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Dark Sky Destinations: Lights out, stars on

The shimmering waters of Palisade Pool at Gateway Canyons Resort backlights
the cosmic evening drama above. © Chad Chisholm

Colorado’s Rocky Mountain region is blessed with clear skies, high altitude, and public lands, which makes it an ideal spot for stargazing. Many of our state’s rural communities are celebrating their designation as a dark-sky destination by the International Dark-Sky Association, which aims to protect the night skies from light pollution (the excess use of artificial light) for generations to come.

With several locations across the state, many Coloradans are packing up the family and taking to the road to discover these nightly demonstrations of incredible astronomy. Here are just a few locations to gaze up and view the constellations, planets, meteor showers, and shooting stars.

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