Dinosaur National Monument, UT/CO Awarded ‘International Dark Sky Park’ Status

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Stars fill the sky above the Quarry Exhibit Hall in Dinosaur National Monument. Photo: NPS/Jacob Holgerson

Dinosaur National Monument, on the Utah-Colorado border, has been designated an International Dark Sky Park, meaning its “exceptional quality of natural darkness” make it one of the best places in the world to view the night sky.

Its location near US Highway 40, between Salt Lake City and Denver, puts it within an easy day’s drive of millions of people who can no longer see the Milky Way from their backyards because of increased light pollution.

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Dinosaur National Monument. Credit: SnowBrains

Dinosaur National Monument spans nearly 211,000 acres across high desert peaks and river canyons in northeast Utah and northwest Colorado becomes the 13th Utah location and the fifth in Colorado to earn dark sky designation, joining more than 100 designated dark sky places worldwide. The International Dark-Sky Association also recognized efforts by monument staff to reduce artificial evening light and preserve dark views.

Famous for fossils, the area is also one of the quietest places in the United States.

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