Idaho is quickly becoming a hot spot for stargazing. The state recently had the city of Ketchum named an International Dark Sky Community. Ketchum is one of only 16 cities in the country receive the title and it didn’t come easy.
Being recognized as a dark sky city means that they’ve had to make efforts to get rid of as much artificial light as possible. Receiving the title is important for the city which mostly relied on the tourist economy. Being a good stargazing location means that more people are likely to visit the city.
Also this year, the state had its Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve be named as an International Dark Sky Park. There are 40 of the parks in the country. It’s also possible that Idaho will get the country’s first International Dark Sky Reserve. There are 1,400 square miles of land that are currently being reviewed for the honor.