Before it became a city park and open space, Buffalo Park was a private wildlife park. Flagstaff’s most popular urban trail – called Nate Avery Trail – makes a 2-mile loop around this 215-acre park. The park has easily accessible dark night skies and is in the middle of the city of Flagstaff. It also offers picnicking space, wildlife and scenic mountain views. The Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition (www.flagstaffdarkskies.org) said: “We think it is one of the most accessible places to look at the stars because Buffalo Park is near the center of town, surrounded by hotels, restaurants, shopping, etc, but with great night skies.” This group also offers a page of info on best places to stargaze around Flagstaff: http://www.flagstaffdarkskies.org/international-dark-sky-city/dark-skies-in-and-around-flagstaff
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