8/13/2021 | Elephant Rocks State Park | Belleview, MO
To mark this year’s biggest summer meteor shower, Elephant Rocks State Park will be open to the public for a rare after-dark event. The Perseids meteor shower is caused by particles released by the 109P/Swift-Tuttle Comet and can be seen with the naked eye. Park staff will be available to direct visitors to the best and safest areas to view the shower.
Please remember that it is August and you should dress for changeable summer conditions. It is often warmer on the rocks early in the evening as they radiate the heat they stored up in the hot summer sun all day. It then cools off as the night progresses, so be prepared to add layers as needed. Also be prepared to deal with insects like mosquitoes and ticks.
Elephant Rocks is a carry in, carry out park, so please bring in only what you will be able to carry out. Trash receptacles are provided at the parking lot of the park.
Please be respectful of other visitors. Avoid excessive use of artificial lights and excessive noise during the event. No tents or other invasive camping equipment, such as propane heaters or lanterns, will be allowed, but you can bring portable chairs and blankets to keep warm. Absolutely no campfires will be allowed.
So, if you like stargazing and light shows and are able to brave the August heat and bugs, this is your event. Come out and create a lifetime memory at Elephant Rocks State Park.
Telescopes and binoculars are not needed to view the shower, but you can bring your own -- just remember carry in, carry out.