WORLD LIST OF DARK SKY PROTECTED AREAS

Updated 31st August 2017


This is a list of dark sky places that incorporate one or more natural areas. The information is collected by members of the IUCN Dark Skies Advisory Group and is correct to the best of our knowledge on the date noted above. The list will be updated whenever we receive new information. For more details on these dark sky places, please search for authoritative web sites and/or contact the appropriate management agencies directly. Recognizing bodies such as the International Dark Sky Association, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the Starlight Initiative, Spain, have more information on their web sites.


Please send corrections and additions to this list to dsag.iucn@gmail.com. Please use the current entries to see which information fields and precision are required. Thank you.


Notes

    Constituent protected areas are listed.

    An approximate central coordinate is presented in decimal latitude and longitude format. These are mostly determined by using on-line mapping tools to locate the dark sky place.

    The areas given are 1) of the constituent protected areas, in the IUCN sense, within the dark sky place, and 2) of the whole dark sky place. A dark sky reserve is typically larger. Note that areas may vary depending on the source, such as the place’s own web site versus the IUCN Protected Planet web site, www.protectedplanet.net.

    The recognition information refers to the year of establishment as a dark sky place, not of the constituent protected area(s).

    Overlapping World Heritage Sites, Ramsar Convention wetland sites and UNESCO Biosphere Reserves are noted.

    DSAG class. A system of dark sky place types developed by DSAG to allow comparisons between different naming styles used by various recognizing bodies. In cases where two or more classes could apply, the lower numbered class is given.

      1    Dark Sky Astronomy Site: having an astronomical observatory

      2    Dark Sky Park: protected natural area

            2a Park, reserve, habitat, natural area or other ecological protection

            2b Unpopulated area set aside for traditional or sacred practices related to the sky

            2c Rural area, area of outstanding landscape beauty

      3    Dark Sky Heritage Site: protected heritage physical works of mankind

      4    Dark Sky Outreach Site

            4a Urban or suburban site

            4b Rural site

      5    Dark Sky Reserve: core protected area and a sustainable development buffer zone of cooperating community, rural and natural area jurisdictions

      6    Dark Sky Community: an entire village, town or city.

Dark sky communities are listed at the end of this document, but DSAG does not report information on them, as its focus is on protected areas.

Totals

DSAG classes 1-5: 114

DSAG class 6: 21

 

Australia                  Canada                     Chile                        Czech Republic       Denmark

France                      Germany                  Hungary                   Ireland                     Italy

Namibia                   Netherlands             New Zealand           Poland                     Slovakia

South Korea            Spain                       United Kingdom      United States of America


Communities


AUSTRALIA


Warrumbungle National Park International Dark Sky Park

    Warrumbungle National Park

Central lat/long: -31.29, 149.01. Protected area: 23,312 ha. Total area: 23,312 ha.

Recognition: 2016, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG Class 2a


CANADA


Acadian Skies and Mi'kmaq Lands Starlight Reserve and Tourism Destination

    Tobeatic Wilderness Area

    Indian Fields Provincial Park

Central lat/long: 44.14, -65.59. Protected area: 106,057 ha. Total area: 239,139 ha.

Recognition: 2014, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

    Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve

DSAG class 5


Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area Nocturnal Preserve

    Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area

Central lat/long: 50.90,-114.20. Protected area: 1,940 ha. Total area: 1,940 ha.

Recognition: 2015, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

DSAG class 2a


Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve

    Elk Island National Park of Canada

    Cooking Lake/Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area

Central lat/long: 53.59, -112.88. Protected area: 29,300 ha. Total area: 29,300 ha.

Recognition: 2006, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

    Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve

DSAG class 2a


Bluewater Outdoor Education Centre Dark Sky Preserve

    Bluewater Outdoor Education Centre

Central lat/long: 44.74, -81.23. Protected area: 130 ha. Total area: 130 ha.

Recognition: 2012, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

DSAG class 4b


Bruce Peninsula Dark Sky Preserve

    Bruce Peninsula National Park of Canada

Central lat/long: 45.16, -81.52. Protected area: 16,700 h. Total area: 16,700 ha.

Recognition: 2009, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

DSAG class 2a


Cattle Point Urban Star Park

    Uplands Park (part of), City of Victoria, British Columbia

Central lat/long: 48.40, -123.30. Protected area: 6.8 ha. Total area: 6.8 ha.

