Best parks for stargazing

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    Etexcamper Member

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    What are the best places you camped for watching the stars. Mine would be Sunshine Circle Campground in Northeast Texas. On a clear moonless night you can actually see colors of the Milky Way.
     
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    Use Google Earth (its free) and add the overlay Dark Sky Bootle.kmz (you can find it online) to see the dark areas - you can adjust the density of the overlay under properties.
     
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    Big Bend NP. Dark Sky recognized. Also McDonald Observatory on your way north from BiBe.
     
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    i agree with Jimbow, Big Bend has the darkest skies around. absolutely amazing! AND so much more...not sure i would want to visit in the summer.
     
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    Bruneau State Park, Idaho
     
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    Cedar Breaks national monument near Brianhead, Utah. It a recognized dark sky area. You can also drive to the top of Brianhead mountain just shy of 12,000 ft at night. Pretty awesome spot!
     
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    Stephen C. Foster State Park - Fargo, Georgia - 17 miles off the main road (which is in the sticks). Considered a dark sky park. Bonus - you can take boat rides and see lots of alligators.
     
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    Tahquamenon Falls state park in Paradise Michigan. I live in the southeastern corner of the state’s Lower Peninsula, so the drive is approximately 6 hours with trailer in-tow. By far the best place I have ever been to see the northern lights!
     
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    Merritt Reservoir, North Central Nebraska. Great camping (I like the east side with no hookups and near the beach), great fishing, its in the Sandhills of Nebraska so great sand beaches. There are no towns within 25-30 miles so there are no Lights to light up the sky. Go there on a no moon night and you cant see your hand in front of your face. Beautiful stargazing.
     
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    Reading this makes me realize we're fortunate in the west to have ample sparsely populated lands to enjoy, especially if you boondock. I couldn't even compile a list of stargazing spots we've enjoyed. It would just read, "in the mountains" or "out there."
     
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    I would certainly agree with Big Bend if you are only thinking Texas....and also agree that you may not want to go in summer.....because it is EXTREMELY hot with a pop up. But.. if you just mean anywhere we have found star gazing wonderful.... try KODACHROME State Park in Utah (just down the road from Bryce Canyon a few miles and OH THIS PARK IS WONDERFUL!!!
     
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    I’m biased but the night sky in GTNP and the surrounding area is spectacular.
     
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    Mesa Verde Co, and Big Bend in Texas
     
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    Kissimmee Prairie State Park, Florida Is a Deep Sky site. They actually have a separate special camping area for those serious gazers
     
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    If you’re in the Midwest, northeastern Indiana’s Pokagon State Park had an awesome ranger-led star gazing program one weekend night a month for campers.
     
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    There are all sorts of campgrounds on the Colorado plateau at high elevation with no lights around. They are excellent for sky viewing.
     
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    Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania
    I live 9 miles from the park & I took my beginning flight instruction at the Cherry Springs Airport in my youth. Airport is now gone and what remains is a terrifically huge field to set up your telescopes. There are three small observatories on site as well. There is a good sized campground right at the park. A couple times a year their are “Star Parties” that last a week or more.
    Also, once a year in August there is a Woodsmen’s Carnival. Logging equipment, vendors, logging competitions..etc...

    https://cherryspringsstatepark.com/
     
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    We liked Davis Mountain State Park TX.
     
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