A front row seat to the night sky at New Mexico


A front row seat to the night sky at New Mexico

New Mexico’s Valles Caldera National Preserve has now been awarded an International Dark Sky certification. The Valles Caldera National Preserve, quite simply, has one of the best night sky experiences that one can hope for. The national preserve is known for stellar experiences, and an astronomy-based interpretive programme. Located in New Mexico’s Jemez Mountains, it is a wonderful destination for stargazing and more.

The certificate recognises the Valles Caldera National Preserve as a significant dark night sky destination that is free of light pollution. Moreover, it recognises the national preserve as a place that is also working on energy-efficient sustainable lighting.

The dormant volcano is a spectacular destination to explore and now, with the night sky certificate, it has become even more iconic. The location is known for spectacular views of the Milky Way, constellations, meteor showers, and even planets. Without the light pollution, this place is just like a front row seat to watch celestial bodies.

A front row seat to the night sky at New Mexico

The International Night Sky certification is a step towards public education, and it aims to improve energy efficiency in the national preserve. You can expect events based on astronomy, and the night sky here throughout the year once the Coronavirus situation is under control.

The location that is a dormant volcano site last erupted 1.25 million years ago and is now a fine place for wildlife, and adventure activities. The place can also be visited in the summer months, and you can spot elks here in the wild, alongside coyotes, black bears, and more.

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