Big Bend National Park, Texas
Big Bend is one of the largest, most remote national parks in the United States. Situated far from any major urban areas, this park has very little light pollution. Prepare to see the Milky Way and thousands of stars like never before.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado
Newly deemed an official International Dark Sky Park, Black Canyon of the Gunnison is surrounded by miles of vast open spaces. Far enough from cities but close enough for easy access, this park’s perfectly situated for some serious stargazing in Colorado.
Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Explore the cliffs, canyons, domes, and natural bridges throughout 100 miles of the Waterpocket Fold to find the perfect spot. There’s very little artificial lighting in the park, making it ideal for stargazing.
Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico
This historical park protects archaeological discoveries that are thousands of years old with great care and strict lighting guidelines. This park is also home to a public observatory and annual star parties for visitors.
Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania
Spend a night in this park’s “Astronomy Field” for a 360-degree view of the night sky. Open year round with ideal conditions 60 to 85 days of the year, Cherry Springs remains one of the best spots for stargazing in Eastern United States.
Death Valley National Park, California and Nevada
Only slightly affected by light pollution from Las Vegas, Death Valley offers exceptionally clear views of astronomical objects visible to only some of the darkest places on Earth.
Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Arizona
With high elevation plateaus, exceptional air quality, remoteness, and prevalence of cloud-free skies, Parashant is home to an abundance of natural darkness and incredibly dark night skies.
The Headlands Park, Michigan
The Park holds 550 acres of woods and 2 miles of shoreline for stargazers to enjoy year round. There’s very little artificial lighting on the Park with frequent nighttime events throughout the year.
Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah
Situated in the remote southeastern corner of Utah on the Colorado Plateau, Natural Bridges is home to the second largest natural bridge in the world and near perfect lack of light pollution.
Oracle State Park, Arizona
With skyglow from nearby Tucson blocked by the Santa Catalina Mountains, Oracle remains one of the most remote and least visited parks in Arizona. This makes Oracle one of the best places for stargazing, despite its proximity to such a large metropolitan area.