Dark Sites

Sortable Listing of All Dark Sites

While the light pollution map is great for guiding you to a general area for stargazing, sometimes it’s better to have a specific site in mind. If others have successfully observed the heavens from a site, then you know you’re not wasting your time by driving there. That’s what this section is for.

The ideal dark sky observing site should:

  • Be safe and publicly accessible, not on private property
  • Have a clear view of the sky with few obstructions such as trees, buildings, etc.
  • Not have any bright, unshielded lights in the immediate area
  • Allow camping. Although campgrounds often have too many trees to observe from directly.

Each of the dark site pages has a description, a link to the website, and photos. Other helpful links are tied to the GPS coordinates to provide precise information.

View on Light Pollution Map – View dark site on light pollution map

Directions on Google Maps – Get directions on Google Maps

NWS Forecast – National Weather Service Forecast (US only)

Clear Outside Forecast – Cloud and stargazing forecast on Clear Outside

Heavens Above Satellite Predictions – Satellite pass predictions

Time and Date – Sunset, sunrise, moonset, moonrise, and twilight times

Add A New Dark Site

Do you have a favorite dark site that you’ve used to observe the stars?

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Each of the dark site pages also allow comments if you have updated information to add.