Night Sky Places

The night sky has inspired generations to look up in wonder above. Imagine what the night sky must have looked like to the expedition members that camped each night. How many stars were visible? What constellations did they see? What did they wonder?

Today, there are remaining night skies along the Anza Trail, if you know where to look!

Where to Stargaze

Borrego Springs, CA

A certified Dark Sky Community, International Dark Sky Association. Borrego Springs is a great base to visit Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. Coordinate your visit with the annual wildflower bloon to see stunning landscapes both day and night! The Anza Recreation Trail follows Coyote Canyon through Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

A certified Dark Sky Park, International Dark Sky Association. Dramatic desert landscapes are exaggerated by the light of the stars. Follow the historic corridor along the recreation trail, find historic monuments marking the expedition campsite, and experience the California desert landscape similar to that which the expedition would have experienced. Learn more about Anza Trail resources at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

Sonoran Desert National Monument

The historic corridor and recreation trail traverse this BLM managed land west of Phoenix, Arizona. It's far enough away to experience the night sky but close enough to be a quick trip from Phoenix. See the night sky above designated wilderness and saguaro forest in the open desert landscape.

Last updated: April 9, 2018

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