Because it’s so far out in the Utah desert, and because Natural Bridges National Monument makes it a priority, its skies are the cleanest from light pollution in the contiguous 48 states. In 2007 the park became the first International Dark Sky Park. . It’s a park that’s a bit off the beaten path too. So if you’re looking for dark skies and chance to see the Milky Way unobstructed, Natural Bridges is the place.
The monument has three major bridges that were formed when a river bending back on itself carved a channel through the rock. There are also petroglyphs from the Ancient Puebloan times. Here’s a few images I made several weeks back.
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