Categories: CampingUpdates & news

Hipcamp Creates First-Ever Dark Skies Camping Map

Hipcamp recently revealed the first-ever Dark Skies Map for adventurers and amateur astronomers to find campsites where the stars will shine the brightest.

Almost 90 percent of adult Americans watched August’s solar eclipse—that’s twice as many viewers as the Super Bowl draws in each year.[1] A huge chunk of these eclipse chasers (about 38,000, to be specific) swarmed Hipcamp’s Eclipse Path of Totality campsite map to find a good viewing spot, making it clear that astronomical events are a big driver for getting people outside.

“With more people living in urban areas than ever, finding places to reconnect with nature is becoming more difficult, but also more popular,” says Hipcamp’s founder and CEO, Alyssa Ravasio.

It’s true: only 20 percent of Americans can see the Milky Way from their house, and those who can’t might not know where to look—until now.[2]

That’s where Hipcamp’s Dark Sky Map comes in, overlying the International Dark-Sky Association’s light pollution data on Hipcamp’s campsite inventory, the most comprehensive database for campgrounds in the country. The result? A handy, easy-to-use map for campers in pursuit of starry skies.

And glimpsing the Big Dipper is just one perk of escaping light pollution—you’ll get a better night’s sleep and lower your anxiety levels, according to science. The loss of dark skies has been tied to real physiological and biological effects, disrupting the rhythms of natural ecosystems across the planet.[3]

“We hope that this map not only makes it simpler for people to go camping under the stars, but also raises awareness about the threat that our skies are under and the value they hold for humans and the rest of nature,” said Ravasio.

Discover dark sky camps near me

Cover photo by NASA.

[1] 215 Million Americans Watched the Solar Eclipse, Study Finds (New York Times)

[2] 80 Percent of Americans Can’t See the Milky Way Anymore (National Geographic)

[3] Illuminating the Effects of Light Pollution (New York Times)

Hipcamp is an online marketplace where you can list, discover, and book campsites and accommodations on private and public land. Hipcamp is your go-to guide to getting outside. If you’re a landowner, Hipcamp creates new revenue streams for your business, which can help conserve your land and keep it wild. #FindYourselfOutside #LeaveItBetter

Recent Posts

6 Incredible Winter Activities to Try in Ontario’s Wilderness

Ontario winters typically divide people into two camps: those who huddle indoors and wait for spring, and those who get…

1 month ago

5 Revelstoke Hikes Perfect for Spotting Wildflowers

As the sun moves into the northern sphere in British Columbia, the days grow longer and nights shorter, snow begins…

1 month ago

The Ultimate California Coast Road Trip: Camping Edition

We’ve mapped out the must-see spots and the most unique camp spots, cabins, treehouses along the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH).…

1 month ago

This SA Town is an Unmatched Outdoor Escape

Cruise north out of Adelaide for an easy hundred kilometres and you’ll find yourself in the picturesque town of Riverton.…

1 month ago

The Best Group Campsites in California, From the Redwoods to the Desert

It may come as no surprise—getting outside is one of our favorite ways to spend time with friends and family.…

1 month ago

Hipcamp Host Seminar: NSW Bushfire Safety

Bushfire season in Australia is well underway, and while fire conditions have been subdued so far, it's always critical to…

2 months ago