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Rockport State Park (U.S.)

Dark Sky over Rockport State Park photo by Shelby Stock

Milky Way over Rockport State Park photo by Shelby Stock.

Designated

2021

Category

International Dark Sky Park

Address

9040 UT-302, Peoa, UT 84061
USA

Contact

Justina Parsons-Bernstein, PhD
Eric Bradshaw, Park Manager
Website
Tel.: +1(435)336-2241

Land Area

4.8 km2

Documents

Application
Press Release

About

Rockport State Park sits at a base elevation 6,000 feet above sea level in a narrow rural valley nestled between two of northern Utah’s most remarkable mountain ranges: the Wasatch Mountains and Uinta Mountains. . These landforms create a protective halo that blocks out light pollution from the urban area on the west side of the Wasatch Range. For many years, Rockport State Park has been engaging visitors in educational programming that promotes comprehension of the benefits of natural night skies. The most popular recurring interpretive program is the Scorpion Walk and Star Talk presentation given by Rockport park staff. This program includes information about the best dark sky practices and the importance of dark skies for scorpions, bats, owls, and other nocturnal species that call this park home. 

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