Newest US Dark Sky Sanctuary is in Montana

The Lost Trail National Wildlife Reserve was named an International Dark Sky Refuge on October 31, 2022. “As an International Dark Sky Sanctuary, Lost Trail provides a unique and special opportunity for visitors to experience a pristine dark and quiet environment with minimal influences from humankind,” stated Ashley Wilson, IDA’s Director of Conservation. “Refuge staff, volunteers, and partners have all worked tirelessly to invest in actions that will maintain the sense of remote wilderness and unspoiled dark and majestic night skies for all who come to venture into this lush and beautiful landscape.” Learn more.

The Montana effort took three years to accomplish and we here in Point Reyes are staying on track for a Dark Sky Point Reyes distinction. We congratulate the folks in Flathead County, Montana, and the Big Sky Astronomy Club!