Dark Sky

Join us in preserving the wondrous night sky in Mineral County

Did you catch the comet, NEOWISE? It was easy to spot in the night sky. HWA is delighted to share that we are working with the Creede/Mineral County Chamber of Commerce, Mineral County, the City of Creede and USFS in applying to the International Dark Sky Association for Mineral County to become a  designated Dark Sky Reserve. This effort will support the designation of the Silver Thread Byway as a Dark Sky Roadway and dovetail with Stargazing Colorado, a statewide marketing effort already featuring Creede (Google Colorado Stargazing).

International Dark Sky accreditation:

  • Promotes education
  • Protects against light pollution for generations to come
  • Prevents wasted energy on unneeded lighting
  • Gives us all a reason to stop, take a minute and look up at the inspiration of the stars

To the right you can see the map showing the Core Zones of the proposed Dark Sky Reserve as well as the Periphery Zone (in pink), which is almost the entirety of Mineral County.

The International Dark Sky Accreditation is in process! You can help

Preserving the night sky starts with you! Dark Sky friendly lighting doesn’t mean no light, it means friendly light! Here are easy ways to get started:

  • Turn lights off after 10pm, or better yet, install a timer.
  • Only turn lights on when needed – use motion sensors to save power and for safety
  • If you leave for an extended period of time (such as all winter), turn off your outdoor lights.
  • Select less bright lights, in warmer/yellow light (</= 3000 Kelvins).·      
  • Direct and shield lighting to illuminate the ground rather than the sky.
  • Kindly share information with neighbors and friends, including referring them to us for help in swapping out difficult-to-reach-bulbs.
  • Tell the City of Creede and Mineral County how important the Dark Sky is to you

Dark Sky Materials


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PO Box 518
625 USFS Rd 504.1A
Creede CO 81130


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