This post was originally published on August 26, 2020. It has been updated for comprehensiveness and accuracy.
Looking for a remote getaway where you can relax, unwind, and kick back to enjoy a clear night sky? There are plenty of campgrounds for stargazing fans that are the the perfect opportunity to escape the city lights to take in the stars. Stargazers know that the skies above are always active, with shooting stars, planetary cameos, and the orbiting ISS. Anytime is the perfect time to look up and take in the magic, and where better to stargaze than from a remote campground?
The Best Campgrounds for Stargazing in North America
From the Red Cliffs of Utah to world-famous lakes in Maine, we’re sharing five remote camping destinations that are perfect for stargazing.
1: Dark Sky RV Campground – Kanab, UT
The name says it all. Located on 40 acres of untouched sagebrush, these spacious campsites offer incredible sunrises and sunsets and the darkest skies in Southern Utah. When it comes to campgrounds for stargazing, this campground is perfect for Utah adventures with close access to Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Vermillion Cliffs National Monument.
2: Roadrunner Travelers Campground – Terlingua, TX
Located near Big Bend National Park, this campground is a paradise for explorers, travelers, and adventurers, but you don’t have to leave the campground for great views. Situated on 40 acres within the Terlingua Dark Skies Region, this campground provides excellent conditions for stargazing with a spectacular view of the nearby Bee Mountain.
3. Two Lakes Camping Area – Oxford, ME
Two Lakes Camping Area offers a chance to add water activities to your stargazing adventure. Enjoy the remote wilderness of Maine with access to two enormous ponds. 177-acre Hogan Pond and 147-acre Whitney Pond both offer the chance to spend a fun-filled day with your family and friends on the beach or in the water before a night of galactic exploration. This campgrounds also hosts weekly themed activities and access to fire rings and picnic tables.
4: Sun Outdoors Rocky Mountains – Granby, CO
Vacation where sky meets land. Where foot meets the trail, and eyes greet every sunset in anticipation for a starry night. Sun Outdoors Rocky Mountains offers a variety of RV sites, tent sites, and vacation rentals. This campground also offers easy access to the Colorado River, Lake Granby, Rocky Mountain National Park, and more!
5: Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort: Golden Valley – Bostic, NC
This picturesque camp-resort sits on 600+ acres with accommodations including luxury cabins and lodges with all the comforts of home, full hook-up RV sites, glamping tents with lake views, and premium tent sites. Here campers can spend the day enjoying an unparalleled line-up of amenities and the night outdoors gazing upwards towards the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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Photo credit in order of appearance: Dark Sky RV Campground, Road Runner Travelers Campground, Two Lakes Camping Area, Sun Outdoors Rocky Mountains, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort: Golden Valley.