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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

The following 14 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

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

Mesa Verde National Park

Jackson Lake State Park

Slumgullion Center

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

Join the International Dark-sky Association

IDA members with a Colorado mailing address are automatically part of the Colorado chapter. 

Colorado chapter members get a monthly newsletter and other benefits.