WORLD LIST OF DARK SKY PLACES

Updated 18th February 2024


This is a list of dark sky places with a focus on their protected areas such as parks, reserves, protected landscapes and wilderness areas. Those without official protected areas are generally included in this list as outreach sites or communities, either urban or rural. Some exceptions apply, such as long-distance trails classed as rural areas. To be on this list, the place must be recognized by legislation or by an arms-length astronomy group.


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 is updated when 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 DarkSky International, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the Starlight Initiative, Spain, have more information on their web sites.


Additions since previous update

New Zealand: Oxford Forest International Dark Sky Park

Spain: Provincia de Soria Starlight Reserve

UK: Presteigne and Norton International Dark Sky Community

USA: Castle Valley International Dark Sky Community

USA: Jonestown International Dark Sky Community


Please send corrections and additions to this list to <dsag.iucn@gmail.com>. The current entries show the information and precision required. Thank you.


Countries or regions represented on this list

Andorra                Argentina            Australia                Austria                   Brazil

Canada                  Chile                   China                     Columbia               Croatia

Czech Republic    Denmark             France                    Germany                Greece

Hungary                Ireland                 Israel                      Italy                        Japan

Mexico                 Namibia              Netherlands            New Zealand          Poland

Portugal                Slovakia              South Africa           South Korea           Spain

Sweden                 Taiwan, Province of China                 United Kingdom    United States


Notes

    Constituent protected areas are listed. These are considered to be those recognized by the IUCN and/or defined by national or sub-national law or with a comparable land use covenant. City and town parks that are only zoned at the municipal level are not included.

    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.

    An area recognized as one dark sky place but which crosses an international boundary is noted here as separate entities for each country involved.

    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 International Biosphere Reserves and Global Geoparks 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 equally, the lower numbered class is chosen according to the following key.

 

1    Dark Sky Astronomy Site: containing at least one scientific grade research telescope supporting research, and having a surrounding protected area

2    Dark Sky Park: protected natural area

      2a  Park, reserve, habitat, natural area or other ecological or geological 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: a rural municipality, village, town or city

      6a  City, town or village

      6b  Populated rural area without a formal protected area


CLASS AND SUB-CLASS NUMBERS

Grand total = 325

Class Total

Sub-class a

Sub-class b

Sub-class c

Class 1

17

n/a

n/a

n/a

Class 2

164

112

4

48

Class 3

15

n/a

n/a

n/a

Class 4

33

8

25

n/a

Class 5

33

n/a

n/a

n/a

Class 6

60

55

8

n/a



ANDORRA

Andorra Comapedros Starlight Reserve and Starlight Tourism Destination

    Parc Natural Comunal de les Valls del Comapedrosa

Central lat/long: 42.60, 1.44. Protected area: 1,543 ha. Total area: 1,543 ha.

Recognition: 2023, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 2c


ARGENTINA

Iberá Starlight Reserve and Starlight Tourism Destination

    Iberá Provincial Park (part of)

    Iberá National Park

Central lat/long: -28.19, -57.25. Protected area: 782,500 ha. Total area: 782,500 ha.

Recognition: 2022, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 2a;


AUSTRALIA


Arkaroola Wilderness International Dark Sky Sanctuary

    Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary

Central lat/long: -30.31, 139.34. Protected area: 61,000 ha. Total area: 61,000 ha.

Recognition: 2023, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


River Murray International Dark Sky Reserve

    Swan Reach Conservation Park

    Ngaut Ngaut Park

    Brookfield Conservation Park

    Ridley Conservation Park

    Marne Valley Conservation Park

    Towitta Park Conservation Park

    Marne River Reserve

    Moorunde Wildlife Reserve

    Yookamurra Wildlife Sanctuary

Central lat/long: -34.59, 139.50. Protected area: 20,000 ha. Total area: 320,000 ha.

Recognition: 2019, DarkSky International

DSAG class 5


The Jump up International Dark Sky Sanctuary

    The Jump Up lands for the Age of Dinosaurs Museum

Central lat/long: -22.48, 143.17. Protected area: 1,400 ha. Total area: 1,400 ha.

Recognition: 2019, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a 


Warrumbungle Dark Sky Park International Dark Sky Park

    Warrumbungle National Park

Central lat/long: -31.29, 149.01. Protected area: 23,312 ha. Total area: 23,460 ha.

Recognition: 2016, DarkSky International

DSAG Class 1. Siding Springs Observatory is in the park and results in DSAG class 1. However, it is not a formal protected area, hence the 148 ha difference noted above.


AUSTRIA


Naturpark Attersee-Traunsee International Dark Sky Park

    Attersee-Traunsee Nature Park

Central lat/long: 47.88, 13.66. Protected area: 7,700 ha. Total area: 24,300 ha.

Recognition: 2016, DarkSky International

DSAG class 5


BRAZIL


Desengano State Park International Dark Sky Park

    Desengano State Park

Central lat/long: -22.08, -42.07. Protected area: 22,400 ha. 22,400 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

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 International 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


Au Diable Vert Dark Sky Preserve

Central lat/long: -45.04, -72.56. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 148 ha.

Recognition: 2018, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

DSAG class 4b


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 CanadaDSAG 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


Bon Accord International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 53.84, -113.41. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 211 ha.

Recognition: 2015, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


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

    Niagara Escarpment International Biosphere Reserve


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 International Biosphere Reserve

DSAG Class 2a


Killarney Dark Sky Preserve

• Killarney Provincial Park, Ontario

Central lat/long: 46.1, -81.39. Protected area: 48,500 ha. Total area: 48,500 ha.

Recognition: 2018, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

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


Lake Superior Provincial Park Dark Sky Preserve

    Lake Superior Provincial Park

Central lat/long: 44.59, -84.74. Protected area: 157,594 ha. Total area: 160,810

Recognition: 2018, 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

    Frontenac National Park of Québec

Central lat/long: 45.46, -71.15. Protected area: 14,138 ha. Total area: 526000 ha.

Recognition: 2007, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada; 2008, DarkSky International

DSAG class 1


Mont Tremblant National Park International Dark Sky Park

    Mont Tremblant National Park

Central lat/long: 44.49, -74.36. Protected area: 146,600 ha. Total area: 146,600 ha.

Recognition: 2023, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


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


North Frontenac Township Dark Sky Preserve

Central lat/long: 44.92, -76.94. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 116 ha.

Recognition: 2013, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

DSAG class 6b


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


Parc du Mont-Bellevue Urban Night Sky Place

    Parc du Mont-Bellevue

Central lat/long: 45.38, -71.91. Protected area: 159 ha. Total area: 175 ha.

Recognition: 2022. DarkSky International

DSAG class 4a


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


Quetico Provincial Park International Dark Sky Park

    Quetico Provincial Park

Central lat/long: 48.41, -91.54. Protected area: 475,819 ha. Total area: 475,819 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Spruce Woods Dark Sky Preserve

    Spruce Woods Provincial Park

Central lat/long: 50.04, -100.20. Protected area: 26,900 ha. Total area: 26,900 ha.

