dark skies nevada stargazing

Stargazing

Nevada stargazing is unbeatable, because the state is home to more of the last true dark skies than anywhere in America. Unblemished, unbelievably crisp, clear starry night skies can be found in all corners of the Silver State, thanks to the way Nevada’s history concentrated almost all of its 3 million residents into two metro areas and a handful of intriguing little towns. Even when you’re in a small town like Ely, Tonopah, and Gerlach—dark sky sanctuaries await, right on the outskirts, where solitude is felt and nature runs wild. Find out how to stargaze with the naked eye in the Silver State as you take a look up at the Nevada night sky.

All Nevada Stargazing

What is Stargazing?

Wondering, “what is stargazing?” It’s exactly what it sounds like: looking up and soaking in the wonder of a deep, dark sky and appreciating the majesty of it all. The thing is: you don’t need professional equipment such as telescopes or an astrophotography rig to enjoy Nevada stargazing. All you need is a sense of curiosity and a clear night.

milky way system during night time at the international car forest
International Car Forest of the Last Church
shooting star while stargazing at sand mountain
Sand Mountain Recreation Area

How to Stargaze?

Now, we said you don’t have to get all fancy with how to stargaze, but we’re totally fine if you do. If you’re able to pull out the big ‘scopes, star charts, stargazing apps, and other accoutrement of the trade, go for it. But Nevada is the ideal place for the amateur stargazer, too.

There are endless gadgets and tools you can use for locating the Big Dipper, Orion’s Belt, and other notable constellations. But you may be amazed to find that they’re all super easy to spot in Nevada’s dark skies. Whatever you have (or don’t) — just get here to witness these heavenly wonders.

Moon Phases

Waxing, waning, full or crescent? Find out which mood the moon will be in tonight or on your next Nevada backcountry stargazing trip.

nevada night sky

Travel Nevada Pro Tip

Embark on an adventure of astronomical proportions along the “Starry-est Route in America.” The Park to Park in the Dark route takes you from Death Valley to Great Basin via some of the least light-polluted spaces in small towns in the Lower 48. Just make sure you’re prepared to truly be in the dark. We’re talkin’ long stretches with no cell service, no other people, no nothin’—besides a few thousand stars. Do your homework, journey safely, and let the memories beam down.

#TravelNevada

Had an out-of-this world experience in the Silver State? Tag #TravelNevada to help us show off the best stargazing in the USA. If we love your photo, you may find it featured here.

“𝙵𝚘𝚛 𝚖𝚢 𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚝, 𝙸 𝚔𝚗𝚘𝚠 𝚗𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚊𝚗𝚢 𝚌𝚎𝚛𝚝𝚊𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚢, 𝚋𝚞𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚛𝚜 𝚖𝚊𝚔𝚎𝚜 𝚖𝚎 𝚍𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚖.” — 𝚅𝚒𝚗𝚌𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚅𝚊𝚗 𝙶𝚘𝚐𝚑
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Valle of Fire National park 

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With many key sites in California still closed to us, it’s Nevada for the win!
The Universe out here making magic 
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A tired man watching the Milky Way rise through the Vegas city lights in the distance
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Katrina redheadkatrina spinning a Green Orb Light Painted Ball at the back of the Goldwell Open Air Museum House, with the Milky Way rising above in the skies. Taken at Rhyolite Ghost Town in Beatty, NV in Death Valley National Park with the creativephotoacademy, led by cassonephotography and redheadkatrina. This was our very last photo shoot of the night and of our Star Trails and Light Painting in Death Valley Photography Workshop, early this morning at 12:20 AM on June 21, 2020. Good Nigjt and Sweet Dreams, everyone! 🌌🏠💚📷 #deathvalley #deathvalleynationalpark deathvalleynps #deathvalleylove #nationalparklife #rhyolite #rhyoliteghosttown #beatty #nevada #creativephotoacademy  creativephotoacademy #paulsphoto pauls.photo #onlyinnevada only_in_nevada  #exploredesertcities exploredesertcities #onceupon_the_earth #astrophotography #milkyway #milkywaychasers #thegreatmilkywaychase #ig_milkyway #longexposure #longexposure_shots #raw_longexposure #bestpicsaround  #shannasshots #abc7eyewitness #cbsla #nbcla #nikond810 #nikkor2470mm #nikonnofilter #nikonlove
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A night out stargazing in #imlaynevada #travelnevada #getoutside
First van adventure of the summer in “El Capitan”

Caught the last colors of the geostorm lighting up the Milky Way over the Eastern Sierras. Can’t wait for more “shevanigans” around Nevada this summer! 

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We went for a drive last night to try and capture the Aurora Borealis and it was so subtle compared to Friday night we could baaaarely see it but you can see the “slight” purple and green!🌟🙌🏼
Definitely was still a fun late night drive with the pups and took a few Milky Way pictures while we were out and about!💫🤭 
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