Did you know that Utah has the highest concentration of Dark Sky parks and communities than any other state? It is true, not only is our region great for daytime adventures, it is an awesome place to be after dark too!

The International Dark Sky Places conservation program was founded twenty years ago to encourage communities, parks and protected areas around the world to preserve and protect dark skies. To be designated as a dark sky community or park means that demonstrate community support for the program and that you practice responsible lighting to ensure that there is minimal light pollution. The result is a magnificent view of the star-scape that naturally lights the night sky.

The city of Helper is a designated International Dark Sky Community, with an active volunteer group that hosts astronomy programs and special events in the area. Tourists can join public events or head out to some of the popular star-gazing locations to enjoy the view on their own.

A couple hours south of the Corridor is Goblin Valley State Park, which is a designated International Dark Sky Park known for its night skies that make for a stunning backdrop to the impressive rock goblins that can be found throughout the park. Photographers come from far and wide to capture long-exposure shots on clear nights.


If you want to learn more about stargazing in Utah, check out this article https://www.visitutah.com/articles/how-to-stargaze.


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Helper - An International Dark Sky Community
Designated in 2019, Helper is one of the few designated dark sky communities.

Goblin Valley State Park
This popular state park is located a few hours south of the Corridor, and is well worth a visit!