Recognition: 2020, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

DSAG class 2a


Terra Nova Dark Sky Preserve

• Terra Nova National Park, Newfoundland

Central lat/long: 48.53, -53.95. Protected area: 39,900 ha. Total area: 39,900 ha.

Recognition: 2018, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

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, DarkSky International

    Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park World Heritage Site

    Waterton International 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 International Biosphere Reserve

DSAG class 1


Gabriela Mistral Dark Sky Sanctuary

    El Totoral Reserve (AURA-O site)

Central lat/long: -30.10, -70.81. Protected area: 36,423 ha. Total area: 36,423 ha.

Recognition: 2015, DarkSky International

DSAG class 1


Mano de Desierto Starlight Tourism Destination

Central lat/long: -24.16, -70.16. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 8,000 ha.

Recognition: 2014, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 4b


Pampa Joya Starlight Tourism Destination

Central lat/long: -23.66, -70.40. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 12,600 ha.

Recognition: 2014, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 4b


CHINA


Geyuan Conservation Area for Dark and Starry Sky

    Geyuan of Shangrao Community Conservation Area for Dark and Starry Sky

Central lat/long: 28.60, 117.65. Protected area: 6,000 ha. Total area: 6,000 ha.

Recognition: 2019, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation

DSAG class 6a


Nagqu Conservation Area for Dark and Starry Sky

    Hangcuo Lake National Nature Reserve

    Nagqu China Conservation Area for Dark and Starry Sky

Central lat/long: 30.53, 91.20. Protected area: 10,000 ha. Total area: 10,000 ha.

Recognition: 2016, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation, Regional Government of Tibet; Tibetan County Nagqu, Nagqu Hangzow Lake Bird Island

DSAG class 4b


Ngari Dark Sky Reserve

    China Conservation Area for Dark and Starry Sky at Ngari

Central lat/long: 32.50, 80.12. Protected area: 250,000 ha. Total area: 250,000 ha.

Recognition: 2016; Ngari Prefecture Government; Ngari Astronomical Observatory; DarkSky International Beijing; China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation; Regional Government of Tibet

DSAG class 1


Taihang Conservation Area for Dark and Starry Sky

    Taihang of Honggu Community Conservation Area for Dark and Starry Sky

Central lat/long: 35.26, 112.04. Protected area: 710 ha. Total area: 2,040 ha.

Recognition: 2018, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation

DSAG class 2a


Xichong International Dark Sky Community

    Dapeng Peninsula National Geopark (Xichong is inside)

Central lat/long: 22.48, 114.54. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 3,600 ha.

Recognition: 2023, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6b


Yeludang Conservation Area for Dark and Starry Sky

    Yeludang of Yancheng Community Conservation Area for Dark and Starry Sky

Central lat/long: 33.06, 120.82. Protected area: 45,000 ha. Total area: 45,000 ha.

Recognition: 2018, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation

DSAG class 3


Zhaojin Conservation Area for Dark and Starry Sky

    Zhaojin Community Conservation Area for Dark and Starry Sky

Central lat/long: 35.05, 108.65. Protected area: 9,000 ha. Total area: 9,000 ha.

 Recognition: 2020, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation

DSAG class 4b


COLUMBIA


Desierto de la Tatacoa Starlight Tourism Destination

    Tatacoa Protected Natural Regional Park

Central lat/long: 3.23, -75.17. Protected area: 25,293 ha. Total area: 33,000 ha.

Recognation: 2109 Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 2a 


CROATIA


Jelsa International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 43.14, 16.84. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area 12,120 ha.

Recognition: 2022, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


Petrova Gora-Biljeg International Dark Sky Park

    Petrova Gora Significant Landscape

Central lat/long: 46.16, 16.0. Protected area: 2,735 ha. Total area: 2,929 ha.

Recognition: 2019, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c


Vrani kamen International Dark Sky Park

    Vrani kamen Park

Central lat/long: 45.6200, 17.40. Protected area: 8,000 ha. Total area: 8,000 ha.

Recognition: 2019, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c 


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 International Biosphere Reserve (Czech Republic/Poland)

DSAG class 2a

See also the joint entry with Poland


DENMARK


Møn and Nyord International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 55.00, 12.35. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 23,747 ha.

Recognition: 2017, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a

See also Møn and Nyord International Dark Sky Park, below, separately certified by DSI


Møn and Nyord International Dark Sky Park

    Møn International Biosphere Reserve

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

Recognition: 2017, DarkSky International

    Møn International Biosphere Reserve

DSAG class 2a

See also Møn and Nyord International Dark Sky Community, above, separately certified by IDA


FRANCE


Alpes Azur Mercantour International Dark Sky Reserve

    Mercantour National Park (part of)

    Gorges de Daluis Regional Nature Reserve (part of)

    Préalpes d'Azur Regional Nature Park (part of)

    Several Natura 2000 sites

    Rivière Rouge Wild River

    Rivière Clue d’Amen Wild River

    Rivière Estéron Wild River

    Cheiron Biological Reserve

Central lat/long: 43.99, 6.98. Protected area: 126,033 ha. Total area: 226,206 ha.

Recognition: 2019, DarkSky International

DSAG class 5

 

Cévennes International Dark Sky Reserve

    Cévennes National Park

Central lat/long: 44.19, 3.58.Protected area: 93,700 ha. Total area: 297,200 ha.

Recognition: 2018, DarkSky International

    The Causses and the Cévennes World Heritage Site

    Cévennes Biosphere Reserve International Biosphere Reserve

DSAG class 5


Millevaches in Limousin Regional Natural Park International Dark Sky Reserve

    Regional Natural Park of Millevaches in Limousin

    Vallée de la Vézère Regional Nature Reserve

    Domaine de Gioux Regional Nature Reserve

    Étang de Coudert Regional Nature Reserve

    Étang de Bourdeau

    Tourbière de Longerade

    Étang des Oussines

    Tourbière du Longeyroux

    Many other sites of ecological interest and wild rivers

    14 Sites of Ecological and Landscape Interest

Central lat/long: 45.79, 2.00. Protected area: 335,067 ha. Total area: 335,067 ha.

Recognition: 2022, DarkSky International

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, DarkSky International

    Pyrénées-Mont Perdu World Heritage Site

DSAG class 1


Vercors International Dark Sky Reserve

    Vercors Regional Natural Park (part of)

    National Natural Reserve of the Vercors High Plateaux

    Several Natura 2000 and other designated habitat sites

    Special Protection Area of the Hauts-Plateaux du Vercors (part of)

    Rebord meridional du Vercors

    Vercors biological integral reserve

    Archiane biological integral reserves

    Sensitive Natural Area of Alpages de Font d’Urle and Plateau d’Ambel

Central lat/long: 44.88, 5.37. Protected area: 17,030 ha. Total area: 135,449 ha.

Recognition: 2023, DarkSky International

DSAG class 5


GERMANY


Eifel National Park 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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Fulda International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 50.55, 9.68. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 10,404 ha.

