Sedona Receives Coveted ‘Dark Sky’ Status

Kelli Klymenko | Sedona

Kelli Klymenko | Sedona

Stargazers now have another Arizona city they can visit for pristine views of the night sky. The International Dark-Sky Association has named Sedona an International Dark Sky Community, making it the second city in Arizona to receive the designation (Flagstaff is the other).

There now are just eight such communities in the world, and Arizona is the only place with two of them. The others are in California, Texas, Illinois, Indiana, the United Kingdom and France.

As The Arizona Republic reports, the city has been active in reducing nighttime “light pollution” for the past 15 years. Sedona tourism officials hope the designation will help boost tourism in the area.

The IDSA also maintains a list of dark-sky parks. That list includes Arizona’s remote Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, which received its designation in March.

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2 responses to “Sedona Receives Coveted ‘Dark Sky’ Status

  1. tom

    I bet we have both flag and Sedona beat for dark sky in our sleepy little retro town in central arizona. (I will choose to not name it, to keep the street light, home owner assoc, gated neighborhood types out). without street lights and scarcely any commercialism our night sky will overwhelm…….we barely got electricity in 1965……

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