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Astrotourism and Dark Sky Sites in Colorado

Photo of our dark sky site in Colorado at Rawah Ranch

In the last 25 years, global light pollution has increased by almost 50%, making it increasingly difficult for Americans to see the night sky with clarity. But, out in the Rawah Wilderness, the night sky is alive and well and waiting to be rediscovered at our Colorado ranch! Rawah Ranch is located in one of the most unspoiled valleys in the country and offers a prime opportunity to experience dark sky sites in Colorado. Spend your day’s horseback riding, hiking, and fly fishing, and your nights gazing up into the cosmos!

Astrotourism at Rawah Ranch

Dark sky sites in Colorado are becoming popular astrotourism destinations for amateur astronomers and space lovers alike. Astrotourism is nature-based tourism where people travel specifically to view celestial objects, constellations, and visit observatories. We are excited to introduce guided stargazing at our ranch accompanied by local astronomers. This guided experience isn’t available yet, but keep connected with us by signing up for our newsletter, and you’ll be the first to know when guided stargazing is offered at our ranch.

The Colorado wilderness is dazzling by day of course, but by night, well, it’s even better! Bundle up with a blanket and get cozy with your favorite hot beverage as our in-house astronomer guides you through the cosmic display. Witness the spectacular splendor of the night sky and see the planets and constellations like never before at our western guest ranch! 

Stargazing Tips

Our unspoiled valley is free from light pollution, and stargazing can easily be enjoyed with the naked eye. But, if you want to find specific celestial objects, we recommend binoculars, star charts, or stargazing apps. These tools are affordable and accessible ways to navigate the night sky when you are first starting out.

Read our Top 5 Tips for Stargazing in Colorado blog post to discover more tips and tricks!

Stargazing at Our Dark Sky Site in Colorado

Colorado’s Rawah Ranch is an excellent dark sky site where there is an opportunity to enjoy a breathtaking display of the cosmos. Besides being a prime stargazing spot, we also offer an incredible setting for authentic western activities. Your outdoor adventures, lodging, and meals are included with our all-inclusive rate. Immerse yourself in our rugged, majestic mountains and join us for an unforgettable vacation at Rawah!

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