Moon Madness

Neil Armstrong traveled 238,900 miles from Earth to take “one giant leap for mankind” when he became the first person to walk on the moon. You only need to take a handful of steps out your front door to access some of the most spectacular night sky views on one of America’s public lands. 

From coast to coast, visitors to public lands can see the moon’s glow over scenic landscapes and historic sites — no lunar lander required. Whether you’re seeing the night sky from your campsite, the lens of your camera or the moonroof of your car, the view is sure to be out of this world. 


Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota. Photo courtesy of Kadek Susanto.
The moon rises above the famous “Z” tree at Everglades National Park.
Everglades National Park, Florida. National Park Week photo courtesy of Luis Forte.

The moon is visible over a dense pine forest.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Photo by Jacob W. Frank, National Park Service.


Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, Oregon. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management.