A Star-filled Night Sky
During the day, physical activity might lead to thoughts of tossing a sedentary job or moving to a less hectic city. The darkness brings more existential thoughts. The Milky Way is easily visible, and on a clear night more than 2,000 stars shine, leading travelers to ponder their place in the galaxy.
Big Bend has the least light pollution of any National Park in the lower 48 states, due primarily to its secluded location. The International Dark-Sky Association has designated it as a Dark Sky Park, meaning is has exceptional nighttime visibility.
The park is so far away and geographically diverse that the astronauts trained at Big Bend before missions. During their slow three-day journey to the moon, they surely contemplated their existence and anticipated the new world they would soon experience. The long drive through Texas’ stark landscape toward the park might evoke similar feelings as the craggy Chisos Mountains slowly rise in the distance.
The stunning terrain and inspirational solitude often encourage repeat visits. One traveler I met had been 27 times. Now that’s thought-provoking.