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Dark Sky Parks in Nevada

Back in the old days, deep, dark skies were the norm. But as the march of progress brought cities and artificial lighting to the masses, the world’s darkest skies began to recede. Today, they’re so rare that we have a designation for such places where you can see the Milky Way and other celestial wonders with the naked eye: certified dark sky parks, reserves, and sanctuaries. Fortunately, Nevada is home to several of them — and that means serious stargazing is possible in various parts of the state.


Visit Some of The Darkest Places in the U.S.

With some of the darkest night skies in the country, Nevada has managed to escape the encroaching light pollution issues the majority of states are plagued with. Check out the 7,000 stars visible to the naked eye in Tonopah, or see the stars and planets of the Milky Way like you’ve never seen them before in Great Basin National Park, one of the least crowded International Dark Sky Parks in North America. If you catch it on the right night, you can watch meteor showers with a front-row view. You make the judgment call if what you’re seeing is a satellite or a flying saucer near Area 51. Whether you explore five miles, or all 110,567 square miles of our state, one night spent on our turf and you’ll see why we’re rated the #1 Stargazing Destination in America by USA Today.


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Spend a Night Under The Stars

If you want to camp in a place with little to no light pollution, you’ll want to take into consideration the time of year you’re visiting. As you can imagine, a state as geographically large and diverse as Nevada experiences four different seasons — sometimes even in the same day! Nevada’s camping hotspots can be visited any time of year if you plan right and the weather cooperates. After all, there’s so much more time to explore the night skies when the northern hemisphere is tilted away from the sun.

Stargazing Camping Locations in Nevada

We’ve put together a handy guide to the best camping spots in Nevada along with full descriptions, road conditions, amenities, and best times of year to visit. Some of the top spots you’ll find there include Cathedral Gorge State Park between Pioche and Caliente, Jarbidge Wilderness Area north of Elko, Angel Lake near Wells, Death Valley National Park on the southern Nevada/California border, and many more. In each of these locations, you’ll find outstanding views of the night sky and, if you’re lucky, you might catch a shooting star — or maybe a couple dozen.

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Go Ahead, Gaze Away

Dark Skies Finder

With millions of acres of rugged, untamed wilderness, and thousands of miles of get-outside potential, it’s safe to say the Silver State offers dark sky lovers a lifetime of some of the most stellar exploration on Earth. From dark sky locations in national parks to our wondrous, wide-open desertscapes, we’ll show you the least light-polluted corners of the state for your next stargazing journey.

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Good Friday to all! The Last Supper statues by Albert Szukalski, with Star Trails at the Goldwell Open Air Museum at the Rhyolite Ghost Town. The Star Trails add showers of blessing to these amazing plaster sculptures, which amazingly have endured the extreme over 100 degree heat in this desert! Taken during our Star Trails and Light Painting in Death Valley Night Photography Workshop with creativephotoacademy, and Instructors cassonephotography and redheadkatrina. This was one of our last pictures of the Workshop! 🌠👬👬👬👬👬👬📷❤🙏 
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Nikon D810 
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15 pictures stacked and edited in Lightroom and Photoshop.

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For all of the 14 Star Trails pictures, 90 seconds at f/2.8 and ISO 400.
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“When we’re dancing, the night begins to shine...”

Prize to anyone who can tell me where this quote is from without googling it.
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A night out stargazing in #imlaynevada #travelnevada #getoutside
“Tonopah Trail”  Tonopah Army Air Field, Tonopah, NV  This army airfield (predecessor to the Air Force) was constructed in 1941 to serve as a training facility for various Army Air Force squadrons during WWII.  The airfield was active until August, 1945, and in 1948 it was deactivated and transferred to the town of Tonopah. All that remains of what was at one time one of the Army Air Forces largest airfield is several wooden hangers, such as this one.  #visitnevada #visittonopah #nyecounty #nightskyphotography #milkyway #abandonedafterdark #abandonedplaces #usarmy #usairforce #nightphotography #nightsky #astrophotography #highdesert #nightscapes #nightscapephotography #darksky #darkskypark
Throwback to the deserts of Vegas. Although Vegas is a party city it was so nice to explore the outskirts and see what Nevada had to offer. 🌵
Discover one of the best #NationalParks for hiking and stargazing @GreatBasinNPS  in this detailed guide by @americanfldtrp >> https://t.co/YUcB6u614c 

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The cloudy skies 2 hours before sunset last night didn’t give me a lot of confidence that I was going to be able to shoot any milky way. I was going to turn around but decided to drive to Goldfield anyways just for the drive. I arrived at 9pm and I was rewarded with clear skies. Setup my tripood, grabbed a chair, and just snapped away for almost 2 hours. Figured I’ll get my shot for image stacking, Star trails, and a time lapse! Multitasking. Also it was going to be the last night was nice weather. It was 62 degrees, this time I remembered to bring pants and a jacket. Starting next week, we’ll be in the triple digits so you’re going to see a lot of night photography from me for a while. ————————————————————————
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Don’t forget to add stargazing to your travel itinerary✅

P.S. The stars shine brighter in Henderson ✨🌎💫 📸: shay_na

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I recently found myself out in the middle of nowhere Nevada.  Couldn’t resist lighting up some buses and checking out some stars.  It’s damn dark out there! 🌚 ⁣
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