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From the Bureau of Land Management:

Milky Way near Butterfield Pass in the BLM-managed Sonoran Desert National Monument
This area is probably only 30-40 air miles from Phoenix, and the glow from the city is visible to the north.  However, the overhead stars and southern horizon are dark enough to clearly see the Milky Way, which makes a great backdrop to the charismatic saguaros. 
-Bob Wick, BLM Wilderness Specialist

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From the Bureau of Land Management:

Milky Way near Butterfield Pass in the BLM-managed Sonoran Desert National Monument

This area is probably only 30-40 air miles from Phoenix, and the glow from the city is visible to the north.  However, the overhead stars and southern horizon are dark enough to clearly see the Milky Way, which makes a great backdrop to the charismatic saguaros. 

-Bob Wick, BLM Wilderness Specialist

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From the Department of Interior:

Can you see the Milky Way from your backyard? Death Valley’s dark night skies let you experience the sky as your great grandparents saw it from their backyard.Photo: Dan Duriscoe

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From the Department of Interior:

Can you see the Milky Way from your backyard? Death Valley’s dark night skies let you experience the sky as your great grandparents saw it from their backyard.

Photo: Dan Duriscoe