Village of Oak Creek Recognized for Dark Skies

Feb 25, 2016

The Village of Oak Creek near Sedona is now an International Dark Sky Community.

The Milky Way rising over the Village of Oak Creek.
Credit Robert Mueller


Citizens of Big Park—better known as the Village of Oak Creek—lobbied for changes in the outdoor lighting code to earn the designation.

The code applies to all of Yavapai County. It requires outdoor lights to be shielded (so the bulb is only visible from below) and it prohibits most floodlights and high-intensity lights. 

The International Dark Sky Association offers the dark-sky designation to communities that combat light pollution with regulations and education.

Arizona is home to the largest grouping of dark sky communities in the world. The Village of Oak Creek joins Flagstaff, Sedona and the Kaibab-Paiute Nation.  There are 14 worldwide.