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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


4 Days

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, Scenic Drives/Road Trips, Solitude, Stargazing


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6 Days

Stars by the City

Fill your days with adventure and your nights with stargazing by following this six-day itinerary from Salt Lake City through the International Dark Sky Places in Northern Utah.

Arts, Food and Drink, Hiking, Kid-Friendly, Scenic Drives/Road Trips, Stargazing, Urban Experiences


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7 Days

Hoodoos and Stars

Hoodoos and Stars takes advantage of the proximity of Zion, Bryce and Capitol Reef national parks to slow down and also experience some of the must-see southwestern Utah landscapes and experiences along the way.

Kid-Friendly, Scenic Drives/Road Trips, Stargazing, Camping & Backpacking, Hiking, Food and Drink


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Dark Sky Communities


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 International Dark Sky CommunityHelper's nearby Dark Sky Observers lead regular astronomy programs and special events in the area.


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.


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 for more information.

Planetariums and astronomy

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