This was just announced by Cedar Breaks National Monument. See the full news release here.
Contact:Zach Schierl - Education Specialist & Dark Skies Coordinator, 435-586-9451 x4429Cedar Breaks National Monument and the International Dark Sky Association (IDA)are excited to announce the designation of Cedar Breaks as an International Dark Sky Park. This distinction recognizes Cedar Breaks as a sanctuary of natural darkness and for the opportunity it provides visitors to enjoy the night sky.
Cedar Breaks, about 30 minutes east of Cedar City, UT, is far enough from city lights to offer a clear view of the heavens, yet close enough to cities along the I-15 corridor (such as Las Vegas, St. George & Salt Lake City) to give millions of people the opportunity to experience a dark night sky close to home. This combination has made Cedar Breaks a rapidly growing destination for travelers and local residents looking to enjoy a dark night sky. In the summer months, Cedar Breaks hosts popular ranger-led stargazing programs, the highest such programs in the national park system at 10,350 feet.
Cedar Breaks is the 16thof the 417 National Park Service (NPS) units to be designated as an International Dark Sky Park, and the first in southwestern Utah. “We are proud to welcome Cedar Breaks into the IDA Dark Sky Places family today,” said IDA Executive Director J. Scott Feierabend. “We celebrate the National Monument for the great things it continues to do in promoting the preservation of dark skies not only at the park, but also across southern Utah.”