Dark Sky Places in NV

List of darkest places in Nevada for stargazing, astrophotography, astrotourism, star parties, and astronomy club events. Often these are national and state parks and forests that are either remote or "protected" against light pollution.

National and state parks often let you stay overnight under the stars, hence their motto - "Half the park is after dark".

Bortle scale for sites is given where known. Also ask your local astronomy club for guidance as they will know the darkest places.

Beaver Dam State Park 2
Black Rock Desert 1
Cathedral Gorge
Death Valley
Echo Canyon State Park 2
Elgin Schoolhouse 2
Galena Creek State Park
Great Basin National Park 1
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Massacre Rim Wildlife Study Area 2
Rye Patch Reservoir 2
Sand Mountain
Sheldon Antelope Refuge 1
Tonapah Star Park
Ward Charcoal Ovens State Park 2
Wild Horse Reservoir State Recreation Area 1

Light Pollution Map w/ Bortle

On the left is a 2019 satellite image of NV showing light pollution from the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center. On the right is a 2015 light pollution map showing sky brightness at the zenith from World Atlas data. Colors correspond approximately to the Bortle scale. Use as a guide to find the darkest sky locations near you.

NV night sky light pollution map