Mason & Morse Ranch Company – The Commodity of Darkness: “Dark Sky” Destinations on the Rise

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Mason & Morse Ranch Company supports “Dark Sky” Communities and
Enhancing Guest Ranch Experience

WESTCLIFFE, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–All over America, the search for dark skies is becoming a subject of
great interest. An estimated 80 percent of Americans have never seen the
Milky Way. The culprit: the growing glow of artificial lights.

For city-dwellers, stargazing and open skies are a rare commodity that
they’re beginning to set their sights on. However, few places offer the
chance to enjoy the soul-lifting sight of a starry night sky.

Fortunately, those who are willing to venture out can find the dimming
tranquility they’re seeking in emerging “International Dark Sky
Communities” around the globe, including the community of Westcliffe,
Colorado. “Dark Sky” communities aim to preserve people’s capacity to
enjoy the view of the stars.

Several organizations are actually issuing certificates of “night sky
quality” to such locations, hoping to help combat light pollution and
attract star-struck visitors to these areas. Westcliffe and other
starlight destinations are beginning to see a steady flow of visitors
spurred by curiosity, passion for astronomy or the desire to feel closer
to the cosmos.

Certified “Dark Sky” places follow a rigorous application process
requiring applicants to demonstrate robust community support for “Dark
Sky” protection and document designation-specific program requirements.
They must also preserve and protect dark sites through responsible
lighting polices and public education.

As quickly as the tourists are gaining interest in these locations, so
are interested buyers. The demand for low-key vacation options in these
areas are emerging and lodging is the necessity that follows. Mason &
Morse Ranch Company is representing one such property – the Red Rock
Ranch Retreat, which fits the bill for exactly what many tourists and
buyers are pursuing.

“As the population grows in our cities and towns, we’re losing the
ability to see the stars. Westcliffe’s Red Rock Ranch is a perfect place
for that escape. This area is the spot to capitalize on the newfound
desire for darkness for the full enjoyment of the stars. We support the
effort Westcliffe Colorado has put forward to establish a Dark Skies
community,” said Bart Miller, Managing Broker of Mason & Morse Ranch
Company.

The Red Rock Ranch Retreat www.ranchland.com/redrock
is a historic, turn-key guest ranch on 469± acres and the ideal location
for unparalleled access to nature and dark night skies; a refuge for
anyone wanting to view the natural splendor of a dark Colorado sky. Red
Rock Ranch is just one property in the community that offers an
opportunity to see things that cannot be detected in most of the
populated world – the night sky with more to observe than anyone could
possibly imagine.

For more information about this unique property, contact Mason & Morse
Ranch Company at 877-207-9700 or visit RanchLand.com. www.ranchland.com/redrockranch

About Mason & Morse Ranch Company

Mason & Morse Ranch Company – Strategic Partner of United Country is a
leading provider of farm, ranch, timber and recreational properties.
Services include traditional brokerage and auction services across the
United States and internationally. With roots dating back to 1961 in the
Roaring Fork Valley near Aspen, Colorado, the company specializes in
marketing high-value and large acreage properties across the U.S and
globally. Combined, Mason & Morse Ranch Company agents offer clients
more than 133 years of combined experience in farm, ranch, timber and
recreational real estate sales.

Mason & Morse Ranch Company – Strategic Partner of United Country Real
Estate is separately owned and operated from Mason & Morse – Coldwell
Banker of Aspen, Colo. Contact Mason & Morse Ranch Company at 877-207-
9700 | www.ranchland.com

Contacts

Mason & Morse Ranch Company
Bart Miller, 877-207-9700
Bart@ranchland.com