White Tank Mountain Regional Park, in Arizona, lies just 28 miles (46 km) west of downtown Phoenix. Because of its location in the middle of the desert, there are lots of cactus, rocks and desert fauna. The park features a very open rugged area with trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Although the gates close at 8:00 pm and roadside parking is not allowed, sites for tent and recreational vehicle (RV) camping can be reserved for a fee. While describing the suitability of the park for stargazing, a friend of EarthSky said: “It’s very dark and far away from city lights and sounds. There are many places to park or camp that give an unobstructed view of the entire night sky full of stars and planets.”
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