Viewing the breathtaking night skies in Colorado can be difficult if you're close to the ambient light of the city, but the Colorado National Monument has the perfect solution this weekend.

If you've always wanted to gaze at the stars with no city light bleed and the pure silence of nature take a trip to the Colorado National Monument this weekend for their Astronomy Festival!

This killer event happens Friday, August 2nd and Saturday, August 3rd with the Western Colorado Astronomy Club is teaming up with to show you a great time viewing the Colorado sky and beyond.

On both days from 2 pm to 4 pm you can join them for some solar view through a telescope. No need to have your own expensive equipment, it will be provided for you.

If the night sky is more your thing, they are offering a night hike on both Friday and Saturday from 8 pm to 10 pm, be prepared for a 2-mile excursion of beautiful night skies. Make sure you're preregistered, you can stop into the Saddlehorn Visitor Center or give them a ring at 970.858.3617 extension 360.

If a hike isn't your cup of tea, join the Western Colorado Astronomy Club for a night-sky viewing at Saddlehorn Visitor Center on Saturday from dusk to 10:30!

If you're up there, take some photos and share on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #GJNightSky. We'll share your photos here on our website for all to see.