Chaco Culture National Historical Park was certified as an International Dark-Sky Park in 2013.
Chaco has long been considered by many night sky enthusiasts to be one of the best places in America to stargaze. Today, amidst this ancient landscape, visitors can experience the same dark sky that the Chacoans observed a thousand years ago.
The protection of dark night skies is a priority at Chaco not only for the enjoyment of star-gazing visitors but for the natural environment as well.
Nocturnal wildlife relies on darkness for survival, and the natural rhythms of humans and plants depend on an unaltered night sky.
By designating over 99% of the park as a “natural darkness zone”, in which no permanent outdoor lighting exists, Chaco is ensuring the preservation of these nocturnal ecosystems.
Chaco Culture National Historical Park is supported by its member organization, Western National Parks Association.
Photo credit: Time-lapse image of stars circling over Fajada Butte | NPS Photo by B. Davis