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Dark Sky Preserves

  • Lay out a blanket, adjust your eyes to the dark and enjoy incredible, star-filled views. Michigan is lucky to play host to both dark sky preserves and parks that offer stellar celestial landscapes. These locations are specially designated because they have qualities that complement nighttime viewing, such as the ability to limit the amount of artificial light. Let the Milky Way, meteor showers and other night sky views be the star of your next outdoor adventure!

    Dark sky preserves located in six state parks

    * To take full advantage of your night sky experience, make a camping reservation at MiDNRReservations.com.

    Two internationally designated dark sky parks

    Other stargazing oppportunities

    There are plenty of excellent night-sky viewing opportunities across more than 15,000 square miles in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Meteors 'n Smores

  • Due to COVID-19 operational procedures and protocols designed to protect the health and safety of visitors, volunteers and staff, the annual meteors and s’mores programming will not take place this year. Although programming will be paused this year, you’re still invited to catch magnificent views of the Perseid meteor shower (Aug. 8-15, 2020) virtually.

    The Perseid meteor shower is one of the best opportunities to see shooting stars with the naked eye. Grab your blankets, bug spray and snacks and enjoy a night of stargazing in the comfort of your campsite, backyard or dark sky preserve. To keep the tradition going, don't forget to enjoy a s’more. Find new (and unique) s’more recipes ideas.

    Additional Perseid meteor shower info:

International Dark Sky Week

  • International Dark Sky Week will take place April 19-26, 2020, and will offer plenty of opportunities for stargazing and views of the night sky. Our six dark sky preserves will stay open late for self-guided viewing. Please call ahead for individual park hours.

Upcoming Dark Sky Events