Recognition: 2013, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

DSAG class 4a


Cypress Hills Dark Sky Preserve

    Cypress Hills Provincial Park (Alberta)

    Cypress Hills Provincial Park (Saskatchewan)

    Fort Walsh National Historic Site of Canada

Central lat/long: 49.67, -110.17. Protected area: 39,600 ha. Total area: 39,600 ha.

Recognition: 2005, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

DSAG class 2a


Fundy Dark Sky Preserve

    Fundy National Park of Canada

Central lat/long: 45.64, -65.10. Protected area: 20,600 ha. Total area: 20,600 ha.

Recognition: 2011, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

DSAG class 2a


Gordon's Park Dark Sky Preserve

    Gordon's Park

Central lat/long: 45.66, -81.97. Protected area: 108 ha. Total area: 108 ha.

Recognition: 2008, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

DSAG class 4b


Grasslands Dark Sky Preserve

    Grasslands National Park of Canada

Central lat/long: 49.12, -107.42. Protected area: 52,700 ha. Total area: 52,700 ha.

Recognition: 2009, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

DSAG class 2a


Irving Urban Star Park

    Irving Nature Park

Central lat/long: 45.22, -66.13. Protected area: 243 ha. Total area: 243 ha.

Recognition: 2011, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

DSAG class 4a


Jasper Dark Sky Preserve

    Jasper National Park of Canada

Central lat/long: 52.89, -118.04. Protected area: 1,122,800 ha. Total area: 1,122,800 ha.

Recognition: 2011, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

    Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site

DSAG class 2a


Kejimkujik Dark Sky Preserve

    Kejimkujik National Park of Canada

Central lat/long: 44.39, -65.23. Protected area: 40,370 ha. Total area: 40,370 ha.

Recognition: 2010, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

    Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve

DSAG Class 2a


Kouchibouguac Dark Sky Preserve

    Kouchibouguac National Park of Canada

Central lat/long: 46.82, -64.97. Protected area: 23,920 ha. Total area: 23,920 ha.

Recognition: 2009, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

DSAG class 2a


Lakeland Dark Sky Preserve

    Lakeland Provincial Park, Alberta

    Lakeland Provincial Recreation Area

Central lat/long: 54.71, -111.39. Protected area: 59,031 ha. Total area: 64,934 ha.


Recognition: 2016, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

DSAG class 2a


McDonald Park Dark Sky Preserve

    McDonald Park (Abbotsford, British Columbia)

Central lat/long: 49.10, -122.20. Protected area: 2,225 ha. Total area: 2,225 ha.

Recognition: 2003, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

DSAG class 4a


Mont-Mégantic International Dark Sky Reserve

    Mont-Mégantic National Park of Québec

Central lat/long: 45.46, -71.15. Protected area: 5,845 ha. Total area: 550,000 ha.

Recognition: 2007, International Dark Sky Association; 2007 Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

DSAG class 1


Mount Carleton Dark Sky Preserve

    Mount Carleton Provincial Park

Central lat/long: 47.38, -66.88. Protected area: 17,427 ha. Total area: 17,427 ha.

Recognition: 2009, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

DSAG class 2a


Old Man on his Back Conservation Area Nocturnal Preserve

    Old Man on his Back Conservation Area

Central lat/long: 44.20, -109.60. Protected area: 5,316.0 ha. Total area: 5,316.0 ha.

Recognition: 2015, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

DSAG class 2c


Point Pelee Dark Sky Preserve

    Point Pelee National Park of Canada

Central lat/long: 41.97, -82.52. Protected area: 2,000 ha. Total area: 2,000 ha.

Recognition: 2006, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

    Point Pelee Ramsar Site

DSAG class 2a


Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Preserve

    Torrance Barrens Conservation and Dark Sky Reserve

Central lat/long: 44.94, -79.51. Protected area: 1,990 ha. Total area: 1,990 ha.

Recognition: 1999, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

DSAG class 2a


Waterton Lakes National Park International Dark Sky Park

    Waterton Lakes National Park

Central lat/long: 49.05, -113.91. Protected area: 50,500 ha. Total area: 50,500 ha.

Recognition: 2017, International Dark Sky Association

    Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park World Heritage Site

    Waterton Biosphere Reserve

DSAG class 2a


Wood Buffalo Dark Sky Reserve

    Wood Buffalo National Park of Canada

Central lat/long: 59.80, -112.00. Protected area: 4,400,000 ha. Total area: 4,400,000 ha.

