The Colorado Plateau is known for its incredibly diverse and spectacular scenery and geology. But the night sky is famous in its own right. The inky-black night skies are filled with stars too numerous to count and the Milky Way stretches from horizon to horizon.
America’s first Dark Sky Cooperative was established on the Colorado Plateau to protect this heritage. The parks and public lands shown below have attained their Dark-Sky certification.
To provide a platform for sharing resources and information, increasing dialogue, and providing mutual support for the diverse groups of night sky conservation advocates throughout the Western United States, the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative in partnership with the GNAR Initiative has spearheaded the formation of a Western Night Skies Council (WNSC) (PDF – 2 Mb).
Dark Sky Resources
- International Dark-Sky Association
- Certified IDA International Dark-Sky Parks
- Google Map of IDA National Parks in U.S.A.