Stargazing in Sedona Arizona

Stargazing in Sedona Arizona

Stargazing!  Unless visitors look to the night skies, however, they might miss one of the city’s biggest attractions—the unobstructed views of the heavens. The night skies over Sedona are so exceptional for stargazing, in fact, that the city was awarded the prestigious Dark Sky Community designation by the International Dark-Sky Association in 2014.

The reward for visitors for Sedona’s intentional steps to avoid light pollution is the ability to view stars, planets and constellations not visible from most other locations. There are several locations for star gazing such as Baldwin Trail, Marg’s Draw, and Turkey Creek.

Stargazing in Sedona

Stargazing in Sedona

Stargazing!  Unless visitors look to the night skies, however, they might miss one of the city’s biggest attractions—the unobstructed views of the heavens. The night skies over Sedona are so exceptional for stargazing, in fact, that the city was awarded the prestigious Dark Sky Community designation by the International Dark-Sky Association in 2014.

Sedona is arguably one of the best communities in the world for stargazing, as it is one of only 20 certified Dark Sky Communities in the world. The city has made conscientious efforts to reduce light pollution, from low-lumen lighting to properly hooded and directed light fixtures. If you go stargazing in or around Sedona, you’ll notice that there’s substantially less light pollution than other cities.

Combine this with the iconic red rocks surrounding you and Sedona is a stargazing haven – and a dream destination for astrophotographers. (Need astrophotography tips? We got ’em!)

To go stargazing in Sedona (and to get to Sedona), you’ll need a car. Make sure you give yourself enough time to arrive at your stargazing location, turn off your car, and let your eyes adjust. Depending on where you go, you may also need a Red Rocks Pass to park in certain areas.

The reward for visitors for Sedona’s intentional steps to avoid light pollution is the ability to view stars, planets and constellations not visible from most other locations. There are several locations for star gazing such as Baldwin Trail, Marg’s Draw, and Turkey Creek.