On our first night in Moab we made the journey down to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. This is a sparsely populated area of the park and considered back country. There are no towns nearby, few houses and consequently, no light pollution.
These are some of the darkest skies in the country. It just so happens that our visit coincided with the Perseid Meteor Shower.
We found a place to park, spread our blankets on the ground and feasted on peanut butter sandwiches and cherries while enjoying the show in the sky.
We had some really good meals but this was the finest one of the trip.
We rested for a few restless hours in the car (ahem, next to a sign that said “No camping”) and were up at daybreak in time to see the sun rise.
I took no pictures of the night sky, choosing to just enjoy the experience rather than feel frustrated because my pictures were no good. But I did take a lot of the sun coming up.
Isn’t it spectacular?