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:

At Tamarack Lodge:

Friday November, 5, 2021: Tamarack Lodge presents Chris Anderson
We are celebrating shorter days, the new moon, and dark skies with a special lodging rate and Friday evening event! Join us on Friday, November 5th at 7:30 PM, for a special presentation with Idaho native and Dark Sky Guide, Chris Anderson, who will guide us through the wonders of the night sky with a telescope and a star projection map. Refreshments will be served. This event is suitable for all ages. Personal binoculars and telescopes are also welcome. Lodging rates start at $99 per night. Book Now

Full Moons 2021:

  • Oct 31: Blue Moon 10:57 a.m. 14:57
  • Nov 19: Beaver Moon 3:58 a.m. 8:58
  • Dec 18: Cold Moon 11:36 p.m. 4:36 (Dec 19)

Celestial Events 2021: 

  • Nov 17-18: Leonids Meteor Shower 
  • Nov 19: Partial Lunar Eclipse
  • Dec 13-14: Geminids Meteor Shower
  • Dec 21: Winter Solstice – Shortest Period of daylight. Break out your telescopes early!
  • Dec 21-22: Ursids Meteor Shower