California's Borrego Springs awarded prestigious
Dark Sky Community designation
Borrego Dark Sky Coalition members ( left to right) Dennis Mammana, Sam Webb, Scott Kardell, Betsy Knaak, Sally Theriault, and Joan Malone with the International Dark Sky Association certificate designating Borrego Springs as California's first dark sky community.

September 1, 2009
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AAA Oregon’s Via

The July-August 2017 Via article, “Star Treks,” featuring the best stargazing sites in the West, highlights Borrego Springs as one of “eight brilliant spots where the night sky is the best show around.” ... July — August, 2017

Stargazing in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Come to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in late winter and early spring, and you’ll see a gorgeous carpet of wildflowers covering the desert. But any time of year, just wait until after dark for a different stunning view ... video, January, 2017

Dark Skies expanding

The Borrego Springs Dark Sky Coalition has certified The Springs at Borrego RV Resort ... December, 2016

How Did Borrego Springs become
the World’s Second International Dark Sky Community?

Published in ABDNHA’s membership newsletter, The Sand Paper, Winter issue — 2016-2017

Forskning Framsteg (Research Progress)

Translated article from Swedish magazine Forskning Framsteg (Research Progress) — 2016

Scandinavian Traveler

Our night skies are becoming increasingly obscured by light pollution. But there is a place… June, 2016

Two more businesses certified as being dark sky friendly

The Borrego Springs Dark Sky Coalition is proud to welcome Regalos de Borrego and Stanlunds Inn & Suites ... April, 2016

Borrego’s Dark Skies Make News in Sweden

Swedish reporter writes about Borrego’s Dark Skies
“Protected Starry Skies - Both Beautiful and Important”… February, 2016

Annual Nightfall event coincides with Dark Sky business awards

Nightfall participants set up telescopes at Palm Canyon Resort ... November, 2015

Borrego's Dark Sky

The summertime Milky Way shines brightly over Southern California and nowhere is it more beautifully visible than in the Anza-Borrego Desert ... Borrego Springs Village Guide 2016

Borrego Springs - California's First Dark Sky Community

On July 3I, 2009, BORREGO SPRINGS, became the second location in the WORLD to be designated an official International Dark Sky Community by the International Dark-SkyAssociation (IDA). ... Sunrise Magazine, Winter 2016

Borrego Springs - Nightfall Star Party

Participants of this year's Nightfall event had the perfect location to view the unusual events carrying out above California's skyline ... November, 2015

NIGHTSCAPE The 2014 Annual Report Edition

Dispatches from our International Dark Sky Places ... April, 2015

Dark Sky Coalition now has a website

It's live! The Borrego Springs Dark Sky Coalition announced the release of their new website - an informative and important stopping point for Borregans and others ... January, 2015

Feeling Proud: The Borrego Springs Dark Sky Coalition

So, who are the Borrego Springs Dark Sky Coalition and what are they attempting to accomplish? The Coalition is a group of Borrego residents and professionals dedicated to the protection, promotion ... 2014

The 7 Best SoCal Desert Locations for Night Sky Viewing
A road trip away from a city's bright lights on a clear night will be a treat for anyone who looks up to the skies. Here in Southern California, we're especially lucky to live in a place with some of ... April 21, 2011

10 great places to stargaze

As population spreads, we're losing the ability to see the stars, says Bob Parks, executive director of the Tucson-based International Dark-Sky Association (, which certifies recreation ... Nov. 7, 2012

7 Best Places for Stargazing in California’s Low Desert

There's a lot of nighttime light in California's low desert, which covers all of Imperial and most of Riverside counties, and an eastern sliver of San Diego County. A string of brightly lit cities from ... Nov. 1, 2013

Rickard to tell dark skies tale

Dr. Jim Rickard, a part-year Borrego Springs resident, is helping spread the light about the benefits of dark skies. Rickard, a member of the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association’s ... Sept. 2, 2013

Borrego Springs in California one of four world ‘dark-sky communities’

Seeing this photo online last week while on vacation made me happy I was vacationing in Borrego Springs, Calif. An unincorporated community in San Diego County, Borrego Springs ... Dec. 17, 2012

Before and after

A before-and-after view of the Borrego Springs Medical Center, which improved its outdoor lighting to help preserve the dark skies. The Medical Center won an award from the Borrego Springs ... Nov. 10, 2013

Borrego Medical Center wins Dark Sky award

One night Sam and Astrid Webb, members of the Borrego Springs Dark Sky Coalition, were driving down Yaqui Pass Road toward town when they saw the Borrego Springs Medical Center lit up ... Nov. 14, 2013

Dark Sky News: The 13th Annual European Symposium in Spain

The 13th Annual European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky was held September 12–14, in the historic city of Pamplona, Spain, known for the annual Running of the Bulls during the summer ... 2013

Dark Sky Coalition offers speakers’ program

Dr. Jim and Grace Rickard are visiting area organizations, shining a bright light on the health and quality-of-life benefits of the Borrego Valley’s dark skies. “This dark-sky treasure we have is ... Dec. 26, 2013

Excerpts From The Sky Calendar Column

This summer marks the second anniversary of Borrego Springs being declared a Dark Sky Community. This award is given by the International Dark Sky Association, known as IDA ... Summer, 2011

Night Sky Friendly Business Recognition Awards

The Performing Arts Center was the venue for a special awards ceremony to honor local businesses for their participation in helping keep the night sky dark in Borrego Springs ... March 13, 2014

Going My Way: Plenty of places to gaze at the stars

This spring, you can get truly close up to the stars as skies turn up the star voltage before the summer heat settles in. Just head to one of several spots from mountains to surrounding deserts ... April 20, 2014

Borrego Springs offers authentic desert experience

Beautiful Borrego Springs in northeast San Diego County is an oasis amidst an authentic desert setting. Nestled in the heart of the amazing 600,000-acre Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, ... March 30, 2014

Contact: Borrego Springs Dark Sky Coalition c/o Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association PO Box 310, Borrego Springs, CA 92004 760-767-3052 (leave message) or email