Amazing Skies Await

Did you know that 80 Percent of Americans can’t see the milky way anymore? And yes, pollution is to blame. Our skies are so clouded now that most people will live their entire lives without getting an untarnished look at our amazing galaxy.

The International Dark-Sky Association’s designation requires public and private lands to “possess an exceptional or distinguished quality of night sky, view of the stars and nocturnal environment". The association gave the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve “Gold Tier” status, its highest ranking of the quality of the night sky.

Hotel Ketchum, situated in the heart of the International Dark Skies Reserve, is helping shed light on this amazing spectacle by adhering to the local outdoor lighting ordinance, working with the Idaho Conservation League to promote educational events and supplying visitors with all the essentials for a beautiful night of stargazing.

Upcoming Celestial and Lunar Events:

New Moons 2023: The sky is darkest on New Moon nights, which makes for great stargazing!

  • September 15
  • October 14
  • November 13
  • December 12

Full Moons 2023: 

  • September 29 - Supermoon
  • October 28
  • November 27
  • December 27

    Celestial Events 2023: 

    • October 7 - Draconids Meteor Shower
    • October 14 - Annular Solar Eclipse
    • October 21, 22 - Orionids Meteor Shower
    • October 28 - Partial Lunar Eclipse
    • November 4, 5 - Taurids Meteor Shower
    • November 17, 18 - Leonids Meteor Shower
    • December 13, 14 - Geminids Meteor Shower
    • December 21, 22 - Ursids Meteor Shower
    Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve Brochure
    Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve Map