Dark Skies on a Grand Scale

Enjoy the Dark Sky on a Grand Scale! (But bring a headlamp of flashlight)  While most visitors consider sunset as the end of their day in the park, those who depart before dark miss out on an incredible show: the stary night skies of the Grand Canyon.  Stick around after dark and see the night sky in a way you may never have before.

Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge is responsible for protecting park resources, including the night sky.  Light pollution - excessive and unnecessary artificial light at night - would diminish the views of the stars and impair the habitat of nocturnal wildlife.

To solve this problem Grand Canyon National Park, in partnership wht the Grand Canyon Conservancy, established a light management plan to replace lights with Dark Sky compliant bulbs.  Additionally, light fixtures were modified to prevent light pollution.  The new lamps are now fully shielded, allowing no light to shine up into the sky.  By aiming the light where it is needed, the brightness of each light is reduced, saving on energy use.  The lights have "warm white" LED lamps, which are easier on the eyes and better for wildlife.  These dark sky-friendly lighting features enabled the lodge to balance conveneince and safety of visitors with preservation of natural resources. 

Outdoor lighting at Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge is minimal, and most areas are dark at night.  If you think you may be outdoors on the grounds after sunset, make sure to bring a light, allowing about 10 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness.  Hint:  A red light will help preserve your night vision for maximumenjoyment of the view.

Above all, enjoy the view of the night sky!

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