Death Valley is a Gold Tier Dark Sky National Park
Death Valley National Park is designated as the largest Dark Sky National Park in the country by the International Dark Sky Association. The Oasis at Death Valley, alongside the National Park Service, has taken measures to greatly minimize light pollution in the area. Because of this, the park is designated as a “Gold Tier” Dark Sky Park, the highest level awarded.
Located 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas and 295 miles northeast of Los Angeles, Furnace Creek is distant enough from the major cities in the Southwest to provide unobstructed view of the night’s sky, yet close enough for city dwellers to escape for the weekend.
During the winter and spring months, Death Valley National Park rangers hold stargazing events with various astronomy organizations, but the beautiful dark skies are an attraction for astronomy enthusiasts year-round.
Observers can join the Las Vegas Astronomical Society for a complimentary Star Party at the Ranch at Death Valley when they are held. When these events occur, the “Tonight’s Sky” tour begins at 8 p.m. Parking is available at the Golf Course. Astronomers bringing telescopes please contact the LVAS for details. In addition to the night sky observations, join the LVAS for daytime viewing of the sun from the General Store patio. For a schedule of the Las Vegas Astronomical Society’s events please consult their calendar of events here.