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Sky's The Limit Observatory and Nature Center

9697 Utah Trail, Near the North Entrance to Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
+1 760-367-7222
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Stars are the limit

this observatory are ran by volunteers- we were visiting our marine at 29 Palms and found - we had... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Ladyhawk21
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Greensboro, North Carolina
Such a neat experience!

We were staying in 29 Palms hiking Joshua Tree and drove past this place a couple times before I... read more

Reviewed May 13, 2018
samanthastidham
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Portland, Oregon
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Sky's the Limit Observatory and Nature Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing hands-on learning opportunities for the people of and visitors to the Joshua Tree Gateway Communities. We provide a place where the honest pursuit of knowledge enriches the lives of all willing to participate, whether to view the smallest objects on the Earth, or observe the colossal displays in the sky. We are open most Saturdays and you can find our events on our website.
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9697 Utah Trail, Near the North Entrance to Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
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+1 760-367-7222
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Reviewed 2 days ago

this observatory are ran by volunteers- we were visiting our marine at 29 Palms and found - we had a blast checking out all of the stars- and plants, meet some great people- even our marine was impressed- something we will not forget- keep up...More

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Reviewed May 13, 2018 via mobile

We were staying in 29 Palms hiking Joshua Tree and drove past this place a couple times before I decided to google it and see what the deal was. So glad I did! We visited on a Saturday night and there were a bunch of...More

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Reviewed April 28, 2018

Truly appreciate the enormity of space and our solar system by visiting this place just outside the Twentynine Palms Joshua Tree National Park entrance. Only has a docent on hand on Saturdays, which we highly recommend. There are explanatory QR codes on the Orrery the...More

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Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

Incredible that this eonderful facilty was created by volunteers. Check out the Human Size Orrery..a model of the solar system based on a 20 Billion to one scale where you choose the planet you want to be and get a true sense of space and...More

Thank Mark B
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SkystheLimit29, Volunteer at Sky's The Limit Observatory and Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2018

Thank you, Mark, for your enthusiastic review! We love your visits and hope you'll be back soon.

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Reviewed January 23, 2018 via mobile

Toward the north end of Joshua National park entrance. Not a huge Observatory but interesting stop if your in the area ! Interesting outdoor sculptures !

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Reviewed January 13, 2018

It's a small observatory, but it's very nice. You can learn a lot here and they're happy to teach you.

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SkystheLimit29, Public Relations Manager at Sky's The Limit Observatory and Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2018

Thank you for your kind words, Phillip. We are glad you enjoyed our facility and we hope to have you again soon!

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Reviewed November 15, 2017

This is also a must especially for amateur astronomers and families. We were there early Saturday building model rockets and launching them. Later that night looking at the stars with fellow enthusiasts. Great facility and great staff/volunteers. Educational and fun, make sure to wear layers...More

1  Thank Dan P
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SkystheLimit29, Public Relations Manager at Sky's The Limit Observatory and Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded November 17, 2017

Hi Dan! Thank you so much for the great review. I am glad that you had a great time at our Night Sky Festival. Sky’s The Limit has free public star parties most Saturdays. Different times of the year have different things to see! Check...More

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Reviewed November 15, 2017

We visited during the Night Sky Festival. Friday night was a big disappointment with cloudy skies. Saturday night was clear and the number of visible stars was incredible. You can see the city lights below, but you are enough higher to avoid much of the...More

Thank Gary W
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SkystheLimit29, Public Relations Manager at Sky's The Limit Observatory and Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded November 17, 2017

Thank you so much for your great review of the Night Sky Festival, Gary! The clouds were unfortunate on Friday, but we are so glad that Saturday was better. In case you didn’t know, Sky’s The Limit does free public star parties most Saturdays. Check...More

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Reviewed November 1, 2017 via mobile

My husband and I visited sky's the limit this summer during a California excursion. We didn't get to take part of one of their many events but this was easily one of my favorite places. The view of the night's sky even without a telescope...More

Thank Lauren R
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SkystheLimit29, Public Relations Manager at Sky's The Limit Observatory and Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2017

Hi Lauren! Thank you for your review! We are so glad you and your husband got the chance to visit our campus over the summer! We hope that you will return in the future for one of our free star parties. They are quite the...More

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Reviewed October 11, 2017 via mobile

I went here with my teenage boys and my 6 year old boy. The astronomers had multiple telescopes set up to view different images of the sky. We saw Saturn, which looked so good! We also saw Jupiter and many other constellations. The astronomers we're...More

Thank Dianna R
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SkystheLimit29, Public Relations Manager at Sky's The Limit Observatory and Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2017

Hello Dianna, Thank you so very much for your wonderful review about our observatory! We are thrilled that you and your boys had a great time sharing the night sky with us. As volunteers, it makes our day to hear we made a positive impact,...More

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funtravel4u
November 13, 2017|
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Response from SkystheLimit29 | Property representative |
Hi funtravel4u, If you are unsure about whether or not we are open, we have all of our dates where we are open to the public posted on our website on the Events Calendar tab and also on our Facebook page on the Events tab... More
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lolo_pastouche
August 14, 2017|
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Response from Ciera A | Property representative |
Hello. The campus is always open but when docents are not there please be aware that the bathrooms will be locked. We also do not allow smoking or pets, even when docents are not present.
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emiliobarbieri
April 25, 2017|
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Response from Ciera A | Property representative |
Hi Emilio, Unfortunately we are only open on Saturday nights. All of our astronomers are volunteer and that is the only day they have free in their schedules to do these star parties. We have an event on Saturday, May 27... More
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