There’s nothing better than a romantic evening out with the one you love. Most people opt for dinner and a movie, but if you’re looking for something different to do, consider stargazing in Colorado! You and your special someone will make unforgettable memories as you admire stars, planets, constellations, and galaxies. Read on to find out our favorite stargazing spots and start planning your trip to Colorado today.
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3 Great Places to Go Stargazing in Colorado
1. Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park is a year-round destination for hiking, biking, wildlife viewing, and other daytime activities. But did you know there’s a lot to discover at night? When the sun goes down, campers set up under Colorado’s dark sky for a glimpse of the Milky Way and thousands of twinkling stars. Head out on your own or sign up for a guided stargazing program; there are plenty to choose from during the summer months.
Local Tip: Bundle up! Even in the summertime, temperatures at Rocky Mountain National Park can go down to 45 degrees at night.
2. Grand Lake
Cassiopeia and the Big Dipper are two gorgeous constellations you’ll see when you visit Grand Lake. This natural lake is the largest in the state and receives very minimal light, making it an ideal location for stargazing. During the winter months, ice skate under the stars at nearby Devil’s Thumb Ranch or try night skiing at Granby Ranch for a one-of-a-kind experience.
3. Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Known as one of the world’s most unique music venues, Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a beautiful place to spend an evening. Spread out a blanket and enjoy panoramic views of the stars over Denver, or simply look up during one of Red Rocks’ summer concerts. You can also drive up to Lookout Mountain Park and lay out on the overlook.
Are you up for a road trip? Hop in the car and head South for even more stargazing fun. Colorado has two places with Dark Sky Certifications: Westcliffe and Silver Cliff, CO and Black Canyon of Gunnison. These areas are committed to preserving a natural dark sky, enforcing strict lighting rules and giving provisions for where and when light can be used. Feel free to take a midnight hike, pull over in the car, or camp in a designated area for some truly incredible views.
Experience the Best of Colorado with StayWinterPark
After an awesome night of stargazing in Colorado, head back to Winter Park and unwind! Our beautiful vacation rentals have everything you need for a great trip, including top-notch accommodations and amenities. You can even enjoy the stars right in your own backyard! Reserve our Jabberwocky home and relax in the hot tub, or book our Pole Creek rental and admire the night sky from your large, private deck. The options are endless.
To find your perfect home-away-from-home, browse our rentals and book your stay today. We look forward to having you!