Can you remember the last time you looked at the stars? Or sat down and star gazed? Colorado is one of the states that have an amazing view of the Milky Way that seems lightyears away.
Time it Right
Planning out the perfect time to watch the Milky Way is important as it is not always around. It makes its grand appearance between April and September.
April and May would be for the early birds. The Milky Way appears right before dawn and vanishes as the sun comes up. Waking up to watch the Milky Way disappear into the sunrise, sounds like the perfect morning.
June to the beginning half of August is for the night owls. This is when the Milky Way appears around mid-night and usually stays out for the rest of the evening. This could be an amazing little night trip to get out of the house on the weekends.
The rest of August and the month of September is when you can probably see it the most. During these two months, the Milky Way appears as soon as the sun goes down and the sky turns dark. Talk about the perfect date night to have dinner and watch the stars take over as the sun fades into the sunset. So romantic!
Many people can see this extravagant sight from the comfort of their homes. Keep in mind that the more lights you are near, the less of the sky you will see.
In Colorado, some nights the towns have what they call “Lights Out.” This is where the whole town turns off their lights so everyone can enjoy the once in a lifetime view of the Milky Way.
There are some locations you can go to see the stars better than usual like the Great Sand Dunes National Park. This park is open 24/7 and has sand for miles and miles. This means there are no mountains to block your view.
San Luia also has flat land for miles and miles. This area has dirt roads you can pull over and watch the stars from the top of your car or the back of your truck.
Paint Mines Interpretive Park is a gem itself. It is known for the colorful clay patterns that have been formed over thousands of years. You can walk in the bottom between the tall colorful columns they have, or you can climb to the top where it is flat. Can you imagine watching the stars from the top of those rocks? That would be the most unforgettable sight.
Rocky Mountain National Park is another option you can go to get a good view of the Milky Way. Just keep in mind that there may be some areas that have a lot of mountains and you might not be able to get the view you were wishing for compares to somewhere like the Sand Dunes.
Next time you want to stargaze and connect with nature, I suggest you take the trip to Colorado.