Colorado Stargazing: Experience the Night

In 2019, The Huerfano County Tourism Board partnered with The Headwaters Alliance, San Luis Valley Museum Association, and Custer County Tourism Board to create and launch Colorado Stargazing: Experience the Night, a self-guided stargazing tour found at www.Colorado.com/ColoradoStargazing.

Colorado Stargazing: Experience the Night connects seven Colorado locations known for their dark skies and incredible stargazing opportunities—locations that include La Veta and Cuchara. 

Not only does the Colorado.com webpage offer a map and a brief description of each location included in the experience, it also offers the best places to see the stars, stargazing events, and top daytime attractions. Additional information is also available in the media kit, which can be downloaded from Colorado.com/ColoradoStargzing.

Among the locations, visitors will find International Dark-Sky Association Designated Communities, areas just starting the designation process, and everything in between. All of these communities are unified by their high elevation and low humidity, allowing for some of the best stargazing in the world. 

In addition to La Veta and Cuchara, Westcliffe/Silver Cliff, Creede, Crestone, Lake City, and the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve are also included in the self-guided tour. 

While you can simply look up from anywhere in La Veta and Cuchara to see incredible stars, some very special places to stargaze include the Southern Colorado Astronomical Park, Uptop Historic District, Cuchara Mountain Park, Bear Lake Campground, and Blue Lake Campground.

Photo courtesy of Scot Mangold

Photo courtesy of Scot Mangold

Photo courtesy of Bob Vixie