Recognition: 2019, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


Pellworm Star Island International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 54.31, 8.38. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 3,740 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


Rhön International Dark Sky Reserve

    Bavarian Rhon Nature Park

    Rhön International Biosphere Reserve

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

Recognition: 2014, DarkSky International

DSAG class 5


Spiekeroog Star Island International Dark Sky Community

    Niedersächsisches Wattenmeer National Park (part of)

Central lat/long: 53.77, 7.70. Protected area:1,670 ha. Total area: 1,825 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 5


Winklmoosalm International Dark Sky Park

    Winklmoosalm Scenic Reserved Area

Central lat/long: 47.65, 12.58. Protected Area: 33 ha. Total area: 79 ha.

Recognition: 2018, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c


GREECE


Mount Aenos National Park International Dark Sky Park

    Mount Ainos National Park (Ainos on IUCN register) and Wildlife Reserve

Central lat/long: 38.16, 20.65. Protected area: 2,862 ha. Total area: 2,862 ha.

Recognition: 2023, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a 


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, DarkSky International

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, DarkSky International

    Hortobágy National Park World Heritage Site, for indigenous use of astronomy

    Hortobágy Ramsar Site

    Hortobágy International Biosphere Reserve

DSAG class 2a


Zselic National Landscape Protection Area 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: 2006, Hungarian Astronomical Association; 2009, DarkSky International

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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c


Mayo Dark Sky Park 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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


ISRAEL


Ramon Crater Nature Reserve International Dark Sky Park

    Ramon Crater Nature Reserve

    Har Hanegev Nature Reserve

    Matsuk HaTsinim Nature Reserve

Central lat/long: 30.58, 34.82. Protected area: 110,000 ha. Total area: 110,000 ha

Recognition: 2017, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c


ITALY


Val d'Aosta Starlight Stellar Park

Central lat/long: 45.79, 7.48. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 3 ha.

Recognition: 2020, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 1


JAPAN


Bisei Town International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 34.68, 133.55.Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 7,271 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park International Dark Sky Park

    Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park

Central lat/long: 24.32, 123.88. Protected area: 40,653 ha. Total area: 133,011 ha.

Recognition: 2018, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Kozushima Dark Sky Island International Dark Sky Park

Central lat/long: 34.20, 139.13. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 1,858 ha.

Recognition: 2020, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c


Minami-Rokuroshi Urban Night Sky Place

    Minamirokuroshi Prefectural Wildlife Protection Area

Central lat/long: 36.02, 136.59. Protected area: 820 ha. Total area: 1,230 ha.

Recognition: 2023, DarkSky International

DSAG class 4a


MEXICO


Greater Big Bend International Dark Sky Reserve

    Maderas del Carmen Protected Area

    Ocampo Protected Area

    Cañón de Santa Elena Protected Area

Central lat/long: 28.18, -102.81. Protected area: 751,715 ha. Total area: 755,615 ha.

Recognition: 2022, DarkSky International

DSAG class 5

See also similar entry for the USA, forming a cross border reserve.


Joya-La Berreta Urban Night Sky Place

    Joya-La Berreta Park

Central lat/long: 20.81, -100.53. Protected area: 245 ha. Total area: 245 ha.

Recognition: 20232, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c


NAMIBIA


NamibRand Nature Reserve 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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


NETHERLANDS


De Boschplaat Dark Sky Park

    De Boschplaat Nature Reserve

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

Recognition: 2015, DarkSky International

    Waddensee International 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, DarkSky International

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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 1


Aotea/Great Barrier Island International Dark Sky Sanctuary

    Aotea Conservation Park

Central lat/long: -36.17, 175.38. Protected area: 12,384 ha. Total area: 28,800 ha.

Recognition: 2017 DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c


Niue International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: -19.06, -169.92. Protected area: 0. Total area 6,467 ha.

Recognition: 2020 DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a

Note. See also Niue International Dark Sky Sanctuary, below, recognized separately by IDA. The Sanctuary and Community together make up the entire self-governing protectorate of New Zealand.


Niue International Dark Sky Sanctuary

    Huvalu Forest Conservation Area

Central lat/long: -19.0, -169.85. Protected area: 5,770 ha. Total area: 19,400 ha.

Recognition: 2020 DarkSky International

DSAG class 5

Note. See also Niue International Dark Sky Community, recognized separately by IDA. The Sanctuary and Community together make up the entire self-governing protectorate of New Zealand.


Oxford Forest International Dark Sky Park

    Oxford Forest Conservation Area

Central lat/long: -43.21, 172.03. Protected area: 13,308 ha. Total area:13,308 ha.

Recognition: 2024 DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a 


Stewart Island/Rakiura Island International Dark Sky Sanctuary

    Rakiura National Park (139,960 ha)

    Whalers' Base Marine Heritage Site

    Various small conservation reserves (22,948 ha)

Central lat/long: -46.90, 168.13. Protected area: 162,908 ha. Total area: 162,908 ha.

Recognition: 2019 DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Wai-iti International Dark Sky Park

    Wai-iti Recreation Reserve

    Tunnicliff Forest

Central lat/long: -41.38, 173.07. Protected area: 104 ha. Total area: 104 ha.

Recognition: 2020 DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c


Wairarapa International Dark Sky Reserve

    Aorangi Forest Park (19400)

    Remutaka Forest Park

    Tararua Forest Park

    Wairarapa Moana Wetlands

Central lat/long: -41.16, 175.4. Protected area: 157,449 ha. Total area: 366,500 ha.

Recognition: 2023 DarkSky International

    Wairarapa Moana Wetlands Ramsar Wetland of International Significance

DSAG class 5


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 International Biosphere Reserve

    East Beskid International Biosphere Reserve

DSAG class 1


Dobre Miasto Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 53.98, 20.40. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 486 ha.

Recognition: 2019, Ciemne Niebo Polska

DSAG class 6a


Izdebno and Chalin Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 52.75, 17.64. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: approximately 35 ha

Recognition: 2014, Ciemne Niebo Polska

DSAG class 6a


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 International Biosphere Reserve (Czech Rep/Poland)

DSAG class 2a

See also the joint entry with the Czech Republic.


Ostrowik Dark Sky Protected Area

Central lat/long: 52.09, 21.41. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: approximately 200 ha.

Recognition: 2014, Ciemne Niebo Polska

DSAG class 1


Palowice Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 50.00, 18.73. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: approximately 1,000 ha.

Recognition: 2009, Ciemne Niebo Polska

DSAG class 6a


Sopotnia Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 49.59, 19.28. Protected area: 3237.5 ha. Total area: 3237.5 ha.

Recognition: 2011, Ciemne Niebo Polska; 2023, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


PORTUGAL


Aldeias do Xisto Starlight Tourism Destination

    Protected Landscape of the Serra do Açor (part of)

    Azorean Community Complex Site (part of)

    Serra da Lousã Community Importance Site (part of)

    Naturtejo Geopark of the Iberian Peninsula (part of)

Central lat/long: 40.05, -7.95. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 416,900 ha.

Recognition: 2019, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 6a


Alqueva Starlight Tourism Destination

    Alqueva Natural Theme Park

    Evora megalithic sites

Central lat/long: 38.20, -7.50. Protected area: Unknown. Total area: 300,000 ha.