Recognition: 2013, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

    Wood Buffalo National Park World Heritage Site

    Peace-Athabasca Delta Ramsar Site

    Whooping Crane Summer Range

DSAG class 2a


CHILE


Alto Loa Starlight Tourism Destination

    Alto Loa National Reserve

Central lat/long: -21.46, -68.54. Protected area: 286,015 ha. Total area: 286,015 ha.

Recognition: 2014, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 2a


Fray Jorge Starlight Reserve

    Bosque Fray Jorge National Park

Central lat/long: -30.67, -71.67. Protected area: 9,959 ha. Total area: 134,311 ha.

Recognition: 2013, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

    Fray Jorge Biosphere Reserve

DSAG class 1


Gabriela Mistral Dark Sky Sanctuary

Central lat/long: -30.1, -70.81. Protected area: 36,423 ha. Total area: 36,423 ha.

    El Totoral Reserve (AURA-O site)

Recognition: 2015, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class


CZECH REPUBLIC


Beskydy Dark Sky Park

    Beskydy Protected Landscape Area (includes many nature reserves and national monuments)

Central lat/long: 49.50, 18.50. Protected area: 22,230 ha. Total area: 22,230 ha.

Recognition: 2013: Czech Astronomical Society, Beskydy Protected Landscape Area and Czech Republic Forests - Forestry Office Ostravice

DSAG class 2b

See also joint entry with Slovakia


Izera Dark Sky Park

    Jizerske hory Protected Landscape Area

    Bukovec Nature Reserve

    Raseliniste Jizery National Nature Reserve

    Rybi Loucky Nature Reserve

Central lat/long: 50.84, 15.33. Protected area: 3,600 ha. Total area: 3,600 ha.

Recognition: 2009: Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences; Protected Landscape Area Jizerske hory; Liberec Regional Directorate of Czech Republic Forests

    Krkokonose/Karkonosze Transboundary Biosphere Reserve (Czech Rep/Poland)

DSAG class 2a

See also the joint entry with Poland


DENMARK


Møn and Nyord International Dark Sky Park

    Nyord Conservation Area

    Ulvshale Conservation Area

    East Møn Conservation Area

Central lat/long: 55.00, 12.35. Protected area: 2,284 ha. Total area: 2,284 ha.

Recognition: 2017, International Dark Sky Association

    Møn Biosphere Reserve

DSAG class 2a


FRANCE


Luberon-Lure Starlight Reserve

    Parc Naturel Régional du Luberon

Central lat/long: 43.82, -5.4333. Protected area: 25,314 ha. Total area: 244,645 ha.

Recognition: date unknown, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

    Luberon-Lure Biosphere Reserve

    Luberon Geopark

DSAG class 5


Pic du Midi International Dark Sky Reserve

    Pyrénées National Park

    Néouvielle National Nature Reserve

    Pyrénées-Mont Perdu (Gavarnie) UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Chemins de St-Jacques en France UNESCO World Heritage Site (part of)

    Aulon Regional Nature Reserve

Central lat/long: 42.94, 0.14. Protected area: 49,337 ha. Total area: 311,200 ha.

Recognition: 2013, International Dark Sky Association

    Pyrénées-Mont Perdu World Heritage Site

DSAG class 1


GERMANY


Eifel International Dark Sky Park

    Eifel National Park

Central lat/long: 50.60, 6.43. Protected area: 10,700 ha. Total area: 10,700 ha.

Recognition: 2014, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


Rhön International Dark Sky Reserve

    Bavarian Rhon Nature Park

    Rhön Biosphere Reserve

Central lat/long: 50.45, 10.04. Protected area: 14,700 ha. Total area: 186,500 ha.

Recognition: 2014, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 5


Westhavelland International Dark Sky Reserve

    Westhavelland Nature Park (extends beyond the dark sky reserve)

Central lat/long: 52.70, 12.48. Protected area: 78,660 ha. Total area: 78,660.

Recognition: 2014, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 5


HUNGARY


Bükk Starry Sky Park/International Dark Sky Park

    Bükk National Park

Central lat/long: 48.05, 20.53. Protected area: 43,169 ha. Total area: 43,169 ha.

Recognition: 2017, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


Hortobágy Starry-Sky Park/International Dark Sky Park

    Hortobágy National Park

Central lat/long: 47.55, 21.12. Protected area: 82,000 ha. Total area: 82,000 ha.

