This is a great treat and is representative of why Big Park and the Village of Oak Creek located in the Sedona area is such a great place to play and stay or live and work. Not only are the daytime views amazing, the night time views are spell binding. It is wonderful to leave the night time lights of a large metropolitan area like Phoenix, be blessed with the sublime “magic” of Arizona’s clear night sky.
In recognition of local efforts to promote and protect its naturally dark nighttime environment, the International Dark-Sky Association has named Big Park, Arizona, an International Dark Sky Community. The village, also informally known as the “Village of Oak Creek,” joins the nearby Arizona cities of Flagstaff and Sedona in receiving the accolade, resulting in the densest grouping of IDA Dark Sky Communities in the world. In recognition of both its formal and informal names, the new designation is known as “Big Park/Village of Oak Creek International Dark Sky Community.”
“The efforts of Big Park in obtaining IDA recognition not only provide better lighting for the area residents, but also help to protect dark skies over sensitive sites in northern Arizona,” said IDA Executive Director J. Scott Feierabend. “This demonstrates the steady march of the dark-skies movement across the American southwest.”
You may read the entire article here – https://darksky.org/big-park-arizona-named-international-dark-sky-community/