Oklahoma Is Home To One Of The Biggest Remote Dark Sky Parks In The World
Astronomers flock to Black Mesa State Park & Nature Preserve for its dark nighttime skies. In fact, it’s famous for having some of the darkest nighttime skies in the whole country. This park and preserve is a mecca for stargazers, and it’s so magnificent that they host one of the world’s best star parties in the world. This remote area is located in Oklahoma’s panhandle and is the perfect place to enjoy a stargazing experience.
Black Mesa State Park & Nature Preserve is located in the extreme panhandle of Oklahoma, close to the border of Colorado and New Mexico. The nature preserve and state park are about 15 minutes away from each other and both are run by the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department.
As far as public land goes, Black Mesa has some of the darkest nighttime skies in the country. This remote location is every astronomy enthusiast's dream.
Throughout the year there are various meteor showers that draw in large crowds. And, from the look of all these impressive pics, we can see why.
But the biggest event of the year is the Okie-Tex Party. Stargazers from all over the world flock to this spot to see epic views of the night sky.
For one week, people will camp under the stars or in their RVs and enjoy one of nature's finest shows in the world.
The Orion constellation can be spotted here in this impressive photo that highlights the constellation.
If you are looking for some fun activities to do in the park during the day, you can go hunting for dinosaur footprints.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Okie-Tex Party, check out our
featured article on this popular party.
Be sure and visit the
official website for Black Mesa before visiting. Due to its remote location, you’ll want to plan and prepare ahead of time.
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Black Mesa State Park & Nature Preserve, OK-325, Kenton, OK 73946, USA