Great Basin National Park is a Nevada state park comprised of several ancient bristlecone pine groves, about 296 miles (476 km) north of Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s an accredited dark sky park, called “a truly notable dark-sky resource worth protecting” by the International Dark Sky Association. The park also provides educational resources like a planet viewing guide and satellite flyover schedule at their many recommended stargazing areas. In addition to gazing, visitors are encouraged to partake in the solitude of the wilderness, walk among ancient bristlecone pines, and explore mysterious subterranean passages. Camping is also available, both primitive and developed. For more information, visit online or call 775-234-7331 between 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
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.