Rural IDA Sky Places
Norwood is a small rural town on Wright’s Mesa at an altitude of 7,000 feet (2,134 meters) in San Miguel County. Its high desert climate and very dry conditions create many days and nights with clear skies.
Locals formed the West End Dark Sky Alliance (WEDSA) in 2016 with the mission of “preserving and protecting our dark sky resource while fostering awareness of light pollution and reducing its detrimental effects.”
The Town of Ridgway is a home–rule municipality with a population of just over 1,000 people, located along the Uncompahgre River in the foothills of the San Juan Mountains, in colorful southwest Colorado.
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison is a 12,440-hectare U.S. National Park situated in a part of western Colorado.
Canyonlands National Park preserves a series of canyons, mesas and other landforms the confluence of the Colorado River and the Green River on the Colorado Plateau.
Encompasses 42,000 acres and a series of three reservoirs (Blue Mesa, Morrow Point, and Crystal Reservoirs) along the once free-flowing Gunnison River
Top of the Pines (TOP) is an outstanding and beautiful outdoor recreation area, environmental education base camp, special event destination, and open space preserve.
Light pollution in urban centers creates a sky glow that can blot out the stars. The brighter the area in this zoomable map, the harder it is to see stars and constellations in the night sky. In the United States, national parks are often a refuge for darkness; national parks are shown in purple in the map below.
Light Contamination Effects
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