Alamo, Idaho – The City of Rocks National Reserve has earned its dark-sky park certification from International Dark-Sky Association,
IDA’s mission is to preserve and protect our heritage of night-time environments and dark skies through environmentally responsible outdoor lighting.
Minimum Qualification Requirements To be eligible for the dark-sky park designation includes protecting public lands, having a lighting management plan, demonstrating a commitment to dark skies and quality outdoor lighting, a commitment to public education, and many other considerations.
certified area of City of Rocks National Reserve Build on over 10,000 acres of both federal and state owned land.
In addition to new education programs emphasizing the value of natural darkness, the park hosts star parties, a Dark Sky Junior Ranger program, constellation tours, and telescope viewing opportunities.
Reducing light pollution allows visitors today to experience the same sky that was seen by the Shoshoneans and their ancestors and the immigrants and early settlers of the California Trail.
“It is truly magical to experience the deep skies at City of Rocks,” says Tara McClure-Cannon, Acting Superintendent of City of Rocks National Reserve. “It brings the past to life in a way that you can’t experience during daylight hours.”
City of Rocks joins other IDA certified areas in Idaho, which include community of ketchum, Craters of the Moon National Monument And Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve Located in the Sawtooth Mountains.