Idaho’s Dark Sky Reserve, The Only One In The U.S. Shines Bright
The night sky has a mesmerizing beauty that evokes awe and wonder. The sheer vastness of the universe and the countless stars can leave people feeling small and humble, fostering a sense of perspective. Stargazing can take you away from the hustle and bustle of modern life and experience the quiet, serene beauty of the cosmos. Looking up at the stars can put you into a meditative experience. For many, gazing at the night sky encourages contemplation and self-reflection.
Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”
– Stephen Hawking, English theoretical physicist and author
The beauty and mystery of the night sky have inspired artists, writers, and thinkers for centuries. Idaho's night skies are like no other. They are among the best in the world. That's why Idaho is only one of 12 Dark Sky Reserves in the world.
Idaho has the First Internation Dark Sky Reserve in the U.S.
According to the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve, "The International Dark-Sky Association designated the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve In December 2017, It's only the twelfth Dark Sky Reserve Worldwide." The Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve was awarded Gold Tier status, the highest ranking for night sky quality.
They worked for nearly two decades on planning efforts and policy decisions by city and county leaders. They worked with local businesses, organizations, and local land management to get where they are today.