Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Jim Hammond for an exploration of the night sky at Rimrock Ranch. Jim and friends will set up powerful telescopes and help you identify constellations, planets, and far-away galaxies. Explore astronomy and get a rare chance to enjoy the dark skies of this privately-owned ranch.

Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

Face masks:
Per Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidelines, all participants (regardless of vaccination status) must bring and wear a face mask during the walk or hike (as soon as you exit your vehicle). Face masks must fit tight to the face, be worn over the nose and mouth, and must be secure enough to stay on during your entire walk or hike. Per OHA guidelines, face shields are not considered a face mask. The Land Trust will have extra face masks for use as needed.

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is an outing with minimal walking.

    Route: The star party will occur adjacent to the parking area in a grassy meadow. Terrain will be uneven at times.

    Elevation gain/loss: There is no elevation gain/loss for this outing.

  • What to Bring

    Face mask (homemade is fine), flashlight/headlamp (red lights if you have one), warm clothes, blankets or camp chairs, binoculars or small telescopes (if you have them), snacks, water, closed toe shoes. Dress for the weather.

  • About the Property

    Rimrock Ranch is a privately-owned 1,120 acre ranch near Sisters. The Deschutes Land Trust worked with its owners to protect its outstanding fish and wildlife habitat.

  • Accessibility

    The Land Trust is working to make our Walks + Hikes as accessible as possible. Please let us know at least one week in advance if there is something we can do or provide to support you in participating in this outing to the fullest and we will accommodate as possible.