In August 2023, Under Canvas Lake Powell – Grand Staircase became the first-ever DarkSky-certified lodging property in the world. It is now joined by Under Canvas Zion, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon and Moab.
In a press release announcing the certifications, Under Canvas says the accreditation by DarkSky International highlights its impact on shaping the future of outdoor hospitality and astrotourism; commitment to honoring and protecting the night sky; and dedication to providing guests with an unparalleled nighttime experience.
In addition, the upscale, outdoor hospitality company announced a new “We Own the Night Campaign,” which includes complimentary, onsite programming such as astronomy talks, full-moon hikes, nightly s’mores and starbathing meditations.
Under Canvas guests can also search the skies for shooting stars and distant galaxies using onsite telescopes; enjoy celestial-themed food and beverages such as Moon & Stars Cheesecakes Bites, Galaxy Lemonade, and Meteor Mimosas; and view the night sky from the comfort of their private deck or their bed in the brand’s signature Stargazer Tents.
Under Canvas’s portfolio includes 11 destinations near national parks and monuments throughout the United States, including Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, Mount Rushmore and the Great Smoky Mountains. Its resorts are only open part of the year. Integrated into the surrounding environment, they are designed with sustainability and water and energy conservation in mind. Recycling, solar power and carbon offset are prioritized. All camps also have lighting that protects and preserves the night sky. Buyouts available.
DarkSky International’s mission is to preserve and protect the nighttime environment and the world’s heritage of dark skies through environmentally responsible outdoor lighting. Its International Dark Sky Places program works with communities, parks, municipalities, and the public to certify and protect dark places for humans and wildlife.