In a galaxy

Far, Far Away

America's public lands at night

After the sun goes down, America’s public lands come alive. As some of the last harbors of dark skies, national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands provide visitors with unspoiled views for the starry night above. Cover photo of Rocky Mountain National Park by Pat Gaines. Above photo of Arches National Park by Manish Mamtani.

The Sonoran Desert National Monument in Arizona by Bob Wick (BLM).

Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah by Jacob W. Frank, National Park Service.

In some areas, it’s possible to see up to 15,000 stars twinkling throughout the night -- a sight that many don’t get to experience until they visit public lands at night. Spend a night stargazing on public lands and see star clusters, galaxies and nebulae. Watch the Milky Way dance across the sky. Photo by Beau Johnson.

Zion National Park in Utah by Kim Resleff. Pervious photo of Great Basin National Park (Nevada) by National Park Service.

Starry night sky above iconic Joshua Trees at Joshua Tree National Park. Photo by Karen Seargeant. Previous photo of California Coastal National Monument by Bob Wick (BLM).

Celebrate the pristine dark skies on America’s public lands all this week as part of International Dark Sky Week. Pervious photo of Arches National Park by Jacob W. Frank (@jwfphotography). #nationalparks #seewhatisee #stelleradventure #action #nightphotography #MilkyWay #starrynights