Waterville Valley Resort in the White Mountain National Forest was one of New Hampshire’s first “Dark Sky” communities. Designed to protect and enhance viewing of the night sky, the program regulates outdoor lighting to reduce glare, save energy, and minimize light pollution.
The Margret & H.A. Rey Center in Waterville Valley has Dark Sky Stargazing Nights at their H.A. Rey Observatory - is located at the Curious George Cottage on Noon Peak Road. It’s free at all.
Dark sky regulations are part of a worldwide effort endorsed by the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) and the American Astronomical Society (AAS) to preserve the quality of the nighttime sky and keep stars and constellations visible. A guest in Waterville Valley has a deep appreciation for the out-of-doors and the natural environment: They can take in the 1,000+ stars in the night sky while surrounded by 4,000-ft. peaks.
Waterville Valley, set 60 miles north of Concord in the White Mountain National Forest, has a year-round population of 230 in the secluded valley.
Waterville Valley s surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest, with only 400 privately-held acres, most of which has already been developed.