Though there are many secluded areas to enjoy brilliant, starry skies in Northern Utah, one location is a certified International Dark Sky Park — and it’s not that far away. The vibrant city of Ogden is a major hub toward the upper end of the populous Wasatch Front, Utah’s urban corridor. It’s hard to believe, but just over the ridge line in the peaceful Ogden Valley lies a sprawling county park so ideally tucked away in a canyon the International Dark Sky Association added the park to its list of bronze-tier International Dark Sky Parks.
Washington Lake Campground is located just off the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway on the shores of Washington Lake at an elevation of 10,000 feet. The byway cuts through the Uinta Mountains, which are known for their abundant recreational opportunities and scenic beauty. For star gazing, just ‘get away from the campground a few meters, and look up!’
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!