way. This is a group of people interested in astronomy enjoying one of the most perfect places on the planet Earth to experience a star party." Annie Grauer October 2013

Photographs by David Thornburg

April 25, 2014 Western Interactive Lifelong Learning

August 9, 2014 Weed Control

Photograph by David Thornburg 

Star Party October 25, 2014

Photograph by David Thornburg 
Photograph by David Thornburg 

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June 12, 2015

Sunset: 8:24pm Astronomical Twilight: 10:07pm

Photographs by David Thornburg 

September 24, 2015 

New sign

Pads Poured

October 9 and 10, 2015



The Sky will be viewed Weather Permitting

Potluck and Telescope Set up 5PM
Bring a chair to sit on and a folding table if you have one
Drinks [no water on site]
Food to Share, Silverware, plates,paper towels etc

Pack it in Pack it out. There is no trash pickup.

Bring your Eyeballs, Binoculars, Telescope

Bring a flashlight . Red filter material will be provided.
Sunset: 6:49pm 
Viewing starts 7:30PM or so
Astronomical Twilight: 8:11pm
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Photographs by David Thornburg

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January 2016 IDA Certification

The announcement that the Cosmic Campground has been designated as an International Dark Sky Sanctuary was announced at the meeting of the Catron County Commission January 14, 2016.
[pictured right to left, Commissioner Bucky Allred, Patricia A. Grauer, Commissioner Glyn Griffin, Commissioner Anita Hand, Dr. Al Grauer]

"The Cosmic Campground in Catron County brings visitors from around the United States and the world to enjoy New Mexico’s unmatched wild places,” said Senator Heinrich. "Outdoor recreation is a huge draw for the state and contributes to our economy as a whole. I was glad to support the Cosmic Campground’s effort in becoming an International Dark Sky Sanctuary, and I am pleased with their success. This designation will elevate the status of western New Mexico as a true destination for star gazers and dark sky enthusiasts all while boosting the economies of local communities."

[Pictured Right to left Senator Martin Heinrich, 
Dr. Al Grauer, Patricia A. Grauer]

June 4, 2016

What Happened

According to US Forest Service data 97 vehicles with an estimated 194 visitors entered the Cosmic Campground June 3-5, 2016.

Entrance to the Cosmic Campground. 
Banner Sign courtesy of Annie and Al Grauer mounted with
Pat Morrison's efforts and hardware. 
International Dark Sky Association representative 
Pete  Strasser describes the attributes of the Cosmic Campground International Dark Sky to those participants who could be pried away from setting up their telescopes.
Left to right: District Ranger Anne Casey, 
Retired District Ranger Pat Morrison, and
Annie Grauer with the IDA  Cosmic Campground International Dark Sky Sanctuary Award 

NPR reporter Monica Ortiz interviews participants .
The Milky Way was fabulous.

The Images were obtained by David Thornburg

Support Statements

Martin Heinrich United States Senator

Tom Udall United States Senator

Don Tripp Speaker NM House of Representatives

Anita Hand Catron County Commissioner

Good evening to all. 

Welcome to Catron County. It has been said that Catron County is a preview of heaven and what a better way to preview heaven than to observe and appreciate the night skies. 

Please accept my regrets for not being able to be here personally as I know tonight will be an eventful one. Enjoy the skies, tell your friends, tell your neighbors and while you’re here take some time to visit the whole County - have a lot to offer from dark skies, to world renowned rock climbing to famous pies and green chile cheeseburger and juicy steaks. 

Plato’s older brother once said “For every one, as I think, must see that astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.”

Enjoy the skies.

Anita A Hand

District 1 Commissioner

Announcement and Information on What to Bring

Schedule June 4, 2016

Cosmic Campground International Dark Sky Sanctuary

6 PM Meet and Greet

1) Table with name tags and sign up sheets

2) Materials to provide a red filter for your flashlight will be provided

(Please use 2 or three layers of the red film.)

6:30 PM Introductions, Short Speeches

1) "Village meeting " What it takes to build a campground

2) Set up Telescopes .. get a chance to see them in the daylight 

3) Make free star wheels  {bring a scissors if you can .. not required] 

It will help you to identify some bright stars.

Take it home with you.

Hopefully the Sky Will Be Clear or Provide Us with Holes in the Clouds.

8:20 PM View Sunset

8:50 PM Watch the stars come out. 

(Be aware as your eyes dark adapt)

9:00 PM View Jupiter

Watch Saturn and Mars to rise in southeast

10:00 – 10:30 PM Green Laser pointer tour of the natural night sky

Learn to use your star wheel to identify objects in the sky

Milky Way rises over the Gila Wilderness

Additional Information on

Star Maps for June 4, 2016

Image Credit: by Dominic Ford

Image Credit: by Dominic Ford

August 11, 2016 Sign Installed

Getting Sign Ready

Sign Crew

November 12, 2016

Adopt a highway cleanup
10AM. November 12 [ November 13 as a rainy day back up]

March 30, 2017 Aldo Leopold Students

Students from Aldo Leopold Charter School, coordinated by Kristin Lundgren, visit the Cosmic Campground March 30, 2017.
Dr. Al Grauer spoke about and showed several astronomical objects.

Photographs by David Thornburg

April 21, 2017  New Mexico Backpackers Meetup Group

Cosmic Campground/Sacatan Falls Dayhike

June 24, 2017 Glenwood Library at the Cosmic Campground

July 2, 2017  Glenwood 4th of July Parade

Glenwood 4th of July Parade 2017