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2021 Global Dark Sky Site Directory

These are the internationally-recognized dark-sky sanctuaries, reserves, and parks to visit for stargazing. The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) vets these locations.

U.S. Dark Sky Sanctuaries

Sanctuaries & reserves are IDA-sanctioned sites that have the darkest skies for stargazing.

      1. Name/Type
      2. Location


    U.S. Dark Sky Parks

        1. Name/Type
        2. Location

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      Dark Sky Sites Worldwide

      Worldwide light pollution map

      Dark Sky Sanctuaries & Reserves

      Sanctuaries are IDA-sanctioned locations that provide the darkest skies possible, with reserves being second.

          1. Name/Type
          2. Location
          1. Exmoor   (reserve)
          2. North Devon England
          1. Cevennes   (reserve)
          2. Cassagnas France
          1. NamibRand   (reserve)
          2. Namib Desert Namibia
          1. Aotea   (sanctuary)
          2. Great Barrier Island New Zealand
          1. Rakiura   (sanctuary)
          2. Stewart Island New Zealand
          1. Niue   (sanctuary)
          2. Niue


        Dark Sky Parks

            1. Name/Type
            2. Location
            1. Eifel   (park)
            2. N. Rhine-Westphalia Germany
            1. Bukk   (park)
            2. Miskolc Hungary