Recognition: 2011, and additions in 2018 and 2019, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 6a


Vale do Tua Starlight Tourism Destination

    Vale do Tua Regional Natural Park

Central lat/long: 41.33, -7.47. Protected area: 25,000 ha. Total area: 25,000 ha.

Recognition: 2020, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 2a


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 the 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 AFRICA


!Ae!Hai Kalahari Heritage Park International Dark Sky Sanctuary

    !Ae!Hai Kalahari Heritage Park, part of Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park with Botswana

Central lat/long: -26.15, 20.26. Protected area: 50,000 ha. Total area: 50,000 ha.

Recognition: 2019, DarkSky International

    ‡Khomani Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site

DSAG class 2b


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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 4b


SPAIN


Albanyà International Dark Sky Park

    Parc d’Espai d’Interès Natural Alta Garrotxa (part of)

Central lat/long: 42.31, 2.71. Protected area: 8,862 ha. Total area: 9,439 ha.

Recognition: 2017, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c

See also Bassegoda Park Starlight Camp


Aldeire Starlight Wilderness

Central lat/long: 37.15, -3.17. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 6,700 ha.

Recognition: 2018, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 4b


Alto Turia Starlight Tourism Destination

Central lat/long: 39.80, -1.06. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 82,337 ha.

Recognition: 2018, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 6b


Bassegoda Park Starlight Camp

    Parc d’Espai d’Interès Natural Alta Garrotxa (part of)

Central lat/long: 42.32, 2.66. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 2 ha (estimate)

Recognition: 2015, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 4b

See also Albanyà International Dark Sky Park, in which this site is located.


Camino Barranca de Badajoz Starlight Wilderness

    Corona Forestal Natural Park (part of)

Central lat/long: 28.30, -16.44. Protected area: 1 ha. Total area: 1 ha.

Recognition: 2019, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 4b


Camino Natural Via Verde del Ferrocarril Vasco Navarro Starlight Walking Trail

    Camino Natural Via Verde del Ferrocarril Vasco Navarro

Central lat/long: 42.67, -2.28. Protected area: 4,000 ha. Total area: 4,000 ha.

      Area estimated from reported length of 101.5 km and assumed width of 4 m.

Recognition: 2018, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSDAG class 2c


Centro Astronómico Tiedra Stellar Park

Central lat/long: 41.66, -5.2672. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 5 ha.

Recognition: 2016, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 4b


Centro Interpretación Cielo Gorafe Stellar Park

Central lat/long: 37.48, -3.04. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 0.2 ha.

Recognition: 2017, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 3


Cielos de Guadalajara Starlight Reserve and Starlight Tourism Destination

    Barranco del Río Dulce National Park

    Sierra de Ayllón Mational Park

    Alto Tajo Natural Park

    Sierra de Caldereros Natural Monument

    Prados Húmedos de Torremocha del Pinar Microreserve

Central lat/long: 40.85, 1.88. Protected area: 132,503 ha. Total area: 245,000 ha. (estimate)

Recognition: 2022, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 5


Comarca Cuencas Mineras Starlight Reserve and Starlight Tourism Destination

Central lat/long: 41.26, -1.59. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 140,760 ha.

Recognition: 2018, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 6b


Cumbres de Tenerife Starlight Reserve and El Teide Starlight 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


El Jabalón Stellar Park

Central lat/long: 40.23, -1.42. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 0.6 ha.

Recognition: 2018, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 4b


Fuencaliente de La Palma (Canarias) Starlight Tourism Destination

Central lat/long: 28.48, -17.83. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 5,642 ha.

Recognition: 2020, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 2c


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: 2015, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

    Saladar de Jandía Ramsar Site

    Fuerteventura International Biosphere Reserve

DSAG class 5


Granadilla de Abona Starlight Tourism Destination

Central lat/long: 28.12, -16.5. Protected area: none. Total area: 16,240 ha.

Recognition: 2012, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 6b


Gran Canaria Starlight Tourism Destination

    28 of several types

Central lat/long: 27.97, -15.60. Protected area: 72,557 ha. Total area: 156,000 ha.

Recognition: 2017, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

    Gran Canaria International Biosphere Reserve

DSAG class 6b


Gredos Starlight Reserve

    Parque Regional de Gredos

Central lat/long: 40.25, -5.45. Protected area: 86,236 ha. Total area: 86,236 ha.

Recognition: 2020, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 1 


Gredos Norte Starlight Reserve and Starlight Tourism Destination

    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 4


Huerto Alegre Starlight Farm

    Sierra Nevada National Park (part of)

Central lat/long: 36.88, -3.74. Protected area: 5 ha. Total area: 5 ha.

Recognition: 2017, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 4b


Jardin Botánico de Santa Catalina Stellar Park

    Jardin Botánico de Santa Catalina

Central lat/long: 42.85, -2.8. Protected area: 3.3 ha. Total area: 3.3 ha.

Recognition: 2015, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 4a


La Estela de Cigüela Starlight Walking Trail

    Senda de La Estela de Cigüela

Central lat/long: 39.60, 3.13. Protected area: 1,402 ha. Total area: 1,402 ha.

Recognition: 2021, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 2c


La Matanza de Acentejo Starlight Tourism Destination

    Protected Landscape of the Costa de Acentejo (part of)

    Protected Landscape of Las Lagunetas (part of)

Central lat/long: 28.45, -16.46. Protected area: 1,411 ha. Total area: 1,411 ha.

Recognition: 2019, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative).

DSAG class 4b


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 International Biosphere Reserve

DSAG class 1


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

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

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

Recognition: 2012, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

    Valles del Jubera, Leza, Cidacos y Alhama International Biosphere Reserve

DSAG class 2a


Los Pedroches Starlight Reserve

Central lat/long: 38.42, -4.08. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 350,000 ha.

Recognition: 2016, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 6a


Menorca Starlight Reserve and Starlight Tourism Destination

    S’Albufera des Grau Natural Park

Central lat/long: 40.08, 3.88. Protected area: 2,547 ha. Total area: 70,200 ha.

Recognition: 2019, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 5


Monfragüe Starlight Tourism Destination

    Monfragüe National Park and International Biosphere Reserve

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

Recognition: 2016, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 5


Montsec Starlight Reserve and Starlight 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, 0.80. Protected area: 160,000 ha. Total area: 160,000 ha.

Recognition: 2013, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

    Conca de Tremp-Montsec UNESCO Geopark

DSAG class 1


Muras Starlight Tourism Destination

Central lat/long: 43.49, -7.60. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 16,380 ha.

Recognition: 2020, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 2c


Muriel Viejo Starlight Tourism Destination

Central lat/long: 41.78, -2.92. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 1,100 ha.

Recognition: 2013, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 6a


Observatorio Astronómico de la Hita Starlight Stellar Park

Central lat/long: 39.66, 3.12 ha. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 1 ha.

Recognition: 2021, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 1


Observatorio Cabeza de la Jara Starlight Stellar Park

    Cabezo de la Jara Site of Community Importance

Central lat/long: 37.56, 1.87. Protected area: 1 ha. Total area: 1 ha.

