Many Zion visitors like to stay for sunset to catch some final photos of Zion’s cliffs glowing vivid orange in the late day sun. Then, as the last light fades from the sky, a steady stream of cars files out of the park as visitors head home or on to their next destination. But for those few who stay later or spend the night in one of Zion’s campgrounds, an entirely different and memorable Zion experience awaits: the dark night sky, filled with thousands of stars, above the jagged silhouette of cliffs.
Zion is a great place to re-connect with the night sky, or maybe even get your first view of the Milky Way. Zion protects this dark sky resource for future generations by not lighting up the night. But this means that after sunset, the park is very dark! Be prepared!
Staying for sunset in the park? Interested in stargazing in Zion? Have a safe and enjoyable experience by following the tips below:
Good locations for sunset and stargazing:
Learn more about the night sky in your national parks.
Visit other International Dark Sky Parks.
See what Zion is doing to preserve dark night skies.
See what you can do to protect night skies in your own home and community.
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Last updated: June 2, 2021