This is one of just 16 Dark Sky Reserves in the world, and the only one in the United States. Like a Dark Sky Park, a Reserve must offer starry nights of exceptional quality and a protected nocturnal environment. But it must also be surrounded by a peripheral area that promotes dark sky preservation.
The Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve comprises more than 1,400 square miles of rugged, underdeveloped wilderness and features the challenging Sawtooth Range and the dense Sawtooth National Forest. While the starry views are truly one of a kind, the reserve is extremely remote, with neither electricity nor cell service across a majority of its area. If you plan on venturing out to this perfect embodiment of the great outdoors, be sure to plan accordingly.