Recognition: 2020, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 4b


Parque Nacional das Illas Atlánticas de Galicia Starlight Tourism Destination

    Galician Atlantic Islands Maritime-Terrestrial National Park

Central lat/long: 42.38, -8.93. Protected area: 8,480 ha. Total area: 8,480 ha.

Recognition: 2016, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 2a


Parque Nacional de Algüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici Starlight Tourism Destination

    Parque Nacional de Algüestortes I Estany de Sant Maurici

Central lat/long: 42.59, 0.97. Protected area: 14,119 ha. Total area: 40,852 ha.

Recognition: 2018, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 2a


Provincio de Soria Starlight Reserve

    Cañón del Río Lobos National Park

Central lat/long: 41.67, -2.67. Protected area: 6,802 ha. Total area: 1,030,600 ha.

Recognition: 2023, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 5


Quimpi Starlight Camp

    Protected Landscape of Las Lagunetas (part of)

Central lat/long: 28.41, -16.41. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: Unknown

Recognition: 2015, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 4b 


Santiago-Pontones Starlight Wilderness

    Santiago-Pontones Natural Park

Central lat/long: 38.08, -2.69. Protected area: unknown. Total area: 84,200 ha.

Recognition: 2016, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 4b


Senda de Los Pastores Starlight Walking Trail

    Senda de Los Pastores

Central lat/long: 40.12, 3.01. Protected area: 1,500 ha. Total area: 1,500 ha.

Recognition: 2021, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 2c


Serranía de Cuenca Starlight Tourism Destination

    Serranía de Cuenca Natural Park and Special Protection Area

Central lat/long: 40.13, -1.99. Protected area: 192,461 ha. Total area: 192,461 ha.

Recognition: 2017, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 2a


Sierra de Albarracín Starlight Reserve and Starlight Tourism Destination

    Albarracín Cultural Park

Central lat/long: 40.41, -1.47. Protected area: Unknown. Total area: 45,272 ha.

Recognition: 2020, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

    Mudejar Architecture of Aragon World Heritage Site

DSAG class 5


Sierra de Alcaraz y Campo de Montiel Starlight Tourism Destination

    La encantada, el Moral y los Torreones Site of Community Importance

    Parque Natural de Lagunas de Ruidera

    Microreserve Salinas de Pinilla

    Zona esteparia de El Bonillo Special Protection Area

    Reserva Natural Laguna de los Ojos de Villaverde

    Monumento Natural Laguna del Arquillo

    Sierra del Relumbrar y estribaciones de Alcaraz Site of Community Importance

    Microrreserva La Molata and Los Batanes

    Microrreserva Estrecho del Hocin

    Sierra de Alcaraz y Segura Site of Community Importance

    Parque Natural de los Calares

Central lat/long: 38.76, 2.38. Protected area: 367 ha. Total area: 367 ha.

Recognition: 2020, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 2a


Sierra del Segura Starlight Tourism Destination

    Nerpio World Heritage Ssite

    Parque Natural de los Calares del Mundo y de la Sia

    Reserva Natural de la Sierra de las Cabras

    Historic-Artistic Complex Férez y Socovos

Central lat/long: 38.30, -2.66. Protected area: 268 ha. Total area: 268 ha.

Recognition: 2020, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 2a


Sierra Morena Andaluza Starlight Reserve and Starlight Tourism Destination

    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 International 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 International Biospshere Reserve

DSAG class 1


Sierra Sur de Jaén Starlight Reserve and Starlight Tourism Destination

    Laguna Honda Nature Reserve, 157 ha.

    Laguna del Chinche Nature Reserve, 7 ha.

    Paraje de Pitillos Natural Monument (no area data)

Central lat/long: 37.65, -3.90. Protected area: 164 ha. Total area: 78,427 ha.

Recognition: 2014, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 2c


Territorio Gúdar Javalambre Starlight Reserve and Starlight Tourism Destination

Central lat/long: 40.23, -0.68. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 235,160 ha.

Recognition: 2016, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 6a


Trevinca Starlight Tourism Destination

    Pena Trevinca Special Protection Area

Central lat/long: 42.24, -6.80. Protected area: 22,511 ha. Total area: 22,510 ha.

Recognition: 2015, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 2a


Valle de Alcudia y Sierra Madrona Starlight Tourism Destination

    Contains other sites of various protection status

Central lat/long: 38.52, -4.31. Protected area: 149,463 ha. Total area: 149,463 ha.

Recognition: 2019, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 5


Valle del Roncal Starlight Tourism Destination

Central lat/long: 42.82, -0.95. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 41,194 ha.

Recognition: 2017, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 6b


SWEDEN


Campalta Starlight Camp

    Abisko National Park (part of)

Central lat/long: 67.82, 20.54. Protected area: Unknown. Total area: Unknown

Recognition: 2017, Fundación Starlight (Starlight Initiative)

DSAG class 4b


TAIWAN, PROVINCE OF CHINA


Hehuan Mountain International Dark Sky Park

    Taroko National Park (part of)

    Hehuanshan Forest Recreational Park (part of)

Central lat/long: 24.12, 121.29. Protected area: 1,345 ha. Total area: 1,345 ha.

Recognition: 2019, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c


done to here


UNITED KINGDOM


Bannau Brycheiniog National Park International Dark Sky Reserve

    Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons National Park)

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

Recognition: 2013, DarkSky International

    Fforest Fawr UNESCO Global Geopark

DSAG class 5


Bodmin Moor Dark Sky Landscape 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, DarkSky International

    Cornish Mining World Heritage Site

DSAG class 5


Coll International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 56.63, -6.56. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 7,700 ha.

Recognition: 2013, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


Cranborne Chase International Dark Sky Reserve

    Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Central lat/long: 51.10, -2.03. Protected area: 98,300 ha. Total area: 98,300 ha.

Recognition: 2019, DarkSky International

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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Eryri National Park International Dark Sky Reserve

    Eryri National Park (Snowdonia) National Park

Central lat/long: 52.90, -3.90. Protected area: 213,156 ha. Total area: 213,156 ha.

Recognition: 2015, DarkSky International

    Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd

DSAG class 5


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, DarkSky International

    Braunton Burrows-North Devon International Biosphere Reserve

DSAG class 5


Galloway Forest Park 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, DarkSky International

    Galloway and South Ayrshire International Biosphere Reserve

DSAG class 5


Moffat International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 55.34, -3.44. 03. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 14,700 ha.

Recognition: 2016, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


Moore’s Reserve 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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 5


North Ronaldsay Dark Sky Island International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 59.37, -2.42. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 690 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water and Forest Park 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, I DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c


North York Moors National Park International Dark Sky Reserve

    North York Moors National Park

    Cropton, Dalby, Langdale, Wykeham and Broxa Forests

    700 Scheduled Monuments; 57 Sites of Special Scientific Interest; 5 Special Areas of Conservation

Central lat/long: 54.38, -0.75. Protected area: 143,600 ha. Total area: 143,600 ha.

Recognition: 2020, DarkSky International

DSAG class 5

 

OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory International Dark Sky Park

    Davagh Forest, part of Sperrin Mountains Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    Beaghmore Stone Circles; part of Sperrin Mountains Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Central lat/long: 54.71, -6.90. Protected area: 1,500 ha. Total area: 1,500 ha.

