Celebrating Under Canvas: The World’s First DarkSky-Certified Resort

Imagine standing under the vast, unpolluted night sky, where the Milky Way stretches across the heavens and countless stars twinkle like diamonds. Feel the wonder of the universe and connect with nature in a way that’s often lost in our brightly lit cities. Preserving the night sky is about more than a stunning view—it’s about protecting the environment. In an exciting stride to conserve this precious resource, Under Canvas Lake Powell – Grand Staircase has been named the first-ever DarkSky-certified resort in the world! It’s not just an achievement—it’s a celebration of innovation, commitment, and blending comfort with nature. Join us as we explore this and why it’s a monumental step.

Leading the Way in Environmental Stewardship

What is a Certified Dark Sky Location?

In a Dark Sky Park, artificial light is minimized, allowing visitors to experience the night sky in a way that is often impossible in urban or suburban areas due to excessive light pollution from artificial lighting. This enables clear views of celestial phenomena like stars, planets, and meteor showers.

Dark skies play a crucial role in protecting nocturnal wildlife, conserving energy, and maintaining human health and well-being. By preserving or restoring natural nighttime darkness, Dark Sky Parks contribute to broader environmental goals and offer the public unique educational and recreational opportunities.

About DarkSky International

DarkSky International, previously known as the International Dark-Sky Association, has been a global authority on light pollution since 1988. DarkSky’s International DarkSky Places (IDSP) program certifies communities, parks, and protected areas around the world that preserve and protect dark sites through responsible lighting and public education.

Award-Winning Recognition

Under Canvas – Lake Powell Grand Staircase has been recognized by DarkSky’s International DarkSky Places for its outstanding night sky quality. This was achieved through dark-sky-approved lighting, conscious design, operations, guest education, and a heartfelt commitment to preserving the night sky. This property stands as a beacon of environmental leadership in the hospitality industry, being the first lodging property to gain certification from DarkSky International. This distinction goes beyond a title—it’s a commitment to the environment that sets a new standard for other hotels and resorts.

About Under Canvas Lake Powell – Grand Staircase

Perched on a canyon rim plateau with its own on-site slot canyon and sweeping views, Under Canvas Lake Powell – Grand Staircase reflects the awe-inspiring splendor of the American Southwest. Located just 14 miles from Arizona’s main Lake Powell marina, it features safari-inspired tent accommodations, upscale amenities, complimentary programming including stargazing, and easy access to an array of thrilling outdoor activities. Named one of the Best Hotels in Utah by Travel + Leisure and one of the Hottest New Hotels by TripAdvisor’s Readers’ Choice Awards, Under Canvas Lake Powell – Grand Staircase offers the perfect combination of beauty, comfort, and adventure in nature.

Commitment to Sustainability

A Mindful Approach

At Under Canvas, we believe connecting with nature makes us healthier and happier. We see the Earth as our most precious resource and remain committed to a sustainable future where all can enjoy national parks and open spaces. Our Mindful Approach manifests through thoughtful innovation, low-impact development, resource conservation, and strategic partnerships with organizations like DarkSky International and The Nature Conservancy.

We reduce light pollution by following guidance from the International Dark-Sky Association. Like many of our camps near National Parks—including Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, and Grand Canyon, which are certified International Dark Sky Parks—we incorporate environmentally responsible outdoor lighting, effective lighting policies, and education to help protect and preserve the night sky.

Setting a New Standard

In collaboration with DarkSky, Under Canvas has crafted the DarkSky Resort certification program, encouraging other hospitality companies to join the fight against light pollution so future generations can enjoy night skies filled with stars and constellations.

Light Pollution: A Growing Concern

Light pollution is on the rise, increasing by nearly 10% annually. Today, 8 out of 10 people live under a light-polluted sky, affecting our health, wildlife, and climate. Under Canvas is committed to reversing this trend and leading the way in environmental conservation.

Staying at Under Canvas

Under Canvas offers the ultimate outdoor destination experience across 11 camp locations locations, allowing everyone to embrace nature in comfort and style. Want to be a part of this incredible story and enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of the American Southwest? Visit Under Canvas Lake Powell-Grand Staircase and be a part of a movement that celebrates nature from morning to night.


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