Idaho Lands First International Dark Sky Reserve In The U.S.

Dec 19, 2017

The pristine skies above the Sawtooth National Recreation Area make up about three-quarters of the newly designated Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve. Spanning 1,400 square miles, Idaho's reserve is just the 12th globally and the third largest.
Credit Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

The first International Dark Sky Reserve in the United States is located here in Idaho. Word came Monday evening officially designating the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve.

The 1,400 square mile area has some of the darkest skies in the lower 48 states. Steve Botti, the mayor of Stanley, spearheaded the effort to get the nation’s first dark sky reserve in Idaho. He sat down with Matt Guilhem to discuss the reserve and what it means.

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