Recognition: 2011, International Dark Sky Association

    Hortobágy National Park World Heritage Site

    Hortobágy Ramsar Site

    Hortobágy Biosphere Reserve

DSAG class 2a


Zselic Starry-Sky Park/International Dark Sky Park

    Zselic Landscape Protection Area

Central lat/long: 46.38, 18.27. Protected area: 9,042 ha. Total area: 9,042 ha.

Recognition: 2009, International Dark Sky Association; 2006, Hungarian Astronomical Association

DSAG class 2a


IRELAND


Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve

    Derrynane National Historic Park

Central lat/long: 51.8969, -10.0894. Protected area: no data. Total area: 70,000 ha.

Recognition: 2014, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2c


Mayo International Dark Sky Park

    Ballycroy National Park

    Wild Nephin Wilderness Area

    Owenduff/Nephin Complex Special Area of Conservation

Central lat/long: 54.07, -9.69. Protected area: 15,000 ha. Total area: 15,000 ha.

Recognition: 2016, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


ITALY


Sila Starlight Reserve

    Sila National Park

Central lat/long: 39.34, 16.44. Protected area: 6,803 ha. Total area: 357,294 ha.

Recognition: date unknown, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

    Sila Biosphere Reserve

DSAG class 2c


NAMIBIA


NamibRand International Dark Sky Reserve

    NamibRand Nature Reserve

Central lat/long: -25.12, 15.99. Protected area: 172,200 ha. Total area: 172,200 ha.

Recognition: 2012, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


NETHERLANDS


Dark Sky Park De Boschplaat

    De Boschplaat Nature Reserve

Central lat/long: 53.44, 5.50. Protected area: 4,400 ha. Total area: 4,400 ha.

Recognition: 2015, International Dark Sky Association

    Waddensea Biosphere Reserve

DSAG class 2a


Lauwersmeer National Park International Dark Sky Park

    Lauwersmeer National Park

Central lat/long: 53.35, 6.19. Protected area: 4,950 ha. Total area: 6,010 ha.

Recognition: 2016, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


NEW ZEALAND


Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve

    Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

Central lat/long: -43.60, 170.35. Protected area: 70,696 ha. Total area: 436,700 ha.

Recognition: 2012, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 1


POLAND


Bieszczady Starry-Sky Park

    Bieszczady National Park

    San Valley Landscape Park

    Cisna-Wetlina Landscape

Central lat/long: 49.20, 22.47. Protected area: 113,846 ha. Total area: 113,846 ha.

Recognition: 2013. Administrative districts Lutowiska and Komancza; Bieszczady National Park in Ustrzyki Gorne; Administration of the Carpathian Landscape Parks in Krosno; The State Forests National Forest Holding - District Lutowiska and Stuposiany; Faculty of Environmental Engineering of the University of Technology of Cracow; Pedagogical University of Cracow - Mt. Suhora Astronomical Observatory; Bieszczady Foundation; Bieszczady Regional Development Agency; The Carpathian Wildlife Foundation; Joint Schools in Lutowiska

    East Carpathian Biosphere |Reserve

    East Beskid Biosphere |Reserve

DSAG class 1


Izera Dark Sky Park

    Torfowiska Doliny Izery Nature Reserve

Central lat/long: 50.85, 15.38. Protected area: 3,850 ha. Total area: 3,850 ha.

Recognition: 2009. Astronomical Institute of the University of Wroclaw; Polish State Forests, Forestry Commission Swieradow; Polish State Forests, Forestry Commission Szklarska Poreba

    Krkokonose/Karkonosze Transboundary Biosphere Reserve (Czech Rep/Poland)

DSAG class 2a

See also the joint entry with the Czech Republic.


SLOVAKIA


Beskydy Dark Sky Park

    Kysuce Protected Landscape Area (includes two national monuments)

Central lat/long: 49.40, 18.50. Protected area: 8,570 ha. Total area: 8,570 ha.

Recognition: 2013: Kysuce Protected Landscape Area and Slovak Astronomical Society of Slovak Academy of Sciences

DSAG class 2b

See also joint entry with Czech Republic


Poloniny Dark Sky Park

    Poloniny National Park; villages of Kolonica, Ladomirov, Kalná Roztoka, Klenová, and Ruská Volová

Central lat/long: 49.03, 22.36. Protected area: 48,519 ha. Total area: 48,519 ha.

