Joshua Tree NP latest to garner International Dark Sky Park designation

After one of the most complex nominations seen by the International Dark-Sky Association, Joshua Tree National Park – with more than 20 million people of Southern California within an afternoon drive – was designated an International Dark Sky Park at a ceremony earlier this month.

“There is nothing more magical than to leave the hustle and bustle of Southern California after a busy week, come into the park, and take in the gift of dark skies,” Joshua Tree Superintendent David Smith said. “Camping in the backcountry of Joshua Tree, you can watch the Milky Way overhead. For so many of our visitors, national parks are where they come to discover the night.”

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