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Cottonwood, Arizona Designated as International Dark Sky Community

Photo of Cottonwood in background from Jerome Arizona. Photo: The Verde Independent.


City of Cottonwood
827 North Main Street
Cottonwood, Arizona 86326
(928) 634-5526


COTTONWOOD, Arizona (December 5, 2019) 

The City of Cottonwood has become the newest addition to the International Dark Sky Places Program, as an International Dark Sky Community. In an effort to continue to promote and protect our dark skies, it has been a mission of the City to obtain this designation since 2016. Working with the community as a whole, the City of Cottonwood has become the 23rd designated dark sky community in the world. The State of Arizona now accounts for 6 of those dark sky communities, with 4 of the 6 communities located in the Verde Valley. Light pollution affects the world as a whole, not only does it disrupt the natural day-night pattern but it also has negative impacts on the ecosystem, wildlife, and human health. Committing to being a dark sky community not only benefits the City but the surrounding community.

A lot of community effort went into this designation along with their support, the City would like to thank all who helped make this possible.