Goldendale Sky Village

A dedicated dark sky location for camping, and enjoying and learning about all that the night sky has to offer. It has all the qualities important to astronomers—clear skies, minimal levels of light pollution (it's a "2" on the Bortle scale), good seeing, no neighbors, and low horizons.

about the village

Goldendale Sky Village is a destination intended to preserve and showcase some truly dark skies in the Pacific Northwest. Located in eastern Washington and in the rain shadow of the Cascades, the village offers camping and impressive views of the night sky. There is a telescope field, called The National Dark Sky Portal, or simply "The Portal." It promises to serve as a must-go destination for dark sky pilgrims from all over the Pacific Northwest.

There is a network of roads that largely follow deer trails that give access to all sectors of the village. Portal Rim Road is the first of these, encircling The Portal itself in front of surrounding lots. Other roads reach far and wide and have names related to astronomy: Milky Way, Right Ascension Drive, Declination Drive, Pixel Place, Ophiuchi Row, Collimation Street (named after a famous British TV soap opera), Barnard’s Loop, and Lunar Crescent. All roads serve local neighborhoods known as "clusters," each with its own telescope field and surrounding lots. Supercluster is the first of these to be operational, smaller and more intimate than The Portal and an excellent setting for the serious observer. 

Notes

  • Golden Sky Village is a private, members only property. You must be a member or be with a member to visit.
  • Learn more on their website and Facebook page.
  • Suitable Activities: Night Sky
  • Seasons: April, May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Land Manager: Goldendale Sky Village
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 20
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 20
Map
71 Dust Lane, Goldendale, WA 98620
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Observation Night - Goldendale Sky Village

Night Sky Field trip: The Night Sky and Astronomy
A field trip to a dark sky location.
Fri, Jul 29, 2022 - Sun, Jul 31, 2022
No Prerequisites
3 participants
Registration closes Jul 27
Seattle Branch
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