A few of us OFLI-ites are visiting the southeast corner of Utah on the cusp of fall, with cooler nights in store, and in the wake of the regional monsoons.
We'll be basing in either Natural Bridges or Hovenweep National Monuments. Both are plenty dark. Both have lots to see and do onsite. And both are close to other areas of natural beauty and/or paleontological and/or archaeological interest. Personally I want to hike Devil's Garden to Dark Angel spire in Arches, False Kiva in Canyonlands and most of the archaeological sites scattered among the canyons that open into lower Butler Wash.
There will be 7 or 8 of us. Most are equipped with 4WD ladder-framed vehicles (pickup trucks or jeeps/4Runners). We'll be car camping for lodging and observing, but will be highly mobile by day so the entire region from Moab to the Colorado and Arizona borders) will be at our disposal.
High elevation? Check; 6500-7000 feet. Dark? Check; Bortle 1-2 for most of the region. Interesting daytime activities? Ancestral Puebloan ruins, abundant dinosaur footprint trackways, stunning geology (canyons, spires, fins, mesas, buttes, you name it) - it's an astronomer and naturalist's paradise.
Expect a detailed write-up with loads of impactful images to whet the appetite for travel to dark skies. If you're an American, it is UNAMERICAN not to delight in road trips. If you're an American astronomer such road trips take on an entirely new dimension.
More to come...
Edited by jrbarnett, 20 September 2019 - 09:28 AM.