Our Work

Dark Sky Places

The Advantages of IDA Recognition

For more information, see the main IDA website. 

Requirements for Designation

For more details on the requirements for each type of designation, see the main IDA website. 

How to Start the Recognition Process

Ask an IDA member for guidance.  The IDA Colorado Support Letter Policy lists questions to answer to start the process and get the support of the IDA. 

Colorado Dark Sky Places

Map of Colorado showing Dark Sky Places.  From the Western Dark Sky Dashboard, utah.maps.arcgis.com

The following 15 Colorado places have formally received IDA recognition as a Dark Sky Place.  IDA Colorado members support existing and prospective dark sky places.

Dark Sky Parks

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Curecanti National Recreation Area

Dinosaur National Monument

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Hovenweep National Monument

Jackson Lake State Park

Mesa Verde National Park

Slumgullion Center

Top of the Pines

Dark Sky Communities

Crestone, Colorado

Norwood, Colorado

Nucla/Naturita, Colorado

Ridgway, Colorado

Westcliffe/Silver Cliff, Colorado

Dark Sky Parks

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, International Dark Sky Park
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Photo by Bettymaya Foott

Curecanti National Recreation Area
Dinosaur National Monument, International Dark Sky Park
Dinosaur National Monument
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Great Sand Dunes National Park, International Dark Sky Park
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Hovenweep National Monument, International Dark Sky Park
Hovenweep National Monument

Jackson Lake State Park

Mesa Verde National Park

Slumgullion Center

Photo by Phil Virden

Top of the Pines nightscape

Top of the Pines

Photo by Val Scwarc

Dark Sky Communities

Crestone, Colorado
Norwood, Colorado
Norwood, Colorado
Nucla Starscape
Nucla/Naturita, Colorado
near Ridgway, Colorado, International Dark Sky Community
Ridgway, Colorado
Westcliffe/Silver Cliff, Colorado