The small towns of the Verde Valley showcase the best of Arizona’s quaint communities. All are within a 30 mile radius with an estimated population of 60,000 – each offering visitors a unique experience.
In the shadows of Mingus Mountain and in the heart of the Verde Valley, Cottonwood offers a distinctive historic district lined with shops and restaurants on its Main Street. History is alive in nearby Clarkdale, whose homes and buildings still reflect its early copper smelting heritage. Four specialized museums focus on Native American cultures, international copper art, and local railroad and town history.
Cornville/Page Springs offers wineries, tasting rooms and a relaxed take on some of Arizona’s most pristine high-desert scenery. Camp Verde, located in the geographic center of Arizona, is rich in history and offers a variety of recreation and outdoor activities to experience and enjoy.
A Verde Valley excursion wouldn’t be complete without a journey up the hill to Jerome, the “City in the Sky.” Once a thriving mining camp of 15,000, Jerome acquired “ghost town” status by the 1960s. Today, entrepreneurs have restored many of the quaint buildings that cling to the mountainside and the town now dishes out artsy boutiques and panoramic views in equal measure. Speaking of views, Sedona’s stark, giant, red rock formations are so compelling, they cause grown men to take up painting or poetry. Toss in dozens of superb shops, galleries, restaurants and recreational opportunities, and Sedona has found a magical elixir.