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West Virginia Celebrates Three New Dark Sky Parks

Watoga Dam under the Milky Way

  MARLINTON, West Virginia, USA — The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) has awarded Watoga State Park in West Virginia with the official Dark Sky Park status on October 18, 2021.  The adjacent Calvin Price State… Read more

Curecanti National Recreation Area Certified as an International Dark Sky Park

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GUNNISON, Colorado, USA – The National Park Service and the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) proudly announce Curecanti National Recreation Area as an International Dark Sky Park. This certification recognizes the exceptional quality of Curecanti’s night… Read more

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument Named World’s Newest International Dark Sky Park

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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, in central Colorado, U.S., has been designated an International Dark Sky Park by IDA. It is the thirteenth International Dark Sky Places designation in the state and the forty-first site… Read more

Zion National Park Accreditation Completes Dark Skies Designations in ‘Mighty Five’ Utah National Parks

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The National Park Service and IDA announced today that Zion National Park in Utah, U.S., has been designated as an International Dark Sky Park. Following Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef National Parks, Zion… Read more

IDA Partners with Appalachian Mountain Club to Name First International Dark Sky Park in New England

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The Appalachian Mountain Club’s (AMC) Maine Woods property on Tuesday became the first International Dark Sky Park designated in New England. Because of significant light pollution affecting most of the eastern United States, there are… Read more

Prineville Reservoir State Park Becomes First International Dark Sky Park in Oregon

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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and IDA are pleased to announce that Prineville Reservoir State Park is today certified as an International Dark Sky Park, making it the newest addition to the International Dark… Read more

Chiricahua National Monument Named World’s Newest International Dark Sky Park

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IDA today announced Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona, U.S. as the 104th designated International Dark Sky Park in the world. Situated near the U.S.-Mexico border, the Monument protects some of the darkest night skies remaining… Read more

First International Dark Sky Place Status In Austria Awarded

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Naturpark Attersee-Traunsee, the largest nature park in the province of Upper Austria, was today named an International Dark Sky Park by IDA. It is the first designation of any kind in the International Dark Sky… Read more

Two Virginia State Parks Become World’s Newest International Dark Sky Parks

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IDA has awarded International Dark Sky Park status to Natural Bridge State Park in Rockbridge County and Sky Meadows State Park in Fauquier County. Both parks are in the U.S. state of Virginia. The announcement… Read more

Mesa Verde Certified as an International Dark Sky Park

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The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) and the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) are pleased to announce Mesa Verde National Park has been accredited as the 100th International Dark Sky Park. This certification recognizes the exceptional… Read more