Petrified Forest NP gets international dark-sky park status
If you live on either coast of the United States, it can be hard to truly appreciate night skies devoid of artificial light that blots out the stars overhead. That's what makes places such as Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona so important and so interesting. The lack of artificial light at this park has led the International Dark Sky-Park Association to designate Petrified Forest as an International Dark Sky Park.
An International Dark-Sky Park is a land possessing an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment that is specifically protected for its scientific, natural, educational, cultural heritage, and/or public enjoyment. As such, Petrified Forest National Park joins an exclusive but growing list of certified IDA International Dark-Sky Parks.