by Aaron Watson, DarkSky Colorado
There is no question that people love to get outdoors in the Colorado summertime. 14ers and backcountry outings offer some of the most challenging and rewarding adventures. While you are out enjoying the good tidings of the mountains and other natural areas, remember to be gentle on the night. The nighttime environment is fragile and exposure to artificial light at night causes harm to the ecosystem and those around you, so please be mindful with your light at night.
Here are some tips for having the best backcountry nighttime experience for all.
- Plan your trip to avoid driving at night and therefore needing to use bright headlights that are blinding to dark adapted eyes.
- When you get to your destination, keep your light contained to within your site and not shining into the night around you. The best way to do this is to shield your light and point it down.
- When light is needed, use warmer color shades like red light to lessen the impact on the environment and those around you. Only use white light for emergencies.
- And finally, when the sun goes down and the stars come out, consider stargazing as an alternative to a campfire.
Stewardship of the night starts with you. Being mindful of how we use light at night is an important aspect of enjoying Colorado’s great outdoors.
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