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Eighty percent of Americans live in an area where they cannot see the Milky Way due to the light pollution of the cities. That is not an issue when stargazing in Utah. There's a certified International Dark Sky Park nearby to reconnect you with our ancestral knowledge and finely tuned instincts. Except this presents a welcome challenge: do we go to bed early to ensure ample energy for tomorrow's adventures, or stay up late for a chance to peer into light tens of thousands of years old, yet part of the same Universal sea of energy?
Utah has the highest concentration of International Dark-Sky Association-certified locations, including communities, parks and protected areas.

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How to Stargaze in Utah

Written By Whitney Childers

7 minute read

Tips on what to pack and when and where to go stargazing in Utah.

Solitude, Stargazing

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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.

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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