The Milky Way is seen in the dark sky over Mitten Park in Dinosaur National Monument. Photo: Dan Duriscoe/National Park Service

Dark sky parks are areas where the night sky is protected from artificial light pollution. They’re stunning spots to star gaze and luckily for folks living in the United States we just got 3 new parks! The International Dark-Sky Association recently designated Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Dinosaur National Monument and Tonto National Monument as International Dark Sky Parks for the quality of their dark night skies. Those locations join 115 certified International Dark Sky places worldwide, and you can find them all on this interactive map.

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