The Bodie Hills are a low mountain range in Mono County, California, just 10 miles (16 km) west of the Nevada border, where they become the Bodie Mountains in Mineral County, Nevada. Please note that while there are no designated stargazing areas, the range is accessible by locals and tourists year-round, and also provides ample opportunity for hiking, fishing, and more, as well as free camping opportunities for visitors (although fire permits must be obtained at a local ranger station). One EarthSky reader encourages travelers to “just pull over, get out and see what the ancients saw – minimal light pollution, if any.” For more information, please visit online or call 760-873-6500.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.