The International Dark-Sky Association approved the nation’s first dark sky reserve in December of 2018. The 1,416-square-mile reserve includes the communities of Stanley, Ketchum and Sun Valley. It is the 12th such reserve worldwide, and the third largest!

80 Percent of Americans can’t even 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 a good 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.

Tamarack Lodge offers all the comforts of a traditional ski lodge at an unparalleled location in the heart of Ketchum, Idaho. For more information or to book your room today, call 208-726-3344.

Download the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve Brochure

Download the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve Map

Upcoming Celestial and Lunar Events:

New Moons 2022: The sky is darkest on New Moon nights, which makes for great stargazing!

  • October 25
  • November 23
  • December 23

Full Moons 2022: 

  • November 8
  • December 7

    Celestial Events 2022: 

    • October 21-22: Orionids Meteor Shower
    • October 25: Partial Solar Eclipse
    • November 4-5: Taurids Meteor Shower
    • November 8: Total Lunar Eclipse
    • November 9: Uranus at Opposition
    • November 17-18: Leonids Meteor Shower
    • December 8: Mars at Opposition
    • December 13-14: Geminids Meteor Shower
    • December 21: December Solstice
    • December 21: Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
    • December 21-22: Ursids Meteor Shower