The King Range National Conservation Area is a remote region of California mountains and seascapes, about 253 miles (407 km) northwest of Sacramento, California. Please note that while there are no designated stargazing areas, the range is accessible by the public year-round and offers secluded shoreline, hiking trails, open fields and more, with wide open night skies suited for gazing; occasional star parties and stargazing events are hosted within the range by local astronomy organizations and groups. One EarthSky reader says the “nearest large urban area is 200 miles to the south — no light pollution.” Camping is also available from a selection of primitive and semi-developed campgrounds. For more information, please visit online or call 707-986-5400.
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