In recognition of the partnership of federal, state, and local agencies, as well as Utah’s recreation, tourism, and education sectors, which make night sky opportunities in our state available for all to enjoy, Utah Governor Spencer J. Cox has declared April 2021 as Utah Dark Sky Month.
Stargazing, astronomy programs, star parties, dark sky photography and many other activities allow Utah residents and visitors to enjoy the physical and emotional benefits of the night sky. Dark skies are integral to the well-being of many animal and plant species, and they have positive health impacts on humans. The astrotourism industry is anticipated to generate nearly $6 billion and support more than 113,000 new jobs in the American Southwest over the next decade. The implementation of dark sky practices in land use, construction, utilities, and other aspects of community life actively promotes local governance, reduces energy-costs, and preserves Utah’s Western lifestyle.
Celebrate this special month by visiting several of Utah’s accredited International Dark Sky places. The city of Moab is centrally located to three of Utah’s most spectacular dark sky places – Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Dead Horse Point State Park.
The public lands surrounding Moab have some of the darkest skies remaining in the contiguous 48 United States. As few as one in ten Americans live in an area where they can see the estimated 2,500 stars that should be visible under normal conditions. Every visit to Moab should include some time under the stars.