Colorado Leads Charge for Dark Sky Protections

"The dark-sky zones that southwestern Colorado leaders are proposing would, all combined, cover more than 3,800 square miles — the largest official area protected from artificial light on the planet." -Bruce Finley, The Denver Post

Finley, B. (2021, January 17). In rural Colorado, a growing push to preserve dark skies as artificial light spills out of cities. The Denver Post. Retrieved From

For the past decade or more, Colorado's population growth has been nothing short of astounding. Statistics from 2011 to 2016 show that nearly 250,000 people were moving into the state each year. A majority of this growth has occurred in Front Range communities and cities but has also stemmed into rural mountain communities. This population growth has raised concerns with protecting Colorado's dark night sky. As more and more people move into the state, light pollution has started to flood into areas and wash out critical views of the night sky. This has spurred a movement, a movement to protect our night sky's before they are gone. Many communities, counties, and local governments have begun implementing ordinances and installing steady dim lighting that drastically reduces "light trespass". The largest of these movements is currently in motion in southwest Colorado where communities, the National Forests, wildlife managers, and individuals alike are working towards establishing a certified dark-sky preserve that would total more than 3,800 square miles. If accomplished, this would be the largest area in the world dedicated to protecting the dark night sky that is so vital to our sleep patterns, health, and overall well-being.