Stargazing in Camp Verde and the Verde Valley

No matter where we are in the world, one thing unites us all: we all look up in awe and amazement at the vast night sky. Stargazing provides a sense of wonder and astonishment for people everywhere, and it is important for us to protect the few areas where great stargazing is still possible.

One place for truly stunning stargazing is the town of Camp Verde and the Sedona Verde Valley region in Arizona.

According to National Geographic, 80% of Americans can no longer see the Milky Way because of ambient light pollution. Not only is Camp Verde one of the best locations to view the Milky Way in the United States, but it is also in the top 20% of the world in terms of Milky Way visibility. Travelers from all over the U.S. come to the Verde Valley Arizona for unmatched stargazing, both on their own and via organized events.

In order to further protect the opportunity for incredible stargazing, the town of Camp Verde is currently seeking official “Dark Sky” designation. A Dark Sky designated area is one that restricts artificial light pollution in order to preserve visibility of the night sky. It is our opinion that the importance Camp Verde puts on stargazing as well as recent dark sky lighting ordinances by Town Council makes Camp Verde an excellent candidate for Dark Sky designation.

One of the major supporters of Dark Sky designation for Camp Verde is the Astronomers of the Verde Valley club. This organization is an amateur astronomy club serving the Verde Valley communities, and it hosts at least two events per year at designated Star Parks in order to promote support for Dark Sky designation.

To view our beautiful skies for yourself, come attend the upcoming stargazing event hosted by Astronomers of the Verde Valley at Rezzonico Park on Saturday, May 19th at the Community Field, or simply do some private stargazing anywhere in Camp Verde or Verde Valley.