Five Heavenly Spots

Here’s where to go for the best Southwestern stargazing
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1. Natural Bridges International Dark Sky Park

What was once the shore of an ancient sea is now a mecca for stargazing in southeastern Utah. Visitors can camp near the three sandstone bridges that were carved by streams and take in awe-inspiring views of the night sky.

2. Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale

A professional astronomer leads complimentary stargazing talks under the Sonoran sky each week. For a more intimate experience, couples can head out on an after-dark picnic, packed complete with a constellation chart.

3. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Enchanted Rock in Texas’ Hill Country is one of only two state parks to be recognized by the International Dark-Sky Association. Astronomers hold the Enchanted “Rock Star” Party where pros and novices alike come to marvel at what lies above.

4. Lowell Observatory

If you want to level up your stargazing skills, head to Flagstaff, Arizona, where astronomers discovered Pluto from atop the hill in 1930. Join the pros each evening as they open up the telescopes to view the stars.

5. The Little Nell

Head out into the wild with a stargazing Jeep tour. At this boutique hotel in Aspen, Colorado, an adventure concierge and stargazing expert take guests out to see meteor showers, shooting stars and constellations, all while enjoying a little bubbly.