By Santa fe County
Explore New Mexico’s Dark Skies
Connect with both earth and sky by experiencing some of America’s premier places for stargazing. Here in New Mexico, you can experience an ancient and authentic adventure in our dark skies, so pull up a telescope and transport yourself into the galaxy.
Why New Mexico is the Best Place for Night Skies
Local photographer Jared Bella shares his collection of night-sky images with Matador Network, showing exactly why New Mexico has the most impressive dark skies in the U.S.
The Cosmic Campground features one of the darkest natural night skies on earth and was the first International Dark Sky Sanctuary designated in the Northern Hemisphere. The distant horizon offers an unobstructed 360° view while the low hills surrounding the site obstruct unnatural light.