Updated December 17, 2010Dark-Sky Destinations in Colorado
Colorado is home to some of the most popular recreation areas in the world. It also offers opportunities for visitors looking for dark sky destinations.
Colorado National Monument
This national park is the dark-sky site for many astronomy events hosted by the park and by the Western Colorado Astronomy Club. The Colorado National Monument is home to sweeping landscapes, amazing geologic formations, big horn sheep and dark skies.
The Saddlehorn Campground, with 80 first come, first served sites, is open all year. However, not all amenities are available year round, so call before you go. If you plan to visit during the summer, remember the temperatures may be extreme. You are advised to carry plenty of drinking water, bug spray and sun protection. Always be aware that rattlesnakes and scorpions may be your companions. Be sure to follow all safety precautions advised by the park.
Location: Colorado National Monument is located just outside Grand Junction to the east and Fruita to the west. Maps and directions
Visitors can follow in a long tradition, begun on August 1, 1894, by attending Public Nights at the historic Chamberlin Observatory, Observatory Park, Denver, Colorado. You can listen to lectures about astronomy, and if weather permits, view the night sky through the 20-inch Alvan Clark-Saegmuller telescope. In addition, the Denver Astronomical Society also hosts an Open House each month.
Location: 2930 East Warren Avenue, Denver, Colorado, 80210
Information Line: 303-871-5172
Website: Chamberlin Observatory
The Rocky Mountain Star Stare
West of Colorado Springs, Colorado, each year the mountains are the backdrop for a star party hosted by the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society. The Rocky Mountain Star Stare is billed as the premier star party in the Rocky Mountains, with “not just dark skies, but dark skies with amazing transparency.”
Find out about dates and location for the Rocky Mountain Star Stare.
More Dark Skies Information
For those seeking that perfect place to enjoy pure transparent dark skies of the Southwest we have gathered information by stateStar Party 101 for important information to know before attending your first star party.