International Dark Sky Community
Town of Camp Verde
473 South Main Street
Camp Verde, AZ 86322 USA
The Town of Camp Verde is a municipality of 11,000 inhabitants in the Verde Valley of central Arizona, U.S. The Town is the oldest settlement in the Valley, founded in the 1860s by Anglo-American settlers attracted to the area’s mineral resources. A temporary outpost of the U.S. Army was established at West Clear Creek shortly thereafter, which became Camp Verde in 1865 and Fort Verde in 1871 and was occupied until 1891. For thousands of years before the nineteenth century, the Verde Valley was home to a succession of prehistoric cultures, and the area still hosts a population of members of the Yavapai-Apache Nation.
Inspired by the successes of nearby Flagstaff and Sedona, Camp Verde began work toward IDSC status in mid-2014. The effort was slow-going, on account of a need to convince an initially skeptical resident base of the need for a significant overhaul of the Town’s outdoor lighting policy. The changes to enable International Dark Sky Community eligibility became effective in March 2018. The Town has also coordinated efforts, both publicly and privately, to build support for the nomination and greater awareness of dark skies issues, as well as the need to comply with ordinance changes.