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Dark Sky Parks

Of the vast amount of 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.

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Certified Dark Sky Parks

Southeastern Utah

Southwestern Utah

Northern Utah

Dark Sky Communities


Located near Nine Mile Canyon and along the way to more popular Southern Utah adventures, this former mining and 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.

Urban Night Sky Place

Timpanogos Cave National Monument

Famous for it’s spectacularly decorated caverns of helictites, stalactites and stalagmites, Timpanogos Cave National Monument has a new designation — the first National Park Service unit to be certified as an Urban Night Sky Place. This IDA-certification recognizes sites near large urban areas which actively promote an authentic nighttime experience in the midst of a significant artificial light at night. In partnership with the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest and local astronomy groups, the park offers popular summer night sky programs in American Fork Canyon.


The University of Utah’s Willard L. Eccles Observatory isn't a certified Dark Sky Park, but is still a great place to explore the night sky. The observatory is sometimes open to the public, and its telescope offers views of celestial sights not visible with the naked eye.

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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.



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