The Stars Of The Show at Chaco Canyon
Since 1993, the park has identified the night sky as an important natural resource to protect and is working to reduce the threat of urban light pollution in the Southwest. This led to the creation of Chaco Canyon Dark Sky Park, a national park with the goal of reducing light pollution in the sky in Arizona, California and New Mexico. The Chaco Culture National Historical Park is the twelfth park in the world to receive this designation, and the first in the United States. The National Park Service (NPS) manages Canyonlands National Park, while Hovenweep National Monument was named International Dark Sky Park in 2014. In 2007, the National Bridges National Monument was named National Historic Landmark of the Year for its exceptional natural beauty and historical significance. The three parks in southeastern Utah provide special protection for the darkest skies in the United States. In 2012, America's first Dark Sky Cooperative was established to minimize the impact of outdoor lighting and ultimately restore natural darkness to the area. The DarkSky Cooperative promotes a community-based approach to solving today's land management problems. Celebrate your view of the cosmos with Chaco Culture Dark Sky Park and Hovenweep National Monument. Chaco is the fourth unit in the national park system to receive this designation, making it one of the best places to experience and enjoy natural darkness in this country. According to the park's website, the International Dark Sky Association found that more than 99 percent of all parks are located on or near the highest dark sky in their respective areas. The Chaco Culture National Historical Park was designated an International Dark Sky Park by the U.S. Department of the Interior's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in August 2013. According to the Tucson-based International Dark Sky Association (IDA), more than 1,000 parks in the United States have been designated as International Dark Sky Parks since their inception in 1996. Clayton Lake received the IDA designation in 2010 and has maintained a public observatory since 2006. In 1998, the park opened its on-site observatories for public use, and Clayton Lake has received and regained IDA designations since 2010. The Big Bend National Park was recognized in 2012 by the International Dark Sky Association as one of the best measured dark skies in the United States. More than 1,000 square miles of Chaco Canyon can see the Milky Way on a clear night, compared to just a few hundred in most cities. The Chaco Culture Historical Park is one of the most important cultural sites in the USA, and the culture is an increasingly rare treasure trove of dark nights that provide an excellent view of our night sky. In 1993, the park set out to preserve the night sky as an important natural resource, and it has just become one of only a dozen Dark Sky Parks recognized around the world. Note: The park has adopted strict lighting guidelines, including the use of dark skies - friendly lighting, both now and in the future, to ensure that we do our part to preserve our natural resources natural and untouched for future generations. On August 19, 2013, the Chaco Canyon National Historical Park was officially declared a Dark Sky Park by the International Dark - Sky Association. The park's commitment to reducing light pollution and the efforts of the National Park Service led to its certification. Park ranger J.B. gives a talk at the Dark Sky Park of Chaco Canyon National Historical Park on August 19, 2013. There is a lot of natural light pollution in the area, and Chaco is taking advantage of this. Astronomy programs in the park have been initiated by the National Park Service and the U.S. Geological Survey, as well as local astronomy clubs. Rangers guide the eye on a galactic journey through the lens of a telescope, and rangers from the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Park Service grant free access to their telescopes. Camping is possible, but if you prefer to camp here when the moon is full, you can avoid camping here when it is full and camp in the dark. Chaco Canyon is the fourth darkest park in the US, but you can go online to find out where to find the 10 darkest skies both in the US and internationally. Dead Horse State Park is one of the most popular Dark Sky Parks in New Mexico, attracting 1.5 million visitors a year. Arches National Park is not an official IDA Dark Sky Park, but it still has stargazing and astronomy programs. This program focuses on Chaco Canyon activities and links to national archaeology and night sky programs. A variety of programs are held throughout the year, from telescope tours to astronomy courses, astronomy workshops and even astronomy parties. In 2016, the park was declared a DarkSky Park by the International Dark Sky Association (IDA), the national organization of the US Department of the Interior.