Recognition: 2010, Slovak Union of Amateur Astronomers

    Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany World Heritage Site

DSAG class 2a


SOUTH KOREA


Yeongyang Firefly Eco Park International Dark Sky Park

    Yeongyang Firefly Eco Park

    Yeongyang Firefly Special Zone

    Wangpicheon Ecosystem and Landscape Conservation Area

Central lat/long: 36.67, 129.11. Protected area: 132 ha. Total area: 197 ha.

Recognition: 2015, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 4b


SPAIN


El Teide Starlight Reserve and Tourism Destination

    El Teide National Park

    Corona Forestal Natural Park

    El Teide Observatory

Central lat/long: 28.3, -16.6. Protected area: 18,990 ha. Total area: 65,602.0 ha.

Recognition: 2013, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

    El Teide National Park World Heritage site

DSAG class 1


Fuerteventura Starlight Reserve

    Betancuria Natural Protected Area

    Jandía Natural Park

Central lat/long: 28.44, -14.10. Protected area: 60,517.0 ha. Total area: 166,000 ha.

Recognition: 2009, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

    Saladar de Jandía Ramsar Site

    Fuerteventura Biosphere Reserve

DSAG class 5


Gredos Norte SR & SD

    Sierra de Gredos Regional Park

Central lat/long: 40.42, -5.17. Protected area: 52,000 ha. Total area: 52,000 ha.

Recognition: 2014, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 5


La Palma Starlight Reserve

    La Caldera de Taburiente National Park

    Pinar de Garafía Natural Reserve

    Las Nieves Natural Park

    Cumbre Vieja Natural Park

Central lat/long: 28.71, -17.86. Protected area: 10,265 ha. Total area: 80,702 ha.

Recognition: 2011, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

    La Palma Biosphere Reserve

DSAG class 1


Leza, Jubera, Cidacos y Alhama Valleys SR & SD (La Rioja Starlight Reserve)

    Core Area of the Valles del Jubera, Leza, Cidacos y Alhama Biosphere Reserve

Central lat/long: 42.01, -2.01. Protected area: 5,983 ha. Total area: 119,169 ha.

Recognition: 2011, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

    Valles del Jubera, Leza, Cidacos y Alhama Biosphere Reserve

DSAG class 2a


Monfragüe Starlight Reserve

    Monfragüe National Park and Biosphere Reserve

Central lat/long: 39.82, -5.94. Protected area: 18,118a. Total area: 116,160 ha.

Recognition: 2011, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 5


Montsec Starlight Reserve and Tourism Destination

    Montsec Mountains Natural Area

    Fauna Reserve of Sant Llorenç de Montgai

    Natural Reserve of Noguera Ribagorçana-MontRebei (part of)

    plus six other protected areas partially within the area

Central lat/long: 42.01, 0.8. Protected area: 160,000 ha. Total area: 160,000 ha.

Recognition: 2013, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 1


Sierra Morena Andaluza SR & SD

    Sierra Norte Nature Park

    Sierra de Hornachuelos Nature Park

    Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche Nature Park

Central lat/long: 37.92, -6.18. Protected area: 360,740 ha. Total area: 424,200.0 ha.

Recognition: 2014, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

    Las Dehesas de Sierra Morena Biosphere Reserve

DSAG class 2a


Sierra Nevada Observatory Area

    Sierra Nevada National Park

Central lat/long: 37.09, -3.3819. Protected area: 15,393 ha. Total area; 15,393 ha.

Recognition: 2013, Junta de Andalucia Regional Government

    Sierra Nevada Biospshere Reserve

DSAG class 1


UNITED KINGDOM


Bodmin Moor International Dark Sky Park

    Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (part of)

    Bodmin National Nature Reserve

    Multiple sites of scientific and historic interest

Central lat/long: 50.56, -4.63. Protected area: 20,875 ha. Total area: 43,460 ha.

Recognition: 2017, International Dark Sky Association

    Cornish Mining World Heritage Site

DSAG class 5


Brecon Beacons International Dark Sky Reserve

    Brecon Beacons National Park

Central lat/long: 51.86, -3.47. Protected area: 134,679 ha. Total area: 134,679 ha.

