Most trails remain closed (as of 2/18) as soils remain moist. The Town Loop and Steve Garst Trails are open near Coon Rapids.

Stargazing

Whiterock Conservancy has the darkest skies in Iowa, and the local community continually works to control light pollution to keep it that way. Find a quiet hill and look up for a great night sky, the myriad of stars never fail to please. Whether you have a telescope or not, the Milky Way can be seen most nights.

Each year the Ames Area Amateur Astronomers hold at Star Party at Whiterock, and the public is invited to join in the fun one night. After a short astronomy talk, astronomer participants in the star party welcome everyone to take a look through their various telescopes at all the dark Iowa skies have to offer. If the weather is clear, visitors will have the chance to see numerous different galaxies, nebulas and stars millions of light years away, as well as some of the planets in our cosmic back yard, the Solar System. All ages are welcome, and appropriate attire for the weather and a blanket are recommended. Check the calendar of events for this year’s public viewing event.

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