Squaw hosting camp under the stars

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On Friday, Aug. 12, friends and families can camp under the stars and watch the night sky light-up during the annual Perseids Meteor Shower at the best viewing location in the area, Squaw Valley USA's High Camp.

The Perseids come every year beginning in late July and stretching into August. The best viewing this year fall on Aug. 12. On this night, sky watchers can witness colorful fireballs, occasional outbursts and long hours of gracefully streaking meteors.

Perseids Meteor Shower Campout campers can upload the Cable Car between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Upon arriving at High Camp, guests have the option of starting off the evening with a self-led sunset hike around Squaw Valley's upper mountain peaks or eating dinner at the resort's mountaintop cafe (not included in price).

Following, there will be an informational briefing on telescopes as well as campfire activities, with meteor shower viewing beginning at 10 p.m. In the morning campers will enjoy a continental breakfast from 7:30-8:30 a.m. before downloading the Cable Car.

Reservations for the Perseids Meteor Shower Campout are required and this event does sell out. Registrants will receive a detailed information packet along with confirmation. Those interested in more information or in making reservations can call 530-583-6985.

Cost is $75 for adults ages 16 and older; $50 young adults and children. Price includes Cable Car and professional stargazing.


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