Recognition: 2013, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 5


Elan Valley Estate International Dark Sky Park

    Elenydd-Mallaen Special Protected Area (part of)

    Claerwen National Nature Reserve

    Twelve Sites of Special Scientific Interest

    Three Special Areas of Conservation

    Elan Valley Woodlands Site of Community Importance

Central lat/long: 52.28, -3.64. Protected area: 18,000 ha. Total area: 18,000 ha.

Recognition: 2015, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


Exmoor International Dark Sky Reserve

    Exmoor National Park

Central lat/long: 51.14, -3.65. Protected area: 69,200 ha. Total area: 181,400 ha.

Recognition: 2011, International Dark Sky Association

    Braunton Burrows-North Devon Biosphere Reserve

DSAG class 5


Galloway Forest International Dark Sky Park

    Galloway Forest Park

Central lat/long: 55.09, -4.37. Protected area: 77.700 ha. Total area: 80,700 ha.

Recognition: 2009, International Dark Sky Association

    Galloway and South Ayrshire Biosphere Reserve

DSAG class 5


Northumberland International Dark Sky Park

    Northumberland National Park

    Kielder Water and Forest Park

Central lat/long: 55.32, -2.34. Protected area: 148,200 ha. Total area: 148,200 ha.

Recognition: 2013, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2c


Snowdonia International Dark Sky Reserve

    Snowdonia National Park

Central lat/long: 50.08, -4.08. Protected area: 213,156 ha. Total area: 213,156 ha.

Recognition: 2015, International Dark Sky Association

    Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd

DSAG class 5


South Downs National Park International Dark Sky Reserve

    South Downs National Park

Central lat/long: 51.06, -0.69. Protected area: 165,268 ha. Total area: 165,268 ha.

Recognition: 2016, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 5


UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Antelope Island International Dark Sky Park

    Antelope Island State Park

Central lat/long: 40.96, -112.21. Protected area: 11,428 ha. Total area: 11,428 ha.

Recognition: 2017, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


Big Bend International Dark Sky Park

    Big Bend National Park

Central lat/long: 29.22, -103.24. Protected area: 324,219 ha. Total area: 324,219 ha.

Recognition: 2012, International Dark Sky Association

    Big Bend Biosphere Reserve

DSAG class 2a


Big Cypress National Preserve International Dark Sky Park

    Big Cypress National Preserve

Central lat/long: 25.86, -81.03. Protected area: 296,278 ha. Total area: 296,278 ha.

Recognition: 2016, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


Black Canyon of the Gunnison International Dark Sky Park

    Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Central lat/long: 38.58, -107.74. Protected area: 12,445 ha. Total area: 12,444 ha.

Recognition: 2015, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


Blue Ridge Observatory and Star Park International Dark Sky Park

    Blue Ridge Observatory and Star Park

Central lat/long: 35.93, -82.02. Protected area: 2 ha. Total area: 2 ha.

Recognition: 2014, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 4b


Canyonlands International Dark Sky Park

    Canyonlands National Park

Central lat/long: 38.33, -109.88. Protected area: 136,626 ha. Total area: 136,626 ha.

Recognition: 2015, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


Capitol Reef International Dark Sky Park

    Capitol Reef National Park

Central lat/long: 38.36, -111.26. Protected area: 98,000 ha. Total area: 98,00 ha.

Recognition: 2015, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


Capulin Volcano National Monument International Dark Sky Park

    Capulin Volcano National Monument

Central lat/long: 36.78 -103.97. Protected area: 321 ha. Total area: 321 ha.

Recognition: 2016, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


Cedar Breaks National Monument International Dark Sky Park

    Cedar Breaks National Monument

Central lat/long: 37.64, -112.85. Protected area: 2,491 ha. Total area: 2,490 ha.

Recognition: 2017, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2c


Chaco Culture International Dark Sky Park

    Chaco Culture National Historic Park

Central lat/long: 36.06, -107.97. Protected area: 13,749 ha. Total area: 13,749 ha.

Recognition: 2013, International Dark Sky Association

    Chaco Culture World Heritage Site

DSAG class 3


Cherry Springs Dark Sky Park

    Cherry Springs State Park

Central lat/long: 41.65, -77.82. Protected area: 49 ha. Total area: 49 ha.

Recognition: 2000, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

DSAG class 2a


Clayton Lake Dark Sky Park

    Clayton Lake State Park

Central lat/long: 36.58, -103.31. Protected area: 231 ha. Total area: 231 ha.

