Dark Sky Community
Yavapai County, Arizona
The effort to designate the Village began as the result of Sedona’s achievement, and has brought greater awareness of dark skies to the area west and south of Sedona. In order to position the (unincorporated) Village as eligible for an IDSC award, the applicants lobbied for changes to the controlling legislation in the local jurisdiction, resulting in a County-wide policy that brings Dark Sky Community-levels of protection to the entirety of unincorporated Yavapai County. That outcome is unique in the history of Dark Sky Places. Furthermore, building off a successful public outreach program developed for Sedona, the Village has educated many of its residents and property owners on the importance of maintaining the area’s dark nighttime environment.