Valley of Fire State Park has 40,000 acres of bright red Aztec sandstone outcrops nestled in gray and tan limestone. Its ancient, petrified trees and petroglyphs date back more than 2,000 years. “Minimal air and light pollution. Great clear skies! Overnight camping is best, as they now close at sundown.”
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.