Dim the lights: Night camping photos that show the great outdoors is better in the dark

March 30, 2016                 3m read time
Blair Franklin


You aren't the only one who's flattered by the glow of a campfire. Here are four foolproof tips (and a whole lot more pics) designed to shine a light on Mother Nature's darker side.

1. Say "goodnight sun" and "hello stars"

A man watches the sun set from the Grand Canyon's South Rim. Jeremy Wilburn Location, location, location—that's all you need for great views, like this sunset stunner on the Grand Canyon's South Rim.

A man watches the sun set from the Grand Canyon's South Rim.

Jeremy Wilburn

Location, location, location—that's all you need for great views, like this sunset stunner on the Grand Canyon's South Rim.

2. Pick the perfect spot for stargazing

Old car and camper beneath the night sky of Nelson, Nevada. Howard Ignatius Whether you're cozied up in a camper in Nelson, Nevada...

Old car and camper beneath the night sky of Nelson, Nevada.

Howard Ignatius

Whether you're cozied up in a camper in Nelson, Nevada...

 
Beach camping on Mustang Island on Texas's Gulf Coast. Marcus Calderon ...snuggled up beside a beach bonfire on Mustang Island on Texas's Gulf Coast...

Beach camping on Mustang Island on Texas's Gulf Coast.

Marcus Calderon

...snuggled up beside a beach bonfire on Mustang Island on Texas's Gulf Coast...

An RV and mountain bikes sit beside a campfire in Moab, Utah. wiserbailey ...prefer to pack a few extra creature comforts (and tons of toys) like these RVers in Moab...

An RV and mountain bikes sit beside a campfire in Moab, Utah.

wiserbailey

...prefer to pack a few extra creature comforts (and tons of toys) like these RVers in Moab...

 
A cozy campfire tucked beneath a ledge in Thacher State Park provides a view of both starry skies and city lights. Mitchell Joyce ...or you've scoped out a spot beneath a ledge in New York's Thacher State Park, where starry skies vie with the skyline for the title of "Most Vivid Vista."

A cozy campfire tucked beneath a ledge in Thacher State Park provides a view of both starry skies and city lights.

Mitchell Joyce

...or you've scoped out a spot beneath a ledge in New York's Thacher State Park, where starry skies vie with the skyline for the title of "Most Vivid Vista."

 

3. Marvel as Mother Nature does her thing

A man watches a shooting star above Mammoth Lakes in California. John Lemieux You could catch a shooting star at California's Mammoth Lakes...

A man watches a shooting star above Mammoth Lakes in California.

John Lemieux

You could catch a shooting star at California's Mammoth Lakes...

 
A long exposure creates a swirl of stars behind a saguaro cactus in Bartlett Lake, Arizona. poorpoor ...set up a long exposure to capture a swirl of stars behind a saguaro cactus in Bartlett Lake, Arizona...

A long exposure creates a swirl of stars behind a saguaro cactus in Bartlett Lake, Arizona.

poorpoor

...set up a long exposure to capture a swirl of stars behind a saguaro cactus in Bartlett Lake, Arizona...

 
The Milky Way creates a stunning backdrop for Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, Utah. David Kingham ...get a new angle on an old favorite, like Delicate Arch...

The Milky Way creates a stunning backdrop for Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, Utah.

David Kingham

...get a new angle on an old favorite, like Delicate Arch...

The Geminids meteor shower adds a bit of storybook flair above the Apuseni Mountains in Coltesti, Romania. Sergiu Bacioiu ...watch a meteor shower above the Mountains in Romania... 

The Geminids meteor shower adds a bit of storybook flair above the Apuseni Mountains in Coltesti, Romania.

Sergiu Bacioiu

...watch a meteor shower above the Mountains in Romania... 

 
A campfire at the base of Palouse Falls in southeast Washington illuminates the rushing water. Scott Butner ...or just happen upon a glowing waterfall, like this southeastern Washington light show.

A campfire at the base of Palouse Falls in southeast Washington illuminates the rushing water.

Scott Butner

...or just happen upon a glowing waterfall, like this southeastern Washington light show.

 

4. Bring friends along to enjoy the fun

Three people stand on Washington's Second Beach, their headlamps lighting the sky. Michael Matti Whether it's a beachfront frolic with headlamps...

Three people stand on Washington's Second Beach, their headlamps lighting the sky.

Michael Matti

Whether it's a beachfront frolic with headlamps...

 
Friends watch the Aurora Borealis shine above Lofoten, Norway L.E Daniel Larsson ...or just kicking back to enjoy the fireworks.

Friends watch the Aurora Borealis shine above Lofoten, Norway

L.E Daniel Larsson

...or just kicking back to enjoy the fireworks.

Achieve a Polaroid-perfect camping trip with just a few easy steps...and no flash. After all, nature really shines after it's dark.

Blair Franklin

Blair is the Production Manager for ZOZI. In her past life she was a tech marketing writer, a newspaper editor, award-winning journalist, and general hooligan. She likes drinking Buffalo Trace Whiskey and snowboarding, preferably at the same time.

Subscribe +
Pkarrowicon

Get the best stories and activities, personalized just for you. Go on, get out there!

You might also enjoy: