The Geminid meteor shower peaked in the early morning hours of December 14, 2018. A few stars streaked across the sky around midnight at the Chautauqua Trailhead in Boulder. (Kenzie Bruce, Special to The Denver Post)

Although stars are visible year-round throughout Colorado, is there a better time to view them than in the summer? The state is home to five International Dark Sky Places, with Dinosaur
National Monument having joined the ranks in April. Such a designation is reserved for the best places in the world to view stars without light pollution. But even spots that don’t hold the title are worth gawking from. There are ample locations — from Crested Butte to Keota — to gaze skyward this summer and wonder.

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