Summit Sky Ranch housing community embraces stargazing
November 15, 2016
On Nov. 14, Summit Sky Ranch gave a small tour of the construction site of the new housing community. The neighborhood will be a dark sky community, meaning that lighting in the area will be minimal and shielded. The tour coincided with the supermoon, allowing tour attendants to see the potential of the dark sky project at Summit Sky Ranch. Tom Everist, the project developer, opened the tour by talking about his passion for the night sky.
The community will also include a new observatory with a 20-inch refractor telescope that will be used by professional and student astronomers. A live stream from the telescope will be sent to the Aspen House community center for residents to enjoy. Mark Laurin, a local astronomy enthusiast, has partnered with Everist on the observatory project.
Laurin said that a sky without stars could be another devastating impact of global warming.
The planning for Summit Sky Ranch includes plans for 240 single-family homes. Tricia McCaffrey Hyon said that 70 homes have already been sold, and that about a quarter of those have been to Summit County locals. The first homes are on track to be completed this winter. Homes will range between 1,500 and 4,000 square feet and start in the $600,000 range. The entrance of the Summit Sky Ranch will have a local park for the town of Silverthorne. Everist has also been working to restore lakes in the area from gravel quarries.
The neighborhood is located in the lower Blue River Valley. It is bordered by the White River National Forest on the west side. It joins two other dark sky communities in the state: Westcliffe and Silver Cliff. Both are southwest of Pueblo.
Recommended Stories For You
Trending In: Local
- Summit County Rotary Car Raffle winner announced
- EPA works to clean up the toxic Jumbo Mine near Keystone Resort
- Learn Summit County history with walking tour of Bill’s Ranch neighborhood
- Alma couple rescues dog missing for five weeks off Mount Bross
- Morrie Shepard, Vail’s first ski school director, has taken his final lift ride
- Discovery Channel’s ‘Gold Rush,’ ‘mining for ratings,’ faces lawsuit from Park County neighbors
- The fate of skiing: Winter Park Resort bucks trends as industry concerns grow over lack of skiing millennials
- ‘Opt-out’ votes look like slam dunks in Silverthorne, Dillon
- Park County residents rescue dog from 25-foot mine shaft in Fairplay (video)
- New 6-person chairlift installed at Keystone Resort (photo slideshow)