A possible indication that someone may be off the beaten path is the lack of light pollution.
A lack of large or even small metro areas nearby means a pristine night sky and, quite possibly, not many people.
How to find these off the beaten path places? I’ve discussed this before. It is simple, really.
With so many resources available with a few keystrokes, finding new places to see and explore is easier than even ten years ago.
But once the place is found, just how isolated will it be?
Obviously even “remote” places such as Yellowstone National Park will always be busy.
But there are plenty of obscure places that offer solitude and the pleasure of a night sky that is striking.
And how to find these gems? Simply point your browser to Dark Site Finder.
Simple, easy to use, color coded for extreme to no light pollution and intuitive in operation.
Dark Site Finder is, at its core, a Google Map with some slickly programmed overlays.
Dark Site Finder helps explain why I’ve enjoyed some unexpected gems so much in recent months. And partially tells the tale of why the “backyard mountains” of Colorado’s Front Range are so busy.
Are low numbers of people and a dark night sky the only reason to go to a place?
But it sure helps.
And Dark Site Finder is a wonderful tool to get this info.