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10 Great Camping Spots for Star Gazing


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Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
You can see thousands of stars in the sky at Bryce Canyon National Park.
You can see thousands of stars in the sky at Bryce Canyon National Park.
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Want to see 10,000 stars twinkling in an inky sky? It's possible at Bryce Canyon National Park, where you can see 7,500 to 10,000 stars on clear, moonless nights. Bryce Canyon, which sits in southern Utah, is best known for its spectacularly beautiful reddish "hoodoos," which are limestones, sandstones and mudstones eroded over time into fancifully shaped spires, pinnacles and mazes. But it's also considered one of the best stargazing spots left [source: Parks and Campgrounds].

A group called the Dark Rangers has established a vibrant astronomy and night sky program at the park that attracts 100 to 300 people each night. The Rangers assist guests in enjoying the nightly celestial show through multimedia presentations, free use of 40 telescopes scattered around the park and guided trips. The park also hosts an annual astronomy festival [source: Sibal].

Camping options at the park include Bryce Canyon National Park North and Sunset Campgrounds, both of which are near the visitor center.


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