Bryce Canyon is located in southern Utah and has the largest collection of hoodoos (pillars of rock) in the world . The intense red colours make it a popular destination for hiking and photography. The park hosts a large stargazing program with approximately 100 astronomy programs per year, presented by astronomy rangers and volunteers. As well, there is a 4-day Astronomy Festival every summer, with programs including workshops and speakers. Organized Full Moon hikes are popular (these require a ticket). A fellow EarthSky stargazer says: “There is virtually no light pollution. The elevation (on the main road through the park) ranges from 8,000 to 9,000 feet (2004-2700 m), so the air quality is great, making for unusually good seeing. This is among the best dark-sky sites I’ve been to.”
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.