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Fremont Indian State Park (U.S.)

Fremont Indian Dark Skies

Milky Way over Fremont Indian State Park by Ryan Andreasen

Designated

2021

Category

International Dark Sky Park

Address

3820 Clear Creek Canyon Rd
Sevier, UT 84766
USA

Contact

Justina Parsons-Bernstein, PhD
Website
Tel.: +1(435)527-4631

Land Area

4 km2

Documents

Application
Press Release

About

Established in 1987, Fremont Indian State Park encompasses 1,200 acres of land within Clear Creek Canyon at the juncture of the Great Basin and the Colorado Plateau. The canyon and surrounding mountains serve as extremely effective light pollution buffers for the park. The ancient residents lived in the area from about 400 A.D. to 1350 A.D. left behind unique structures, figurines, tools, pottery, baskets, textiles, jewelry, and other artifacts. These former inhabitants also carved and painted thousands of intricate images on the canyon walls. Many of these panels portray celestial bodies and appear to record Fremont’s seasonal interactions with astronomical phenomena. Since its founding, the park has hosted astronomical events such as star parties, “Astrofests,” and archaeoastronomical observances. In early 2016, park staff made the decision to incorporate dark sky stewardship and interpretation into their operations and public education offerings.

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