Drive the Starry-est Route

Park to Park in the Dark officially launched this week! A route that connects two international Dark Sky Parks- Great Basin National Park and Death Valley, and 5 rural towns. The new tourism route supports Nevada’s efforts to preserve its dark skies and promote nighttime outdoor recreation. The route, created by a dedicated team of individuals and organizations, including Great Basin National Park Foundation, presents a stellar model of collaboration and partnerships with tourism and recreation boards, chambers of commerce, non-profit organizations, land management agencies, and the national park service. 

With its basin-and-range topography, and wide open spaces free of light pollution, rural Nevada is well-positioned to become a national leader in dark sky tourism. Creating an economy around dark sky tourism will help to protect these amazing skies. “I look forward to working with local and rural communities to solidify Nevada as a world-class dark sky destination to bolster the economy while bringing an additional form of responsible and sustainable tourism to the state,” said Colin Robertson, Administrator of the Nevada Division of Outdoor Recreation.

Meteor shower behind an ancient bristlecone pine in Great Basin National Park. Photo: Kelly Carroll