Grand Pass Conservation Area is a grand nature preserve located within the Saline County, Missouri, about 94 miles (151 km) northeast of Kansas City, Kansas. Please note that while there are no designated stargazing areas, the area is accessible by the public year-round and offers secluded hiking and walking trails, marshes, picnic areas, and more, with wide open night skies suited for gazing. One EarthSky reader says “it measures about a 3 on the Bortle scale, so lack of light pollution makes for a decently dark area. Relatively remote and quiet.” This area has also been designated by Audubon Missouri as an Important Bird Area. Camping is permitted at various individual campsites and boat areas along the Missouri River. For more information, please visit online or call the Missouri Department of Conservation at 660-646-6122.
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!