ForgetSpider-Manor the Green Lantern. Get ready to meet the Dark Ranger.
Since the turn of the century, a band of National Park Service rangers have become self-avowed lovers and protectors of the amazing night sky. Whereas in L.A. we look up at night and see the twinkle of an occasional star (or is that a plane bound for LAX?), they look skyward and see the Milky Way.
"Dark Rangers are the sworn enemies of light pollution," Kevin Poe, a ranger at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, writes on his website. "Though they acknowledge that artificial light is a good thing (perhaps the greatest single accomplishment of our species), too much of a good things is a TERRIBLE thing."
The deal: Great Basin National Park claims some of the darkest night skies in the United States because the park's 77,000 acres are far away from any light-belching city. The park sits five miles west of Baker, Nev., 286 miles from Las Vegas and 234 miles from Salt Lake City.