The Best Places for Stargazing in Sisters

Chris Smith | 07.27.21

Are you looking for an escape that’s out of this world? If you visit Sisters, Oregon, you can take an exciting trip to the stars without ever leaving the comfort and convenience of Central Oregon. The city is surrounded by areas that are high in elevation but low in crowds, making them spectacular spots for stargazing. So grab your best blanket and a trusty telescope, because we’re taking you on an experience that’s nothing short of extraterrestrial.


If you prefer to plan your own astral adventure, you’ll want to seek out spots that are a bit removed from the bright lights and busy streets of downtown Sisters. Luckily, you can find plenty of perfect places right outside of town. The Newberry Volcanic Monument offers a stunning view of the night sky as it languishes over miles of ancient lava fields. If you prefer a more personal view, scale to the summit of South Sister to be over 10,000 feet closer to the stars and feel close enough to prod the planets.


Broken Top is a stunning stratovolcano settled deep in the Three Sisters Wilderness. The summit sits just over 9,000 feet and includes a glacial lake that paints a gorgeous backdrop for the beauty of the night sky. You’ll need to complete some challenging nighttime hiking, so dress appropriately and step carefully to the stars. 


If you prefer to take an expert on your expedition, Wanderlust Tours allows you to embark on an exciting starlit excursion. During the summer, experience the stars reflecting off of satiny black shores on starlight canoe tour. As you float atop the Cascade Lakes, you’ll be surrounded on all sides by crisp constellations as your guide gives you a glimpse into astrological myths and meanings. During the winner, take a moonlight and starlight snowshoe tour to explore the powdery Cascade Mountain slopes as the moon and stars shine brightly on the snow.


Of course, you can always head for one of our area’s outstanding observatories. The Dee Wright Observatory sits at the summit of McKenzie Highway, offering panoramic views of the peaks and the planets. It’s surrounded by 65 acres of black lava rock, creating a barren scene that puts you in a moon state of mind. Be sure to bring your own telescope for a closer look at the constellations. 


A bit further south, the Oregon Observatory at Sunriver Nature Center boasts a variety of top-of-the-line telescopes and a retractable roof that provides a gorgeous view of the galaxies. Book a private nighttime experience for an expert-led tour of the skies. 


If you’re seeking a stress-free star experience, book a rental that spreads wide underneath the stars. Our Wychus Canyon cabin offers dark, dreamy skies you can gaze upon from a wall of southern windows or your spacious outdoor deck.

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