Lightscape & Night Sky

View of the Milky Way and dark sky over Parashant.

"Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too truly to be fearful of the night."

~ Sarah Williams ~

View of the night sky and Milky Way over Mount Dellenbaugh.


Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument remains one of the most remote areas in the contiguous United States. The monument and surrounding geographic region are recognized for remarkable combinations of high elevation plateaus, excellent air quality, sparse population, and prevalent cloud-free weather all of which provide for some of the best opportunities to visually observe and enjoy dark night skies.

Natural darkness and dark night skies are important resources and recognized monument objects of Parashant. Dark night skies are a rapidly disappearing resource around the world as inefficient and ineffective light sources increase. By working with the National Park Service Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative, the monument was able to produce an inventory of the existing night sky conditions and obtain a Gold-tier status from the International Dark-Sky Association. Data from this inventory and future studies will be used for future monitoring on the monument.

View of the Milky Way with red rocks lit up in the foreground.
Skywatching Tips from NASA

Skywatching tips, monthly highlights, a daily guide, and additional information provided by NASA.

New logo of the International Dark Sky Association, a purple circle dotted with stars.
International Dark Sky Places

The International Dark Sky Places conservation program recognizes and promotes excellent stewardship of the night sky.

Dark sky over Parashant with the first stars starting to appear in the night sky.
Parashant Air Quality

Clean air is critical for clear views of scenery, historic landscapes, and the night sky.

View of the night sky over the monument via a webcam.
Twin Point | Dark Sky View

Timelapse view of the night sky from Twin Point.

View of the milky way over the monument.
Black Mountain | Dark Sky View

Timelapse view of the night sky from Black Mountain.

View of the Milky Way over the rocky landscape of Whitmore Point.
NASA Night Sky Planner

Planning resource for astronomy events.

Digital illustration of a junior ranger looking at the night sky through a telescope.
Junior Ranger Night Explorer

A Junior Ranger Night Explorer program, encouraging young park visitors to explore the starry side of their national parks.

View of the night sky over a bunkhouse at the Grand Gulch Mine.
Dark Sky Monitoring Video (8:59)

Along with its wild and remote nature, Parashant displays some of the darkest night skies in the world.

View of the Milky Way and dark sky over Waring Ranch.
Symbol of the National Park Service in the shape of an arrowhead.

National Park Service - Night Skies

Explore these websites to learn more about nature and history in the national parks and the work the National Park Service does with its partners, friends, and neighbors to protect parks and foster stewardship in communities across the United States.
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Last updated: April 5, 2024

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