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Craig briefs: Stargazing event is Saturday in Hayden

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is inviting all amateur astronomers to Yampa River State Park, located 2 miles west of Hayden on U.S. Highway 40, to enjoy an evening of stargazing at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

The nighttime skies above the park, far from the glare of city lights, provide the perfect opportunity to learn how to find the North Star, identify constellations and recognize the differences between stars and planets.

Local astronomer Jimmy Westlake will guide everyone through the maze of celestial bodies and pass along his knowledge of the Milky Way. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own telescope; however, a telescope will be available.

Assemble in the parking lot in front of the Group Picnic Area pavilion, behind the Camper Services building near the park's headquarters. The event is free; however, a seven dollar daily pass or a $70 yearly pass is required to enter the park.

Bring a lawn chair, warm clothes, snacks, water, insect repellent and a flashlight with a red filter. Unfiltered flashlights are discouraged.

For more information, call Yampa River State Park at 970-276-2061, or visit http://www.cpw.state.co.us/placestogoparks/yampariver.

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