For most people, Las Vegas is a city of colors, cuisine, and vibrant and exciting destinations. But for some people, Las Vegas is attractive because of its nightlife scenes and stargazing. If you are reading this post, then maybe you love to stargaze and look for the best places where you can enjoy seeing the night stars.
Here is the list of the best places where you can see the best night stars. If you really want to enjoy them, rent one of our camper vans and sleep under the stars in style!
Exploration Peak Park
This ‘mountain’ is more of a mound. Within the city limits, it’s 2846ft tall and full of playgrounds, watery play areas, and walking trails. It’s great to go there if you want to go hiking in the daytime and stargazing at night. You can get a fantastic view of the sky at the top of this mountain, but know that the easy access is a trade-off for great stars. You’ll get an incredible view of the city… but the city light pollution drowns out the stars.
Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary
This is one of the best places to escape from the crowded city and find stargazing opportunities. Gilcrease nature sanctuary is primarily a home for rescued animals and birds, but it is also one of the best places for seeing the night stars.
Desert Bloom Park
Desert Bloom Park has everything for entertainment. It has playgrounds, basketball courts, picnic areas, walking trails, and many more. It is located far from the city, which makes it the perfect place to provide some good stargazing opportunities. Desert Bloom Park is the best place for kids to play during the daytime while waiting for the sun to go down and the stars to shine.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
This area is outside Las Vegas, within a drive of one hour. The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is in the middle of a desert. The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is surrounded by mountains which enhances its beauty. It’s the best place to go for stargazing around Las Vegas and provides beautiful opportunities to see the night sky. Arrive here a few hours early and drive the scenic route around the canyon for the fantastic views and photography opportunities.
Frenchman Mountain is 4.4 miles high, which makes it perfect for stargazing. It provides you best spot to see and enjoy the view of the night sky. Also, be careful when hiking up to this mountain, you should be aware of the risks if you are thinking to go on this mountain, especially at night.
This mountain is located to the east of Las Vegas. It stands 3.3 miles high which provides a perfect view of stargazing. People, who go there to try stargazing, find this hike well worth the effort. The perfect thing about this mountain is it has a high altitude and isolation from the city, which means you can get an amazing view of the night stars when you are on top of this mountain.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
This lake covers almost 1.5 million acres. It contains different wilderness areas and is a popular spot for fishing, boating, and swimming. You can find plenty of nice, dark areas here for observing the night stars.
Desert National Wildlife Refuge
Desert national wildlife refuge covers almost 1.6 million acres, making it the biggest wildlife refuge in the United States. It is famous for different variety of wildlife especially bighorn sheep. It’s located in the Mojave Desert. You can go here and you will find many fantastic places to see the stars at night.
Pioneer saloon is the charming saloon that has been set for several Hollywood movies. It’s a bit expensive but this is the perfect place as you get here not only access to 18 telescopes but also a guide who can give information about everything you need to know. Also, you get amazing food here and an amazing atmosphere. Remember to make a reservation for the telescope early.
Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
This mountain is located next to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. This place is famous for frequent meetings place here for the Las Vegas Astronomical Society. During this period you have access to the art of equipment and experts that can answer your queries.
Pinto Valley Wilderness
Pinto Valley Wilderness is about one hour drive outside Las Vegas. This valley is far from the blazon g lights of the vegas. There are numerous hikes and canyons to explore, and at night you can enjoy the best view of shining stars. So if you want to spend quality time stargazing, this is one of the best places. If needed you can use Las Vegas Camper Van rental to reach here and enjoy your time..
Valley of Fire State Park
It not only provides the best spot for stargazing but also petrified trees, limestone outcrops, and petroglyphs. Valley of Fire state park is located just 1-2 hours from Las Vegas. Don’t worry if you don’t have your vehicle. You can use Las Vages Camper Van rentals. It is worth exploring during the day and at night. This area is full of red rock formation, sedimentary layers, and erosion. There are also more than 20 hiking trails from easy to challenging. When the sun sets down, the rock formation provides the perfect foreground to enjoy the stars whirling overhead.
Death Valley National Park
This park is the largest sky park in the United States. Also, it is considered as Gold tier, the highest level that a dark sky park attains. There are many stargazing events held all over the year by the Las Vegas Astronomical Society.
You will get an up-close look at the stars from the peak of Mt Charleston. You enjoy here simple hike. Three are restaurants available and you can enjoy food once you reach the top. On the top of Mt. Charleston Lodge, the weather is also much more comfortable than in the valley below, making stargazing more comfortable and full of enjoyment. Air is unpolluted and nights are crystal clear.
These are the best places where you can spend your time and enjoy it fully. No doubt, Stargazing in Los Vegas is difficult because this is one of the brightest cities in the United States. But fortunately, you don’t have to go too far to see night stars.
Las Vegas is surrounded by desert, you can go to dessert and see night stars at any time of the year.
Almost every night, weather is clear. However, in the winter season, you may need to bring extra layers to combat how much the temperature falls when the sun goes down. If you wait for the new moon, this will also make your experience best.