GET READY TO SPEND A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT WITNESSING ONE OF THE FEW COSMIC EVENTS YOU NEVER GET TO SEE IN LA/OC
LYRIDS METEOR SHOWER CAMPOUT
EL MIRAGE DRY LAKE IN ADELANTO, CA
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PREPARE TO WATCH THE LARGEST BIG SCREEN EVER:
OUR WONDERFUL SKY...
The Lyrids Meteor shower is set to be visible in our Earthly skies the night of April 21st this year. There's no moon, clear skies, warmer weather, and it's a SATURDAY!
The LYRIDS METEOR SHOWER
The Lyrid meteors – April’s “shooting stars” – tend to be bright and often leave trails. About 10-20 meteors per hour at peak can be expected. Plus, the Lyrids are known for uncommon surges that can sometimes bring the rate up to 100 per hour.
This shower will probably rain down the most meteors in the dark hours before dawn on Sunday, April 22. You might want to watch between midnight and dawn. Why? It’s because that’s when the star Vega – the shower’s radiant point –rises above your local horizon.
Vega climbs upward through the night from the north east, starting at 9 or 10pm. The higher Vega climbs into the sky, the more meteors that you are likely to see. By midnight, Vega is high enough that meteors radiating from her direction streak across your sky. Just before dawn, Vega and the radiant point shine high overhead.
We had cloudy rainy skies the last four weekends. This is a sign that this event was meant to be:
NOTHING BUT CLEAR SKIES AND WARM WEATHER!
AND ONLY ABOUT 4-6 MPH WINDS
The best place to view a meteor shower is as far away from city lights as possible. One of the best places to witness this event is at the El Mirage Dry Lake in Adelanto.
El Mirage Dry Lake is located in the high desert, over the mountains right past Victorville. It is a vast 24,000 acre desert, far enough away from city lights.
The drive is about 1.8 hours from Los Angeles
We will be camping out all night long! There are no labeled camp sites here, so please read the following information on what to do and how to find us.
Schedule a Carpool to the Dry Lake
You may come to the Dry Lake at any time of the day or night.
- I-15 North
- Exit 395 North
- Left on Chamberlain Way
- Right on Koala Rd.
- Left on El Mirage Rd.
- Right on Mountain View Rd.
ENTER THE PARK AT MOUNTAIN VIEW RD.
ENTERING THE PARK
There is a $15 fee per vehicle for a one-day permit
Kiosk and visitor center is at the entrance of the park on Mountain View Rd. Bring a credit card or EXACT CASH.
Permit expires 12pm NOON the next day. So anytime you arrive Saturday, you must leave Sunday 12pm, or purchase another parking permit.
Do not park and leave your car at the visitor's center parking lot to avoid getting ticketed.
HOW TO FIND US
SINCE THERE IS NO SPECIFIC CAMP GROUNDS, WE WILL TRY TO SET UP CAMP CLOSE TO THE ENTRANCE OF THE PARK
DAYTIME: THERE ARE NO TREES AND THE AREA IS VISIBLE FOR MILES. IT SHOULDN'T BE DIFFICULT TO FIND US.
NIGHTTIME: WE WILL HAVE COLORFUL LIGHTS SET UP AT OUR CAMP AREA. THERE ARE NO STREET LIGHTS SO DRIVE SLOWLY.
CALL MY PHONE [masked] IF YOU NEED HELP FINDING OUR CAMPSITE
There are 10 pit toilets (covered stall, non-flushing) scattered around the lakebed.
There are no showers available
WHAT IS PERMITTED?
Fire (get a free permit at the visitor center for your own fire)
Driving fast (no speed limit) on the lakebed with your car and motorized toys, but forward ONLY. (No drifting or donuts)
ATV's, motorcycles, any other gas powered toys (must have a helmet)
Loud Noise, Music, Lights
WHAT IS PROHIBITED?
Glass containers (including beverages)
Nails from boards, palates, etc.
Drifting or making donuts with your car. This DESTROYS the lake bed, please don't do it.
CLICK HERE for the full EL MIRAGE RULES AND REGULATIONS
WHAT TO BRING
Tent, Tent Stakes (important in case there is a lot of wind), sleeping bag, pillows, air mattress/floor pad, lights (no outlets available), flashlights, chairs, tables
Basically, imagine this:
Don't forget the the option to car camp if you don't have a tent or don't feel like setting one up
LIGHT CLOTHING FOR THE DAY, WARM CLOTHING AT NIGHT
It is expected to be around 91 degrees in the daytime and 56 degrees at night. Prepare yourselves.
FOOD AND WATER
BRING YOUR OWN FOOD AND DRINKS
There is NO FOOD AVAILABLE in the park, and no store within 15 miles (30 minute drive). It would be a good idea to bring an icebox because of the hot daytime weather.
Bring a portable BBQ if you have it. BBQing in the desert all night long is awesome.
So very important! Don't forget your trashbags.
This is PACK IN, PACK OUT camping. That means there are no trash receptacles available. You must take all of your trash and belongings with you out of the park when you leave.
Please contribute 1 BUNDLE OF FIREWOOD per vehicle for a nice community fire all night long.
STUFF TO DO
Explore the desert trails in the daytime
Race your cars
Race your motorized toys
We will have music, lights, and speakers
Also the chance to experiment with some light graffiti since it will be DARK!
LET'S ENJOY OURSELVES AND LET THE METEOR SHOWERS ENTERTAIN ALL NIGHT LONG
SEE YOU THERE!