What Is It?
Gaze into the depths of the sky, seeing nebulae, galaxies and the vastness of our universe at the nation’s largest publicly accessible observatory, the Oregon Observatory in Sunriver, Oregon.
You Can See Clearly Now
Sunriver is high in Central Oregon, with an elevation of 4,164 feet above sea level. The elevation—plus clear skies benefiting from Sunriver becoming Oregon’s first designated International Dark Sky Place in 2020—make for some of the best stargazing in the state.
They’ve Got the Tools
The Oregon Observatory has more than a dozen available telescopes for visitors to use. Daytime observatory hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with nighttime visits from 8 to 9:30 p.m., but will move an hour earlier in October. Nighttime visits include a guided constellation tour and informational presentations. Telescopes are filtered for daytime viewing.
Visit the Nature Center
The Oregon Observatory is a part of the Sunriver Nature Center and Observatory. The nature center is at the same location, and hosts rehabilitating gyrfalcons, owls and an eagle, as well as snakes, lizards and frogs.
Daytime admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for kids 4 to 12 years old, and free for kids younger than 4. Admission for nighttime visits is $20 for those older than 3 years old. Reservations are required.
For updated hours, information on local health ordinances and to start planning your trip, visit snco.org/observatory or call 541-593-4442