June 4, 2017  Cosmic Campground Day

Travel and Leisure May 23, 2017

Talia Avakian

Timelapse filmmakers Harun Mehmedinovic and Gavin Heffernan have spent three years traveling to more than 500 locations to capture the magnificence of the last truly dark skies.

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 Where to find the darkest skies in the U.S. for serious stargazing

Before teaming up to shoot at night, the two had not realized how big of a problem light pollution was. They decided to use their narrative filmmaking and storytelling skills to raise awareness, teaming up with the International Dark Sky Association, and using data from amateur astronomers and light pollution metrics from the National Park Service. The pair also released a book with all the dark sky locations they visited.

Related: The best national park in every U.S. state

“We found that in a lot of the towns and spaces we went to, the night sky is becoming a tourist attraction itself as it becomes more and more rare to see the Milky Way and these sights from the city,” Mehmedinovic told Travel + Leisure.

For those in search of galactic views, here are 13 destinations to add to your list.

DCHIEFTON March 12 2017

3 comets in one night at Cosmic Campground International Dark Sky Sanctuary

Discover Socorro and Surrounding Areas  February 2017

was published by El Defensor Chieftain Socorro New Mexico.

10,000 copies are being distributed through out New Mexico.

The Catron County was paid for by the Catron County Commission who values dark sky tourism.  Below is the description of Catron County:

PRI'S The World August 1, 2016

"A place where the stars are so bright you can see your shadow by starlight"

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August 01, 2016 · 11:00 AM EDT
By Mónica Ortiz Uribe

 Cosmic Campground 
lies just off a two-lane highway in New Mexico's largest and mostly rural county, where traffic lights don't exist and the US Census counts half a person per square mile.

Time Magazine May 30, 2016

New Mexico Magazine June 2016 Best Star Gazing Spots

Silver City Daily Press January 25, 2016

Campground named first ‘dark sky’ site in U.S.

January 26, 2016 Silver City Sun News