The Southern Colorado Astronomical Society (SCAS) takes a ride into yesterday aboard a vintage steam engin passenger train for an evening of unparalleled star gaze at an elevation of 9,200 ft.

What could be more relaxing than a train ride, camping, and star gazing with crisp clear skies int he Rocky Mountains!  This is star gazing in style as our destination has hot and cold running water, restroom facilities with flushing water, pave stone paths, electricity, and WiFi access, picnic tables, a cabin...and did we mention access to the site only by train.  Once we arrive to Fir Station, members and guests download their camping gear and telescopes to be transported to the camping location via a quad cargo ATV, that's right no hauling of equipment at elevation, let the ATV do the work for you.

Set up your tent and prepare your evening dinner meal while the sun set lower in the western sky.  After the meal set up your telescope then enjoy the company of fellow amateur astronomers and star gazers.  When the first star appear you'll understand why we like heading up to 9,200 ft to star gaze. Amazing clear skies with no light pollution to inhibit your view.  See the stars like they were meant to be seen.  For more details about this incredible experience visit the SCAS website and click on the Starlight Express button.

Date: Saturday, 8/23/2014 - Sunday, 8/24/2014

Time: 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM Mountain

Location: Fir Station, La Veta, CO

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  • Sunset Image
    Sunset: 7:43 PM
  • Waning Crescent
  • Sky Chart - click to enlarge
    What's in the Sky this evening?

Information for Visitors:
The Starlight Express is open to everyone you need not be a member of the soceity to join us on the trip  There is a $26.00 train ticket that must be purchased per person through the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad.  This provides round trip travel.  There are no other expenses charged by the railroad and SCAS does not charge anything for the trip.  Ticket purchasing information can be found on the SCAS website at then click on the Starlight Express button.  Please be sure to visit the Starlight Express page for important information concerning what to bring, departure time and location and other useful information about the trip.  Please do note this is the only Starlight Express trip scheduled for 2014. 

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Location Details

Fir Station

La Veta, CO

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