Current Observatory Status
August 2021

We are starting to host small star gazing groups in the observatory for the summer.  Everyone 12 years of age and older is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination.  


The group size needs to be limited to 12 people because of the Covid separation requirements and the limitations on the number of people that can fit in the dome.  Also, we are understaffed and can only be open just three or four nights a week until we get some more trained volunteers to help out.

We no longer do on-line reservations.  If you wish to reserve a date for a visit: First check out the schedule page to see if there are any open dates or can you fit in to an existing date without exceeding the 12 people limit. Then you need to answer the following questions via either email ( or call the observatory (970-586-5668) : 

What is the date you wish to book?
What other dates are you available?
How many adults (13 & older)?
How many children (12 & under)?
A phone where you can be reached in Estes?
Your groups vaccination status?
Where is your hometown?

Your booking request will be answered based on the when your request was made.

As conditions improve we hope to be able to accommodate more visitors.  We are also doing our best to recruit more volunteers which directly effects are ability to host star gazing groups. This summer we plan to return to our monthly star gazing parties and continue our monthly Estes Valley Astronomical Society meeting and scientific lecture series.  But, for now, the safety of our visitors and volunteers is our number one priority.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  If conditions change we will update this notice.


Welcome to the Estes Park Memorial Observatory On-line

The Estes Park Memorial Observatory (EPMO) is a community resource dedicated to fostering scientific education of children in Estes Park and serving as an educational venue for the community and visitors.   EPMO holds events throughout the year in conjunction with the local school system, the Estes Valley Astronomical Society and the Rocky Mountain National Park.

The observatory schedules private and group viewing sessions and hosts educational lectures on astronomy, cosmology, astrophotography and special astronomical events such as comet fly-bys and more! We also have fun on going projects like our Human Sundial Project. EPMO is currently offering  opportunities for volunteers. Just contact us to get involved and learn about our sky along the way! Can’t help? Donate to our Estes Park Observatory and come visit anytime!

See our Schedule to book your viewing and/or see what is coming up soon!

The Estes Park Memorial Observatory Goals:

  • To interest kids K-12th grade in math, physics and science.
  • To use astronomy as a tool to accomplish these goals.
  • To make learning a fun experience.
  • To promote critical thinking about really big things.


See more about our observatory equipment and learn more about observatory.

Donations can now be made on-line to EPMO! Thanks to our past and future donors.