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Stargazing in Eastern Montana

Stargazing in Eastern Montana

It's no secret that big, open skies are legendary in Montana - both by day and by night. Eastern Montana offers great opportunities for outdoor adventure that can be followed by a night of wonder under the stars. Much of Eastern Montana rates 1, 2 or 3 on the Bortle Dark-Sky Scale, meaning that with the right conditions, the Milky Way or even the Northern Lights can be seen by the naked eye. 

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Makoshika State Park

Montana's largest state park is excellent for night sky viewing. In the summer, be sure to keep an eye out for astronomy events at the park's amphitheater.
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The Pines Recreation Area

Aptly named for the pine trees in the area, The Pines Recreation Area is located along Fort Peck Lake. With great points along high hills, this spot is great for a night hike with stunning views.
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Hell Creek State Park

Situated on Fort Peck Lake, Hell Creek State Park is located in the darkest night sky rating possible. It also plays host to a campground, making it a convenient place to watch the show.
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James Kipp Recreation Area

Located at the eastern end of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, the James Kipp Recreation Area and surrounding Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge offer plenty to explore.
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Medicine Rocks State Park

With 12 first-come, first-serve campsites, Medicine Rocks State Park is excellent for exploring magnificent rock formations by day and stargazing by night.
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Brush Lake State Park

Located on the eastern border of Montana and North Dakota, Brush Lake State Park is a quiet and beautiful place to spend the evening watching the galaxies.
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