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New Mexico Stargazing

Our state claims nine of the 201 certified Dark Sky Places worldwide, including seven Dark Sky Parks and the first-ever Urban Night Sky Place (Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, near Albuquerque). While 80 percent of people in the U.S. live in places where artificial light and murky air drown out most constellations, New Mexicans need only venture as far as our own backyards to see the Milky Way.

Here’s where you’ll find New Mexico’s Dark Sky Places.

By Jennifer C. Olson

Follow these tips for a great view after sundown.

By Jennifer C. Olson

Outdoors / Jun. 16, 2021

Starry Nights

Breathe it in. June nights provide a gateway to the wonders of our night skies.

Culture / Apr. 02, 2019

Our Stars Rule

Protecting ancient ruins—and the night sky.

Travel / May. 20, 2020

Seek Starry Skies And Big Feet

Clayton Lake State Park offers amazing dark skies and footprints left by dinosaurs millions of years ago.