Kodachrome Basin State Park (U.S.)

Kodachrome Dark Sky

Milky Way Over Kodachrome Basin State Park photo by Ryan Andreasen.

Kodachrome Map

Designated

2021

Category

International Dark Sky Park

Address

Cannonville, UT 84718
USA

Contact

Justina Parsons-Bernstein, PhD
Website
Tel.: +1(435)679-8562

Land Area

9.1 km2

Documents

Application
Announcement
Annual Reports

About

Kodachrome Basin State Park is nestled in a secluded valley surrounded by apricot-tinted cliffs. Due to its geographical remoteness, superb air quality, high elevation, low humidity, and distance from urban areas, the park harbors one of the darkest areas remaining in the continental United States. Exquisite detail in the Milky Way can be observed with the naked eye from Kodachrome Basin. Depending on the season, the Orion Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Hercules Globular Star Cluster M13, meteor transits, near-Earth planets, and seasonal constellations can also be viewed with the unaided eye. Kodachrome staff and volunteers offer interpretive astronomy events multiple times per year. Visitors are provided the opportunity to learn about the cosmos, gaze through telescopes at deep-sky objects, partake in constellation laser tours, and be informed about light pollution mitigation practices and the benefits of natural dark skies. 

Weather

Click here to find ideal environmental conditions for viewing the night sky at Kodachrome Basin State Park (37.5176, -111.9934). Don’t forget to plan your trip during the new moon and astronomical twilight to enhance the viewing experience!

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