International Dark Sky Week and National Park Week

Spring is the busiest time of year in our beautiful state, and this year has been no exception. This week we get to focus our attention on promoting outdoor recreation through the lens of International Dark Sky Week and National Park Week, which run consecutively this month starting Monday, April 15.

We have several great tools and assets which are free to you to help promote dark sky and park-related experiences.

First, Dark Sky Week runs April 15-22 and focuses on boosting awareness on how to maintain and enjoy the amazing experiences dark sky places deliver across the world. Our Dark Skies hub on offers a curated collection of Arizona dark sky-designated places, plus a quick, shareable video on what exactly is meant by “dark skies” and why they’re so treasured.

Next, National Park Week begins on the final day of Dark Sky Week and runs through April 30, with free admission to Arizona’s 22 national parks sites on kick-off Saturday, April 22. Our Parks & Monuments hub connects travelers with several ways to plan an outdoor adventure, with great tools including a map of parks by location, features and activities. 

And finally, our free Digital AZ Parks Pass is the ultimate navigation tool that brings Arizona’s 50+ state and national parks, monuments and recreation areas right to visitors’ smartphones. It also lets users divide the parks by category such as “colorful canyons,” “dark sky wonders,” “lush landscapes” and several more, so exploring in honor of Dark Sky Week or National Park Week is easier than ever!     
Lisa Urias
Director, Arizona Office of Tourism

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