Summer, spring, winter, or fall, there’s nothing like sitting outside with the entire universe overhead. Thankfully, Colorado is home to some of the best stargazing sites in the country. Here is just a sampling of what this state has to offer for every stargazer.

Dinosaur National Monument

You won’t be seeing dinosaurs roaming at this site, but you will capture some great sights of the night sky. It’s one of the newest additions to the International Dark-Sky Association’s list of Dark Sky Parks, and for good reason. The park hosts night hikes for visitors, and there are plenty of places to view the night sky either with the naked eye or a telescope.

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Open year round, these are the tallest dunes in North America. They’re also home to some great stargazing. With self-guided night-time tours, you can wander the dunes under a starry sky. Many visitors say the walk is surreal, as it feels like you’re on an alien planet.

Garden of the Gods

This nature center is aptly named. Located in Colorado Springs, it’s far enough away from the city to view the night sky while also seeing the summit of Pikes Peak in the distance. The Garden of the Gods is also spectacular during the daytime, so be sure to stick around until the sun rises.

Curecanti National Recreation Area

If you come here on a clear night, you won’t just be met with stars. You’ll also be able to capture some distant planets and stardust either with the naked eye or a telescope, depending on the time of the year. And with a series of three reservoirs along the Gunnison River, the scenery is almost too beautiful to imagine.

Each of these sites truly bring out the beauty and magnificence of our universe. But you’ll also want to find a place to rest your head during the day. So as you’re planning your Colorado stargazing trip, consider staying at Eldora Lodge. We’re a centrally located B&B lodge that will able to accommodate all of your needs. Give us a call at 303-642-7181 to book your stay today!