Wet Mountain Valley

Wet Mountain Valley is located between Wet Mountains in the east and the Sangre de Cristo mountain range on the west, both parts of the southern Rocky Mountains. It was certified as an International Dark Sky Community in 2015 by the International Dark-Sky Association in 2015 through the efforts of Dark Skies Inc. of Wet Mountain Valley, whose members organize lectures and star parties during the summer months. They also successfully help businesses of the nearby Dark Sky twin towns of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff to lower their light pollution levels. A friend of the EarthSky community says: “On a clear night, the Milky Way can be seen from end to end, arcing across the sky. The valley view is like being inside a water globe with the entire sky above you. Nothing obstructs the view. I am in awe every moonless night from our mountain cabin. It takes my breath away!”

November 15, 2017

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