Clayton Lake State Park in northeastern New Mexico is famous for its dinosaur trackways, supposedly the most extensive in North America. It is a place of rolling grasslands, volcanic rocks, and sandstone bluffs on the edge of the American Great Plains. Its high elevation of 5,186 feet (1.6 km) above sea level makes conditions ideal for stargazing. The lake observatory hosts star parties and is open to visits, but the campground requires booking ahead of time. An EarthSky reader says: “It is beautiful. Declared a gold-tier dark sky park by the International Dark-Sky Association.”
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.