RATED #1 STARGAZING DESTINATION
IN AMERICA BY USA TODAY
Away from the big city
lights of Las Vegas and Reno,
unique distinction of having
one of the darkest nighttime
skies in the country. Take
advantage of this rare
opportunity where the brightest
lights around are what you
see in the sky. Travel the
star trails after the moon
sets, let your eyes adjust
and then simply look up and
lose yourself in the
darkest skies in
There’s nothing quite like it.
Even the most inexperienced stargazers
will see more than expected. While those in bigger, brighter
cities are used to seeing only 25 to 50 stars because of
light pollution, Tonopah skies show more than 7,000 stars
including the Milky Way on a clear, moonless night. Those
with good eyes will be able to see stars as faint as visual
magnitude +7.0, which is the faintest of stars visible to
the unaided eye.
While waiting for the stars to come
Go underground and explore the
Tonopah Historic Mining Park, over 100 acres where
original claims put Tonopah on the map. Visit the
Central Nevada Museum to learn about the rich
history of central Nevada or see several undisturbed
ichthyosaur fossils and a preserved ghost town at the
Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park.
For the geology buffs, explore the hundreds of different
natural formations at the proposed Monte Cristo State Park.
Enjoy all of what Tonopah and its surrounding areas have to offer.
Remember to take precautions when traveling in remote areas
and please respect and give space to any wildlife you may