Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is a recreation and conservation unit of the National Park Service that encompasses the area around Lake Powell and lower Cataract Canyon in Utah and Arizona, covering 1,254,429 acres of mostly desert. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is “a remote area on the Colorado Plateau with low populated but developed areas nearby, surrounded by public lands and national park areas.” Rainbow Bridge has been named a Dark Sky Sanctuary by the International Dark-Sky Association, the first in the National Park Service and fourth in the world to receive this honor. As many as 15,000 stars may be seen throughout the night at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and the park is committed to protect this precious, but rapidly disappearing, natural resource.
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!