Nestled on the canyon rim in Utah, the Under Canvas Lake Powell-Grand Staircase resort has etched its name in the annals of sustainable tourism. According to an article by Travel and Leisure, it now proudly stands as the first resort to be graced with the Dark Sky Certification.
This accolade, bestowed by DarkSky International, is more than just a title; it symbolizes a profound commitment to preserving the ethereal beauty of the night sky, a beauty increasingly under threat from the encroaching tendrils of urban light pollution.
The resort’s dedication to this noble cause is palpable, resonating with its mission to champion the preservation of dark skies and advocate for ecological and land conservation.
But what does this certification entail? To earn this prestigious recognition, a place must not only adopt designs and operations that reduce light but also actively promote community education about the importance of a pristine night sky.
Glamping, a term coined from blending ‘glamorous’ and ‘camping‘, has surged in popularity, especially in scenic locales like Utah. The Under Canvas resort epitomizes this trend, offering guests 50 safari-style canvas tents replete with West Elm decor, wood-burning stoves, and en-suite bathrooms.
Beyond the luxury, guests are treated to a plethora of activities: from stargazing through suite windows to hiking, yoga sessions, campfire s’mores, live music, and a delightful on-site dining experience.
But why is the Dark Sky Certification so pivotal? Light pollution, the human-made alteration of natural outdoor light levels, has far-reaching consequences. It disrupts wildlife, adversely impacts human health, squanders energy and money, accelerates climate change, and sadly, obscures our view of the vast universe.
The certification brings to the fore the urgency to combat these issues, emphasizing the resort’s role in championing sustainable tourism.
DarkSky International’s endeavors extend beyond certifications. Their International Dark Sky Places program collaborates with diverse entities, from parks to municipalities, ensuring dark places remain sanctuaries for both humans and wildlife. Moreover, they evaluate and certify dark sky-friendly outdoor lighting, ensuring that the beauty of the night remains untarnished for future generations.
The Under Canvas Lake Powell-Grand Staircase resort’s achievement is a beacon for other establishments worldwide. As glamping continues to captivate travelers, intertwining luxury with sustainability is paramount.
The resort not only offers a unique travel experience but also serves as a testament to the importance of harmonizing tourism with environmental conservation. As the stars shimmer above, guests at this resort are reminded of the delicate balance of nature and the role each one plays in preserving it.
Featured image from Under Canvass