The National Park Service and the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) announced Tonto National Monument as a designated International Dark Sky Park. The Monument provides exceptional opportunities to observe the night sky, has implemented efforts for preservation of the nocturnal environment, and educational programs for the public. The staff at Tonto National Monument have worked tediously towards meeting the IDA required standards and completing the application. The two-year process involved retrofitting lighting fixtures and bulbs throughout the Monument and interpreting the importance of preserving darkness. Assistance from staff, the National Park Service Natural Sounds & Night Skies Division, the local community, non-profit partners, and other governmental organizations have made this award possible.This now brings the total number of Arizona International Dark Sky locations to 16.
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