Recognition: 2020, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c


Pitcairn Islands International Dark Sky Sanctuary

    Henderson Island Protected Area

Central lat/long: -25.07, -130.10. Protected area: 3,730 ha. Total area: 4,325 ha.

Recognition: 2019, DarkSky International

    Henderson Island World Heritage Site

DSAG class 5

Note: the Pitcairn Islands form a British Overseas Territory


Presteigne and Norton International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 52.27, -3.01. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 4,000 ha.

Recognition: 2024, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a



Sark International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 49.43,-2.37. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 545 ha.

Recognition: 2011, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


Tomintoul and Glenlivet - Cairngorms International Dark Sky Park

    Cairngorms National Park (part of)

Central lat/long: 57.24, -3.35. Protected area: 20,400 ha. Total area: 24,400 ha.

Recognition: 2018, DarkSky International

DSAG class 5 


West Penwith International Dark Sky Park

    Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (part of); numerous small natural and cultural heritage protected sites

Central lat/long: 50.14, -5.58. Protected area: 13,584 ha. Total area: 13,584 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c


Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island) International Dark Sky Sanctuary

    Ynys Enllii National Nature Reserve

    Ynys Enllii Sight of Special Scientific Interest

    Ynys Enllii Special Protected Sight

    Llŷn Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Central lat/long: 52.76, -4.79. Protected area: 179 ha. Total area: 179 ha.

Recognition: 2023, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c


Yorkshire Dales National Park International Dark Sky Reserve

    Yorkshire Dales National Park; Sites of Special Scientific Interest; Special Areas of Conservation; Special Protection Areas; 293 Scheduled Monuments; 25 Grade 1 Listed Buildings

Central lat/long: 54.3, -2.11. Protected area: 217,900 ha. Total area: 217,900 ha.

Recognition: 2020, DarkSky International

DSAG class 5


UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


AMC Maine Woods International Dark Sky Park

    Main Woods Initiative Lands

Central lat/long: 45.68, -69.33. Protected area: 29,903 ha. Total area: 29,903 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Anza-Borrego Desert State Park International Dark Sky Park

    Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Central lat/long: 33.26, -116.40. Protected area: 240,530 ha. Total area: 240,530 ha.

Recognition: 2018, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Arches National Park International Dark Sky Park

    Arches National Park

Central lat/long: 38.68, -109.57. Protected area: 31,031 ha. Total area: 31,031 ha.

Recognition: 2019, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Bee Cave International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 30.31, -97.96. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 3,911 ha.

Recognition: 2023, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


Beverley Shores International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 41.68, -86.99. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 1,510 ha.

Recognition: 2014, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


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, DarkSky International

    Big Bend International Biosphere Reserve (Chihuahuan Desert Biosphere Reserve)

DSAG class 2a


Big Bend Ranch State Park International Dark Sky Park

    Big Bend Ranch State Park

    Fort Leaton State Historic Site

    Sauceda Historic District

Central lat/long: 29.53, -104.15. Protected area: 127,651 ha. Total area: 127,651 ha.

Recognition: 2017, DarkSky International

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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Big Park/Village of Oak Creek International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 34.80, -111.80. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 1,176 ha.

Recognition: 2016, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Black Gap Wildlife Management Area International Dark Sky Sanctuary

    Black Gap Wildlife Management Area

Central lat/long: 29.57, -102.90. Protected area: 41,683 ha. Total area: 41,683 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c


Blanco International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 30.10, -98.42. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 829 ha.

Recognition: 2022, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


Borrego Springs International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 33.25, -116.37. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 11,000 ha.

Recognition: 2009, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


Boundary Waters Canoe Area International Dark Sky Sanctuary

    Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

    Superior National Forest

Central lat/long: 48.02, -99.21. Protected area: 444,345 ha. Total area: 444,345 ha.

Recognition: 2020, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a 


Bryce Canyon National Park International Dark Sky Park

    Bryce Canyon National Park

Central lat/long: 37.63, -112.17. Protected area: 14,502 ha. Total area: 14,502 ha.

Recognition: 2019, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Buffalo National River International Dark Sky Park

    Buffalo National River

    Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area

    Ponca Wilderness Area

    Lower Buffalo Wilderness Area 

Central lat/long: 35.97, -92.89. Protected area: 38,159 ha. Total area: 38,159 ha.

Recognition: 2019, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c


Camp Verde International Dark Sky Community

    Fort Verde State Historic Park (4.9 ha)

    Shield Ranch (123.8 ha)

Central lat/long: 34.56, -111.85. Protected area: 129 ha. Total area: 11,173 ha.

Recognition: 2018, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Capitol Reef National Park International Dark Sky Park

    Capitol Reef National Park

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

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Castle Valley International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 38.64, -109.41. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 2,404 ha.

Recognition: 2024, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c


Central Idaho International Dark Sky Reserve

    Sawtooth National Recreation Area

    Sawtooth Wilderness Area

    White Clouds Wilderness Area

    Hemingway-Boulders

    Sawtooth National Forest

Central lat/long: 44.03, -114.81. Protected Area: 306,000 ha. Total area: 366,800 ha.

Recognition: 2017, DarkSky International

DSAG class 5


Chaco Culture National Historical Park 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, DarkSky International

    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: 2008, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

DSAG class 2a


Chiricahua National Monument International Dark Sky Park

    Chiricahua National Monument

    Coronado National Memorial

    Fort Bowie National Historic Site

Central lat/long: 32.01, -109.36. Protected area: 4,866 ha. Total area: 4,866 ha.

Recognition: 2011, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


City of Rocks National Reserve International Dark Sky Park

    City of Rocks Natural Reserve

Central lat/long: 42.09, -113.70. Protected area: 4,306 ha. Total area: 4,306 ha.

Recognition: 2023, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c


Clayton Lake State Park Dark Sky Park

    Clayton Lake State Park

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

Recognition: 2010, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Copper Breaks State Park 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, DarkSky International

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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Cottonwood International Dark Sky Community

    Coconino National Forest (part of)

    Prescott National Forest (part of)

    Dead Horse Ranch State Park (part of)

    State Trust Lands

Central lat/long: 34.73, -112.02. Protected area: 1,700 ha. Total area: 4,299 ha.

Recognition: 2019, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Crestone International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 38.00, -105.70. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 109 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


Curecenti National Recreation AreaInternational Dark Sky Park

    Curecenti National Recreation Area

Central lat/long: 38.47, -107.17. Protected area: 16,997 ha. Total area: 16,997 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c


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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Death Valley National Park 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, DarkSky International

    Mojave and Colorado Deserts International Biosphere Reserve

DSAG class 2a


Devil's River State Natural Area International Dark Sky Sanctuary

    Devil's River State Natural Area, Del Norte Unit

Central lat/long: 29.96, -100.94. Protected area: 8,093 ha. Total area: 8,093 ha.

Recognition: 2019, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Dinosaur National Monument International Dark Sky Park

    Dinosaur National Monument

Central lat/long: 40.52, -109.02. Protected area: 85,326 ha. Total area: 85,326 ha.

