International Dark Sky Community

If you have noticed low lighting around town, its because we are actively reducing light pollution and preserving our night sky.  On June 8 2018, Camp Verde was officially deemed a dark sky community by the IDA International Dark Sky Association. An IDA International Dark Sky community is a town, city, municipality or other legally organized community that has shown exceptional dedication to the preservation of the night sky through the implementation and enforcement of a quality outdoor lighting ordinance, dark sky education and citizen support of dark skies. 

Camp Verde is the fifth dark sky community in Arizona, and the 20th designated dark sky community in the world. Other dark sky communities in Arizona are Flagstaff (the first in the world), Sedona, Big Park / Village of Oak Creek and Fountain Hills. 

In October 2018, Town of Camp Verde hosted their first Dark Sky Festival to celebrate the recognition and all things dark sky.

Upcoming Dark Sky Events

Free Virtual Stargazing
FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2022
8:00 PM PDT

NASA Solar System Ambassador and CCAS member Brian P. Cox together with club president Aurora Lipper will take you on a tour of the night sky using live telescope views! Brian will also share a mission report on NASA’s Parker Solar Probe

Stargazing Event in Camp Verde at Alcantara Vineyards
SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2022 AT 6:30pm to 9pm

Back by popular demand, Join local astronomers for a fun night of under the stars and celebrate all things dark sky! Camp Verde is the fifth dark sky community in Arizona, and the 20th designated dark sky community in the world.

$50 per person (Includes 2 glasses of wine, pizza, sandwiches, cheese plate)
Reservations Required: 928-649-8463

International Dark Sky Week 2022

It may seem harmless, but light pollution has far-reaching consequences that are harmful to all living things. Effective outdoor lighting reduces light pollution, leading to a better quality of life for all. The dark sky movement is working to bring better lighting to communities around the world so that all life can thrive.

Join us this International Dark Sky Week to learn more about the movement, and discover the night where you live. Learn more at

Celebrate our Dark Skies!

We hosted our first Dark Sky Festival in October 2018. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to receive details about future dark sky events and festivals.