Dinosaur National Monument is one of the darkest places remaining in the United States. Because there is little light pollution here, you can see the stars of our Milky Way galaxy with startling clarity. Night skies are a vanishing resource and increasing development, even in many rural areas, expands the impact of light pollution. Night sky resources can be quickly restored however with the installation of appropriate lighting that directs light to the ground where people are and not up into the air.
Much of Dinosaur National Monument provides prime places to view the night sky with either the naked eye or through the use of telescopes and binoculars. The monument has a designated spot where we hold our night sky programs near the Split Mountain Campground.
“No glow from city or town lights. Skies are clear most of the year. The monument has a Dark Skies program with night seminars offered to visitors.” You may even get a chance to spot the International Space Station pass overhead!
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!