Who We Are


The Colorado Plateau Region is known, managed, and promoted as one of the world’s premier locations for viewing the natural night sky.


The Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative is a voluntary initiative to link communities, tribes, businesses, state agencies, federal agencies, and citizens in a collaborative effort to: 

  1. Celebrate the view of the cosmos 
  2. Minimize the impact of outdoor lighting 
  3. Protect natural nighttime skies and restore natural darkness in areas where it has been degraded
  4. Promote astronomy-based recreation and tourism

The Dark Sky Cooperative encourages community-based landscape-scale approaches to dark sky conservation and recognizes that civic engagement is the foundation for a shared stewardship of our starry sky heritage. 

We invite agencies, business, communities and individuals to become dedicated to the conservation of quality night skies by adopting policy, promoting and participating in actions and conducting educational outreach in support of night sky visibility and natural nocturnal environments for the enjoyment of present and future generations. 


The Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative leads the way in protecting natural darkness as a precious resource and creating a model for dark sky protection. Please contact us if you want to learn more about the Cooperative’s objectives, have questions or want to become more involved. 

The Dark Sky Cooperative does not have a legal boundary, but is instead a geographic region where public lands, tribes, communities, businesses, schools, clubs, and citizens join to support a set of principles resulting in mutual benefits and the long-term conservation of our starry night heritage. 



The Cooperative is led by a Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator who work to achieve the mission and objectives of the Cooperative with the support of valuable partners. Current funding is provided by those partners in cooperation with the University of Utah.


Learn more about our previous work and where the CPDSC is headed.


 Click the names of our partners to learn more about them:

Arizona State Parks Musco Lighting
Black Canyon Astronomical Society National Parks Conservation Association
Bureau of Land Management National Park Foundation
Consortium for Dark Sky Studies  National Park Service  
Canyonlands Natural History Association St. George Astronomy Group
City of Flagstaff Dr. Tyler Nordgren (author and photographer)
City of Helper United States Forest Service 
City of Sedona Utah Guides and Outfitters Association
Clark Planetarium University of Utah
Colorado State University US Naval Observatory
Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition Utah State Parks
Friends of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks Utah Community Development Office
The Grand Canyon Association Utah State University (Quinney College of Natural Resources)
International Dark-Sky Association  Utah Tourism Council
IDA Colorado Chapter Petrified Forest Museum Association
IDA Utah Chapter
Jacob Frank (photographer)
The Keystone Policy Foundation
Lowell Observatory
Moab Travel Council