Recreation, Tourism

Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve

Welcome to the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve
America’s First Gold-Tier International Dark Sky Reserve

Here in the heart of central Idaho, we celebrate our pristine night sky as part of our heritage and a treasure worth preserving for our children and future generations.

Whether you use your eyes or binoculars or a telescope, you will find it is truly humbling to view planets, the Milky Way, meteors, comets, and even deep sky objects.

Across the country, more than 80 percent of people reside in cities and urban areas where light pollution dilutes and distorts their view of the stars. Research shows the Milky Way is hidden from view of more than one-third of the world’s population.

The Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve is a treasured resource for local residents and for all Idahoans and visitors from across the world that come to experience the wonder of the starry night sky. The Reserve is the result of a collective commitment by communities, public land managers, and private landowners to support the dark sky experience.

Find more about the Idaho Central Dark Sky Reserve (eye-candy included!) HERE

See programs and events HERE

Download map HERE

Photo credit: Nils Ribi

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