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Want dark? Go to Big Bend Ranch, which just earned dark sky status

When the sun sets on a moonless night at rugged and remote Big Bend Ranch State Park, the night wraps around you like a black velvet cloak.

This week, the 315,000-acre park announced its designation as an International Dark Sky Park.

Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park, with a combined area larger than the state of Rhode Island, now form one of the largest contiguous areas under dark-skies protection in the United States… Read more from Austin 360