Recognition: 2010, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


Copper Breaks International Dark Sky Park

    Copper Breaks State Park

Central lat/long: 34.11, -99.75. Protected area: 769 ha. Total area: 768 ha.

Recognition: 2014, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


Cosmic Campground International Dark Sky Sanctuary

    Gila National Forest

Central lat/long: 33.48, -108.92. Protected area: 1 ha. Total area: 1 ha.

Recognition: 2016, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


Craters Of The Moon National Monument International Dark Sky Park

    Craters of the Moon National Monument (only NPS managed part)

Central lat/long: 43.43, -113.48. Protected area: 21,618 ha. Total area: 21,618 ha.

Recognition: 2017, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


Dark Sky Coast

    Wilderness State Park

Central lat/long: 45.73, 84.85. Protected area: 8,498 ha. Total area: 8,498 ha.

Recognition: 2012, Michigan legislation

DSAG class 2a


Dead Horse Point State Park International Dark Sky Park

    Dead Horse State Park

Central lat/long: 38.51, -109.74. Protected area: 2,170 ha. Total area: 2,170 ha.

Recognition: 2016, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


Death Valley International Dark Sky Park

    Death Valley National Park

Central lat/long: 36.51, -117.08. Protected area: 1,363,000 ha. Total area: 1,363,000 ha.

Recognition: 2013, International Dark Sky Association

    Mojave and Colorado Deserts Biosphere Reserve

DSAG class 2a


Enchanted Rock International Dark Sky Park

    Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Central lat/long: 30.51, -98.82. Protected area: 665 ha. Total area: 665 ha.

Recognition: 2014, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


Flagstaff Area National Monuments International Dark Sky Park

    Walnut Canyon National Monument

    Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

    Wupatki National Monument

Central lat/long: 35.37, -111.45. Protected area: 16,994 ha. Total area: 16,994 ha.

Recognition: 2016, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


Glacier National Park International Dark Sky Park

    Glacier National Park

Central lat/long: 48.70, -113.72. Protected area: 410,100 ha. Total area: 410,077 ha.

Recognition: 2017, International Dark Sky Association

    Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park World Heritage Site

    Glacier Biosphere Reserve

DSAG class 2a


Goblin Valley State Park International Dark Sky Park

    Goblin Valley State Park

Central lat/long: 38.57, -110.71. Protected area: 1,479 ha. Total area: 1,479 ha.

Recognition: 2016, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


Grand Canyon National Park International Dark Sky Park

    Grand Canyon National Park

Central lat/long: 36.06, -112.12. Protected area: 492,608 ha. Total area: 492,608 ha.

Recognition: 2016, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


Great Basin National Park International Dark Sky Park

    Great Basin National Park

Central lat/long: 39.01, -114.22. Protected area: 31,230 ha. Total area: 31,230 ha

Recognition: 2016, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


Headlands International Dark Sky Park

    Headlands Park

Central lat/long: 45.78, -84.78. Protected area: 243 ha. Total area: 243 ha.

Recognition: 2011, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


Hovenweep International Dark Sky Park

    Hovenweep National Monument

Central lat/long: 37.28, -109.12. Protected area: 318 ha. Total area: 318 ha.

Recognition: 2014, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 3


Joshua Tree International Dark Sky Park

    Joshua Tree National Park

Central lat/long: 33.87, -115.90. Protected area: 320,717 ha. Total area: 320,717 ha.

Recognition: 2017, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


Kartchner Caverns International Dark Sky Park

    Kartchner Caverns State Park

Central lat/long: 31.84, -110.35. Protected area: unknown. Total area: unknown

Recognition: 2017, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


Kissimmee International Dark Sky Park

    Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Central lat/long: 27.56, -81.02. Protected area: 21,745 ha. Total area: 21,745 ha.

Recognition: 2016, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


Lake Hudson Recreation Area Dark Sky Preserve

    Lake Hudson Recreation Area

Central lat/long: 41.83, -84.26. Protected area: 890 ha. Total area: 890 ha.

Recognition: 1993, Michigan legislation

DSAG class 2c


Natural Bridges Dark Sky Park

    Natural Bridges National Monument

Central lat/long: 37.60, -110.01. Protected area: 3,091 ha. Total area: 3,091 ha.

Recognition: 2007, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


Negwegon Dark Sky Preserve

    Negwegon State Park 

Central lat/long: 44.87, -83.33. Protected area: 1,560 ha. Total area: 1,560 ha.

