International Dark Sky City

On October 24th, 2001, the City of Flagstaff became the World’s First
“International Dark Sky City.”

Come to FDSC for the best in dark skies information and recommendations!

The designation was awarded by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), a tax-exempt non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the nighttime environment and the heritage of dark skies. The International Dark-Sky City designation is given to identify towns and cities “with exceptional commitment to and success in implementing the ideals of dark sky preservation and/or restoration, and their promotion through quality outdoor lighting.”

2012 FDSC Chris picThe IDA Dark-Sky Places program was created by an FDSC proposal to the IDA in 2001 – Flagstaff originated the program and still sets the standard for the best in successful dark sky protection!

IDA co-Founder and Executive Director Dave Crawford presents Flagstaff Councilwoman Penny Trovillion and City Manager Dave Wilcox with the First Dark-Sky City recognition, October 2001.

IMG_5836 - 2Stargazers defend darkness in Arizona by Peter Friederici, High Country News December, 2001

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To celebrate, promote, and protect the glorious dark skies of Flagstaff and northern Arizona.