One of the best places in the entire US to see the stars is none other than the Southwest. If you think you have seen stars before, you are very, very wrong!

Both the South and North Rim of the Grand Canyon are an awesome place to star gaze and watch the night skies. Here you can see different planets as well as different galaxies.

Bryce Canyon also hosts star gazing evenings. The sky is so dark that you can see 7500 stars on a moonless night! The program runs for an hour of a multimedia presentation plus 90 minutes at the telescopes. Check out here for more details on the Night Sky Programs at Bryce: http://www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/astronomyprograms.htm

Sedona has over 300 clear nights a year which makes it a perfect spot to stare up at the night sky. You can always check out different tour companies in the area that offer tours for stargazing or you can trek out on your own! The great thing about this area is that there is little to none light pollution, which makes the skies that much clearer.

Also, Natural Bridges National Monument was the first park in the United States to receive the designation of "International Dark Sky Park,". Visitors can see different phenomena like the Milky Way, meteor showers, and a whole lot of stars!

Check out this list of Certified IDA International Dark Sky Parks: http://darksky.org/idsp/parks/

For an experience you will not soon forget, try a hike out here at night without using a flashlight.  There is so much natural light your eyes actually can see where you are going and what you are doing unaided by a flash light.  

Do any of you have any night sky photos to share? Send them to us, we’d love to see them!