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Today, most of the world’s population lives in areas subject to light pollution: inappropriate or excessive use of artificial light. This artificial light makes it harder for us to see and enjoy the night sky. Here at Pinnacles National Park we are lucky to be quite far removed from any urban lighting which means it is a great location for stargazing and enjoying the night sky. Each year thousands of visitors come to Pinnacles specifically to enjoy the night sky.

Please help us to keep the night sky at Pinnacles Campground dark so we can continue to enjoy these incredible stargazing opportunities. Here are some tips for campers:

Best Practices for RV and Tent Campers

  • Consider installing down shield or directional lights on the exterior of your RV.

  • Use warmer bulbs which minimize brightness and attract less insects.

  • Turn off outside lights when you are not outside.

  • Draw your window shades when interior lights are on.

  • Avoid the use of string or decorative lights.

  • Extinguish campfires before the 10pm quiet hours begin.

  • Use headlamps instead of lanterns, preferably one with a red-light mode.

Pinnacles Campground Dark Sky Efforts

At Pinnacles Campground we are committed to preserving the dark sky in every possible way. Here are some of the initiatives we are currently working on.

  • Development of a lighting management plan

  • Upgrading all fixtures to be down shielded and operate with a motion sensor

  • Using only warm tone low energy LED light bulbs

  • Follow all International Dark Sky Association standards for Dark Sky Parks

  • Ongoing monitoring of light levels and developing initiatives for reductions where possible

Links for Additional information

National Park Service Night Sky Best Practices

International Dark Sky Parks