Best parks for stargazing

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    My last trip to Davis Mountain State Park was during the drought and fire, 2012. Loved that place and always hoped it grew back and covered the fire scars.
     
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    I'm headed there next week, and I've done some great landscape astrophotography there in the past. I plan my trips for new moons.
     
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    White Mountains (CA) have some great spots. Grandview Campground (Inyo Nat. Forest) is good because it's full of astronomy nerds who won't ruin your night vision with flashlights and campfires. Rarely cloudy, good altitude, middle of beautiful nowhere.
     
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    We were there this year around feb 20th. We did not see any signs of a fire at either the state park or at the fort.
     
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    tenttrailer Art & Joyce - Columbus, O

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    We like the upper camp grounds.
     
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    Really any of the Big 5 in Utah (Arches, Bryce, Capital Reed, Canyonlands and Zion). Other great State Parks in Utah include: Dead Horse Point and Goblin Valley. Yellowstone and Glacier can offer some great opportunities as well. Wapiti campground between Cody, Wyoming and the East gate of Yellowstone was one of the darkest places I've been to. Here is a map that is very useful on this type of thing: https://darksitefinder.com/maps/world.html#4/39.00/-98.00
     
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    Another spot to consider is Calhoun County Park in WV. It's a large county park with skies that can rival Cherry Springs. The county is actively courting astronomers and is hoping to apply for dark sky park status in the future. Another decent one is the John Glenn Astronomy Park at Hocking Hills. You can't camp in the astronomy park, but it's just minutes down the road from the Old Man's Cave campground at Hocking Hills State Park.

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