Camp Verde now world’s newest dark sky community

Camp Verde is the fifth dark sky community in Arizona, following Flagstaff (the first in the world), Sedona, Big Park / Village of Oak Creek and Fountain Hills.

Camp Verde is the fifth dark sky community in Arizona, following Flagstaff (the first in the world), Sedona, Big Park / Village of Oak Creek and Fountain Hills.

CAMP VERDE – The stars over Camp Verde are highly visible at night – not that a dark sky designation was needed for residents to know that.

However, the designation serves as a symbol of the town’s dedication to preserving the view of the night sky. On June 8, the town was officially deemed a dark sky community by the International Dark Sky Association.

Economic development specialist Sebra Choe, of Camp Verde, submitted the application in late March. The process spanned work over several months.

Camp Verde is the fifth dark sky community in Arizona, following Flagstaff (the first in the world), Sedona, Big Park / Village of Oak Creek and Fountain Hills.

John Barentine, the program manager of the International Dark-Sky Association, describes the cluster of communities as the “central Arizona phenomenon.”

“Arizona is very definitely leading in this realm at the moment, which I think reflects a lot of different things about the values of folks who live in that part of our state. It’s also a hopeful indicator about Arizona’s future in that regard,” Barentine said in March.

The Town of Camp Verde will be hosting a Dark Sky Festival October 6th, the Saturday before Fort Verde Days, to celebrate Camp Verde’s ideal star-viewing conditions.

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