International Dark Sky Communities in the US
Here are the 29 Dark Sky Communities in the U.S., as certified by the International Dark-Sky Association.
A Dark Sky Community is a town, city, municipality or other legally organized community that has shown exceptional dedication to the preservation of the night sky through the implementation and enforcement of a quality outdoor lighting ordinance, dark sky education and citizen support of dark skies.
– Bee Cave, Texas (2023): The city of Bee Cave is about 14 miles west of downtown Austin.
– Beverly Shores, Indiana (2014): Beverly Shores on the shoreline of Lake Michigan, 22 miles east of Gary.
– Big Park/Village of Oak Creek, Arizona (2016): Big Park/Oak Creek is about 37 miles south of Flagstaff.
– Blanco, Texas (2022): The city of Blanco is about 50 miles north of San Antonio.
– Borrego Springs, California (2009): Borrego Springs is 88 miles northeast of San Diego.
– Camp Verde, Arizona (2018): The town of Camp Verde is about 90 miles north of Phoenix.
– Cottonwood, Arizona (2019): The city of Cottonwood is between Prescott and Sedona.
– Crestone, Colorado (2021): Crestone is about 160 miles southwest of Colorado Springs.
– Dripping Springs, Texas (2014): The city of Dripping Springs is about 23 miles west of downtown Austin.
– Flagstaff, Arizona (2001): With about 77,000 residents, Flagstaff is the world’s first International Dark Sky Place and is home to Lowell Observatory and the U.S. Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station.
– Fountain Hills, Arizona (2018): The town of Fountain Hills is at the edge of the Phoenix metropolitan area.
– Fredericksburg, Texas (2020): The city of Fredericksburg is about 70 miles north of San Antonio.
– Groveland, Florida (2023): The city of Groveland is about 30 miles west of Orlando.
– Hawthorn Woods, Illinois (2020): The village of Hawthorn Woods is about 40 northwest of Chicago.
– Helper, Utah (2020): The city of Helper is about 120 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.
– Homer Glen, Illinois (2011): The city of Homer Glen is 30 miles southwest of Chicago.
– Horseshoe Bay, Texas (2015): The city of Horseshoe Bay is about 50 miles west of Austin.
– Julian, California (2021): The town of Julian is about 60 miles northeast of San Diego.
– Ketchum, Idaho (2017): The city of Ketchum is about 150 miles east of Boise.
– Lakewood Village, Texas (2019): Lakewood Village is about 35 miles north of Dallas.
– Norwood, Colorado (2019): Norwood is a statutory town located in southwestern Colorado about 50 miles east of the Utah border.
– Nucla and Naturita, Colorado (2021): Nucla and Naturita are two nearby, small towns in southwestern Colorado about 35 miles east of the Utah border.
– Ridgway, Colorado (2020): The town of Ridgeway is about 80 miles north of Durango.
– Sedona, Arizona (2014): The town of Sedona is about 29 miles south of Flagstaff.
– Springdale, Utah (2023): The town of Springdale is in southwestern Utah within Zion Canyon at the gateway to Zion National Park.
– Thunder Mountain Pootsee Nightsky (2015): The Kaibab Paiute Indian Reservation is on the Arizona-Utah border about 50 miles north of the Grand Canyon.
– Torrey, Utah (2018): The town of Torrey is about 210 miles south of Salt Lake City.
– Westcliffe and Silver Cliff, Colorado (2015): Westcliffe and Silver Cliff are about 76 miles southwest of Colorado Springs.
– Wimberley Valley, Texas (2018): The cities of Wimberley and Woodcreek (collectively known as Wimberley Valley) are about 38 miles southwest of Austin.
Learn more at darksky.org.