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Bryce Canyon National Park

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…read more »

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