Recognition: 2016, Michigan legislation

DSAG class 2c


Newport State Park International Dark Sky Park

    Newport State Park

Central lat/long: 45.24, -86.99. Protected area: 960 ha. Total area: 960 ha.

Recognition: 2017, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


Observatory Park International Dark Sky Park

    Observatory Park

Central lat/long: 41.56, -81.20. Protected area: 418 ha. Total area: 418 ha.

Recognition: 2009, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 1


Oracle International Dark Sky Park

    Oracle State Park

Central lat/long: 32.61, -110.73. Protected area: 1,619 ha. Total area: 1,619 ha.

Recognition: 2014, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


Parashant International Night Sky Province

    Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument

Central lat/long: 36.46, -113.63. Protected area: 411,515 ha. Total area: 424,242 ha.

Recognition: 2014, International Dark Sky Association, as an International Dark Sky Reserve

DSAG class 2a


Pickett-Pogue International Dark Sky Park

    Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area

    Pickett Civilian Conservation Corps Memorial State Park

Central lat/long: 36.53, -83.15. Protected area: 1,619 ha. Total area: 1,618.8 ha.

Recognition: 2015, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


Port Crescent Dark Sky Preserve

    Port Crescent State Park

Central lat/long: 44.00, -83.07. Protected area: 49 ha. Total area: 49 ha.

Recognition: 2012, Michigan legislation

DSAG class 2a

Note: Port Crescent State Park totals 120 ha: only part is designated as a dark sky preserve


Potawatomi Dark-Sky Preserve

    Potawatomi Wildlife Park

Central lat/long: 41.23, -86.11. Protected area: 130 ha. Total area: 130 ha.

Recognition: 2009, Indiana Council on Lighting Education, Indiana legislation

DSAG class 2a


Rockport Dark-Sky Preserve

    Rockport State Recreation Area

Central lat/long: 45.21, -83.41. Protected area: 1,715 ha. Total area: 1,714 ha.

Recognition: 2016, Michigan legislation

DSAG class 2c 


Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument International Dark Sky Park

    Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

Central lat/long: 44.26, -106.09. Protected area: 433 ha. Total area: 433 ha.

Recognition: 2016, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 3


South Llano River International Dark Sky Park

    South Llano River State Park

Central lat/long: 30.45, -99.81. Protected area: 212 ha. Total area: 212 ha.

Recognition: 2017, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2c


Staunton River International Dark Sky Park

    Staunton River State Park

Central lat/long: 36.70, -77.33. Protected area: 945 ha. Total area: 945 ha.

Recognition: 2015, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


Stephen C. Foster International Dark Sky Park

    Stephen C. Foster State Park

    Okefenokee National Wilderness Refuge

Central lat/long: 30.83, -82.36. Protected area: 32 ha. Total area: 32 ha.

Recognition: 2016, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


Thompson's Harbor Dark Sky Preserve

    Thompson's Harbor State Park

Central lat/long: 45.21, -83.41. Protected area: 2,068 ha. Total area: 2,068

Recognition: 2016, Michigan legislation

DSAG class 2c 


UBarU Camp and Retreat Center International Dark Sky Park

Central lat/long: 30.19, -99.27. Protected area: none. Total area: 58 ha.

Recognition: 2015, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 4b


Weber County North Fork Park International Dark Sky Park

    Weber County North Fork Park

Central lat/long: 41.37. -110.10. Protected area: 998 ha. Total area: 998 ha.

Recognition: 2015, International Dark Sky Association

DSAG class 2a


DARK SKY COMMUNITIES


Various organizations also recognize the following dark sky communities. All are DSAG class 6.


Canada: Bon Accord; North Frontenac Township.

Denmark: Møn and Nyord.

New Zealand: Aotea/Great Barrier Island.

Poland: Sopotnia Wielka.

Portugal: Alqueva.

Spain: Gúdar Javalambre; Los Pedroches.

United Kingdom: Isle of Coll; Isle of Sark; Moffat.

United States of America: Beverly Shores; Big Park/Village of Oak Creek; Borrego Springs; Dripping Springs; Flagstaff; Homer Glen; Horseshoe Bay; Kaibab Paiute Indian Reservation (Thunder Mountain Pootsee Nightsky); Sedona; Westcliffe/Silver Cliff.