Dark Skies

Dark Skies

Stargazing in Yellowstone Country

Your outdoor adventure doesn't have to end when the sun goes down. Montana’s big sky is incredible by day and star-studded by night. Under clear skies, the Milky Way, and even the northern lights, can be seen by the naked eye. All you need to do is look up to experience a mind-blowing display of constellations, galaxies, planets and nebulae. Though the lack of light pollution in Montana makes for dark skies throughout the state, some areas are better than others for stargazing. Here are a few spots you'll find celestially stunning.

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

America's first national park is working towards becoming a "Dark Sky Park"—an International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) designation. You can stargaze anywhere in Yellowstone National Park, but popular spots include Mount Washburn, Upper Geyser Basin (Old Faithful and Castle Geyser), Mammoth Hot Springs, Lamar Valley, Swan Lake Flat and Hayden Valley.

HYALITE CANYON

Just outside Bozeman, Hyalite Canyon—especially by the reservoir—is secluded enough from town to make for excellent stargazing. Pitch a tent and discover the epitome of camping out under the stars.

BEARTOOTH PASS OVERLOOK

One of the most beautiful drives in America makes an excellent spot for summer stargazing. Drive this stunning stretch of switchbacks and towering peaks at sunset and stop at the pass as night falls for unobstructed views of the Milky Way.

Stargazing Tips

Organized Stargazing Activities and Night-Sky Programs in Yellowstone Country

Check out the Stars Over Yellowstone summer astronomy programs offered by the National Park Service and Museum of the Rockies.

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