8 amazing places for stargazers

by | Apr 19, 2023 | Blog, Denver Activities | 0 comments

Ever tried to locate the Milky Way in the night sky? It’s not always an easy task. After all, who can see the stars for all those infernal lights everywhere?

No wonder Governor Jared Polis proclaimed June 2021 and 2022 Dark Sky Month in Colorado, an initiative aimed at minimizing unnecessary outdoor lights. Last year’s proclamation noted that “the growing problem of light pollution…at night has been scientifically linked to negative effects on the health and well-being of humans, flora and fauna – while natural dark skies at night have been scientifically linked to positive health.”

And let’s face it, health issues or not, being able to look up and see the stars is just plain amazing.

While we haven’t seen a similar proclamation from Polis yet for 2023, now is a great time to plan a June camping trip to a place where light pollution is as rare as a neon sign.

Axios Denver recommends the following spots for unimpeded stargazing:

Hovenweep National Monument

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Dinosaur National Monument

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Jackson Lake State Park

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Mesa Verde National Park

Curecanti National Recreation Area

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