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Dark Sky Parks

Of the vast amount of certified International Dark Sky Parks and Communities that are part of a catalog of the finest dark skies in the world, the highest concentration are in Utah. Explore the statewide locations and make plans for experiencing natural wonders after the sun sets. 

Stargazing in Utah About the Certification

Certified Dark Sky Parks

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Red Rock & Dark Skies: Stargazing the National Parks

This road trip through southwest Utah takes you to four of Utah’s best places to see the Milky Way — Capitol Reef National Park, Kodachrome Basin State Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and Cedar Breaks National Monument.

Adventure, Solitude, Stargazing

Highlights

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Dark Sky Communities

Helper

Located near Nine Mile Canyon and along the way to more popular Southern Utah adventures, this former mining nad railroad town continues to grow, giving travelers a glimpse into a community of art, history and stories of the power of togetherness. The town rallied its locals to protect and share its natural dark skies, leading to its certification of being an Helper's nearby Dark Sky Observers lead regular astronomy programs and special events in the area.

Torrey

Located just eight miles from the west entrance of Capitol Reef National Park, Torrey is an idyllic little tree-lined, high-elevation town on the Capitol Reef Country Scenic Byway (S.R. 24) surrounded by rose-colored cliffs and green meadows. The town came together to protect its night skies by improving outdoor lighting ordinances and retrofitting dark-sky compliant outdoor lighting to minimize light pollution and strengthen the town’s already close relationship with nature, place and the universe.

MORE DARK SKIES

The University of Utah’s South Physics Observatory in Salt Lake City offers free public star parties on clear Wednesday nights. During the visit, expect to see galaxies, nebulae, stars, moons, planets and clusters. Opening times vary throughout the year, check observatory.astro.utah.edu for more information.

Planetariums and astronomy

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