Recognition: 2019, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Dr. T.K. Lawless County Park International Dark Sky Park

    Dr. T.K. Lawless County Park

Central lat/long: 41.90, -85.86. Protected area: 344 ha. Total area: 344 ha.

Recognition: 2020, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c


Dripping Springs International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 30.20, -98.09.43. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 30,300 ha.

Recognition: 2014, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


El Morro National Monument International Dark Sky Park

    El Morro National Monument

Central lat/long: 35.04, -108.35. Protected area: 1,278 ha. Total area: 1,278 ha.

Recognition: 2019, DarkSky International

DSAG class 3


East Canyon State Park International Dark Sky Park

    East Canyon State Park

Central lat/long: 40.90, -111.59. Protected area: 295 ha. Total area: 295 ha.

Recognition: 2020, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c 


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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Flagstaff International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 31.20, -111.63.11 Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 25,500 ha.

Recognition: 2001, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument International Dark Sky Park

    Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Central lat/long: 38.91, -105.29. Protected area: 2,427 ha. Total area: 2,427 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a 


Fort Union National Monument International Dark Sky Park

    Fort Union National Monument

Central lat/long: 35.91, -105.15. Protected area: 292 ha. Total area: 292 ha.

Recognition: 2019, DarkSky International

DSAG class 3


Fountain Hills International Dark Sky Community

    Fountain Hills McDowell Mountain Preserve

Central lat/long: 33.60, -111.72. Protected area: 300 ha. Total area: 5,273 ha.

Recognition: 2018, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


Fredericksburg International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 30.27, -98.87. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 2,330 ha.

Recognition: 2020, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


Fremont Indian State Park International Dark Sky Park

    Fremont Indian State Park

Central lat/long: 38.58, -112.33. Protected area: 486 ha. Total area: 486 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

DSAG class 3


Fry Family Park Urban Night Sky Place

Central lat/long: 40.66, -81.34. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 140 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6b

Geauga Observatory Park International Dark Sky Park

    Geauga Observatory Park

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

Recognition: 2009, DarkSky International

DSAG class 1


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, DarkSky International

    Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park World Heritage Site

    Glacier International 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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Goosenecks State Park International Dark Sky Park

    Goosenecks State Park

Central lat/long: 37.18, -109.92. Protected area: 4 ha. Total area: 4 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c


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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument 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, DarkSky International, as an International Dark Sky Reserve

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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve International Dark Sky Park

    Great Sand Dunes National Park; Great Sand Dunes Preserve

Central lat/long: 37.73, -105.51. Protected area: 60,500 ha. Total area: 60,500 ha.

Recognition: 2019, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Greater Big Bend International Dark Sky Reserve

    Big Bend National Park

    Big Bend Ranch State Park

    Davis Mountains Preserve

    Black Gap Wildlife Management Area

    Davis Mountains State Park

    Balmorhea State Park

    Rio Grande Scenic River

    Fort Davis Historic Site

Central lat/long: 30.08, -103.81. Protected area: 465,255 ha. Total area: 3,568,145 ha.

Recognition: 2022, DarkSky International

DSAG class 5

See also similar entry for Mexico, forming a cross-border reserve, recognized by IDA together as one entity. Contains the previously recognized Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park International Dark Sky Parks


Groveland International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 28.60, -81.82. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 7,100 ha.

Recognition: 2023, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


Hawthorn Woods International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 42.23, -88.07. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 5,828 ha.

Recognition: 2020, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


Headlands International Dark Sky Park

    Headlands Park

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

Recognition: 2011, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Helper International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 39.69, -110.8. Protected area: 460 ha. Total area: 460 ha.

Recognition: 2020, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


Homer Glen International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 41.63, -87.94.14. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 5,800 ha.

Recognition: 2011, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


Horseshoe Bay International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 30.56,-98.36. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 1,092 ha.

Recognition: 2015, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


Hovenweep National Monument International Dark Sky Park

    Hovenweep National Monument

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

Recognition: 2014, DarkSky International

DSAG class 3


Jackson Lake State Park International Dark Sky Park

    Jackson Lake State Park

Central lat/long: 40.39, -104.07. Protected area: 2,143 ha. Total area: 2,143 ha.

Recognition: 2020, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c


James River State Park International Dark Sky Park

    James River State Park

Central lat/long: 37.62, -78.81. Protected area: 632 ha. Total area: 632 ha.

Recognition: 2018, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c


Jonestown International Dark Sky Community

    Jones Brothers Park

    Veterans Park

Central lat/long: 30.48, -97.93. Protected area: 13 ha. Total area: 1,968 ha.

Recognition: 2024, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


Jordanelle State Park International Dark Sky Park

    Jordanelle State Park

Central lat/long: 40.61, -111.41. Protected area: 2,713 ha. Total area: 2,713 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c


Joshua Tree National Park 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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Julian International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 33.08, -116.60. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 2,030 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


Kartchner Caverns State Park International Dark Sky Park

    Kartchner Caverns State Park

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

Recognition: 2017, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Katahdin International Dark Sky Sanctuary

    Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

Central lat/long: 45.85, -68.75. Protected area: 35,410 ha. Total area: 35,410 ha.

Recognition: 2020, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c


Ketchum International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 43.68, -114.37. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 843 ha.

Recognition: 2017, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


Keweenaw International Dark Sky Park

    Keweenaw Mountain Lodge (conservation easement)

Central lat/long: 47.46, -87.90. Protected area: 72 ha. Total area: 72 ha.

Recognition: 2022, DarkSky International

DSAG class 4b


Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park 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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Lake Fork Earth and Sky Center International Dark Sky Park

    Slumgullion Earthflow National Natural Landmark (part of)

Central lat/long: 37.99, -107.29. Protected area: 24 ha. Total area: 24 ha.

Recognition: 2020, DarkSky International

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


Lakewood Village International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 33.14, -96.97. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 189 ha.

Recognition: 2020, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge International Dark Sky Sanctuary

    Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge

Central lat/long: 48.18, -114.91. Protected area: 3,733 ha. Total area: 3,733 ha.

Recognition: 2022, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a 


Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park International Dark Sky Park

    Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park

Central lat/long: 30.24, -98.62. Protected area: 273 ha. Total area: 635 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

DSAG class 3


Mammoth Cave National Park International Dark Sky Park

    Mammoth Cave National Park

Central lat/long: 37.19, -86.00. Protected area: 21,380 ha. Total area 21,380 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Massacre Rim Wilderness Area International Dark Sky Sanctuary

    Massacre Rime Wilderness Study Area

    Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge

Central lat/long: 41.74, -119.59. Protected area: 113 ha. Total area: 40,990 ha.

Recognition: 2019, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c


Mayland Earth to Sky Park and Bare Dark Sky Observatory 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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 4b


Medicine Rock State Park International Dark Sky Sanctuary

    Medicine Rock State Park

Central lat/long: 46.05, -104.46. Protected area: 134 ha. Total area: 134 ha.

Recognition: 2020, DarkSky International

DSAG class 3


Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area International Dark Sky Park

    Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area

Central lat/long: 42.61, -100.88. Protected area: 295 ha. Total area: 295 ha.

