These 4 Arizona Cities Have Some Of The Darkest Skies In The Country
Arizona is known for its beautiful landscapes but did you know our amazingly dark skies are another reason to love our state? That’s right! Since so much of our state is rural and wild, you’ll find plenty of areas to enjoy the dark sky for checking out the constellations, astrophotography, or watching the planets slowly orbit through a telescope.
If you’re not quite sure where to start looking for super dark skies, the easiest thing to do is just step outside. But if you’re looking for places to visit—or even live—then you’ll want to check out the International Dark Sky Association, which lists tons of places across the world that are actively working to reduce light pollution so you can enjoy a dark night sky. Let’s take a look at some of the places you’ll find here in Arizona!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/
You can find all of Arizona’s Dark Sky places and communities, as well as those in other states, by visiting darksky.org.
Monica is a Diné (Navajo) freelance writer and photographer based in the Southwest. Born in Gallup and raised in Phoenix, she is Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water People) and Tsi'naajinii (Black Streak Wood People). Monica is a staff writer for Only In Your State, photo editor for The Mesa Legend, and previously a staff writer for The Navajo Post. You can reach her at [email protected]
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