Recognition: 2022, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c


Mesa Verde National Park International Dark Sky Park

    Mesa Verde National Park (part of)

Central lat/long: 37.18, -108.49. Protected area: 21,146 ha. Total area: 21,146 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

DSAG class 3


Middle Fork River Forest Preserve International Dark Sky Park

    Middle Fork River Forest Preserve

    Middle Fork River Wild and Scenic River

    Middle Fork River Wildlife Management Area

Central lat/long: 40.38, -87.97. Protected area: 688 ha. Total area: 688 ha.

Recognition: 2018, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Milton Reimers Ranch Park International Dark Sky Park

    Reimers Ranch Park

    Reimers Parkland Reserve

    Pogue Springs Reserve

    Hogge Parkland Reserve

Central lat/long: 30.37, -98.12. Protected area: 970 ha. Total area: 982 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

DSAG class 4b 


Natural Bridges National Monument 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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Natural Bridge State Park International Dark Sky Park

    Natural Bridge State Park

Central lat/long: 37.63, -79.54. Protected area: 623 ha. Total area: 623 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Norwood International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 38.13, -108.29. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 78.0 ha.

Recognition: 2019, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


Nucla-Naturita International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 38.24, -108.56. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 360 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


Obed Wild and Scenic River International Dark Sky Park

    Obed Wild and Scenic River

Central lat/long: 36.11, -84.60. Protected area: 2,023 ha. Total area: 2,023 ha.

Recognition: 2017, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c 


Oracle State Park 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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Palos Preserves Urban Night Sky Place

    Cook County Forest Preserve District

Central lat/long: 41.71, -87.87. Protected area: 2,696 ha. Total area: 2,696 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


Petrified Forest National Park International Dark Sky Park

    Petrified Forest National Park, including Rainbow Forest Historic District

Central lat/long: 35.98, -109.77. Protected area: 59,461 ha. Total area: 59,461 ha.

Recognition: 2018, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a

 

Pickett CCC Memorial State Park and Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area 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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Pipe Spring National Monument International Dark Sky Park

    Pipe Spring National Monument

Central lat/long: 36.86, -112.74. Protected area: 16 ha. Total area: 16 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

DSAG class 3


Pisgah Astronomical Research Institue International Dark Sky Park

    Pisgah National Forest (part of)

Central lat/long: 35.20, -82.88. Protected area: 81 ha. Total area: 81 ha.

Recognition: 2020, DarkSky International

DSAG class 4b


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


Prineville Reservoir State Park International Dark Sky Park

    Prineville Reservoir State Park

Central lat/long: 44.14, -120.73. Protected area: 118 ha. Total area: 118 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c


Rainbow Bridge International Dark Sky Sanctuary

    Rainbow Bridge National Monument, within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area of which 34.3 ha is the Rainbow Bridge Traditional Cultural Property

Central lat/long: 37.08, -110.96. Protected area: 65 ha. Total area: 65 ha.

Recognition: 2018, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2b


Rappahannock County Park International Dark Sky Park

    Rappahannock County Park

Central lat/long: 38.71, -78.15. Protected area: 3 ha. Total area: 3 ha.

Recognition: 2019, DarkSky International

DSAG class 4a


Ridgway International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 38.15, -107.76. Protected area: 0. Total area: 479 ha.

Recognition: 2020, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a 


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


Rockport State Park International Dark Sky Park

    Rockport State Park

Central lat/long: 40.79, -111.40. Protected area: 749 ha. Total area: 749 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 3


Sedona International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 34.87, -111.76. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 4,970 ha.

Recognition: 2014, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


Sky Meadows State Park International Dark Sky Park

    Sky Meadows State Park

Central lat/long: 38.99, -77.97. Protected area: 754 ha. Total area: 754 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

DSAG class 3


South Llano River State Park 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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c


Stacy Park Urban Night Sky Place

Central lat/long: 38.67, -90.39. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 14 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


Springdale International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 31.18, -113.00. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 1,196 ha.

Recognition: 2023, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


Staunton River State Park 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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Steinaker State Park International Dark Sky Park

    Steinaker State Park

    Flaming Gorge-Uintas National Scenic Byway

Central lat/long: 40.52, -109.53. Protected area: 924 ha. Total area: 924 ha.

Recognition: 2018, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c


Stephen C. Foster State Park 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, DarkSky International

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


Thunder Mountain Pootsee Nightsky International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 36.90, -112.75 Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 48,904 ha.

Recognition: 2015, DarkSky International. Also recognized by IDA as Kaibab Pauite Indian Reservation Dark Sky Nation.

DSAG class 6a


Timpanagos Cave National Monument Urban Night Sky Place

    Timpanagos Cave National Monument

Central lat/long: 40.44, -111.71. Protected area: 101 ha. Total area:101 ha.

Recognition: 2020, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Tonto National Monument International Dark Sky Park

    Tonto National Monument

Central lat/long: 33.66, -111.09. Protected area: 453 ha. Total area: 453 ha.

Recognition: 2019, DarkSky International.

DSAG class 3


Top of the Pines International Dark Sky Park

    Top of the Pines Recreation Area

Central lat/long: 38.11, -107.79. Protected area: 71 ha. Total area: 71 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International.

DSAG class 2c


Torrey International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 38.30, -111.42. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 130ha.

Recognition: 2018, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


Tumacácori National Historical Park International Dark Sky Park

    Tumacácori National Historical Park

Central lat/long: 31.57, -111.05. Protected area: 146 ha. Total area: 146 ha.

Recognition: 2018, DarkSky International

DSAG class 3


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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 4b


Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge Urban Night Sky Place

    Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge

Central lat/long: 34.97, -106.67. Protected area: 231 ha. Total area: 231 ha.

Recognition: 2019, DarkSky International

DSAG class 4a


Valles Caldera National Preserve International Dark Sky Park

    Valles Caldera National Preserve

Central lat/long: 35.90, -106.53. Protected area: 36,017 ha. Total area: 36,017 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Voyageurs National Park International Dark Sky Park

    Voyageurs National Park

Central lat/long: 48.48, -92.85. Protected area: 88,221 ha. Total area: 88,221 ha.

Recognition: 2020, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Watoga State Park International Dark Sky Park

    Watoga State Park

    Calvin Price State Forest

    Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park

Central lat/long: 38.12, -80.13. Protected area: 8,041 ha. Total area: 8,041 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2c 


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, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a


Westcliffe/Silver Cliff International Dark Sky Community

Central lat/long: 38.13,-105.45. Protected area: 0 ha. Total area: 43,300 ha.

Recognition: 2015, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


Wimberley Valley International Dark Sky Community

    Jacob’s Well Natural Area, 33 ha.; Blue Hole Regional Park, 51 ha.

Central lat/long: 29.99, -98.09. Protected area: 84 ha. Total area: 4,440 ha.

Recognition: 2018, DarkSky International

DSAG class 6a


Zion National Park International Dark Sky Park

    Zion National Park

Central lat/long: 37.30, -113.00. Protected area: 59,326 ha. Total area: 59,326 ha.

Recognition: 2021, DarkSky International

DSAG class 2a