The Verde Valley

The Verde Valley is surrounded by the Mingus Mountains and Woodchute Mountains and is traversed by the Verde River. Read more about the cluster of Central Arizona communities that make up the Verde Valley.

Camp Verde lies near the geographic center of Arizona. It is in the Verde River valley of central Arizona, 85 miles north of Phoenix, at an elevation of approximately 3100 feet. Camp Verde is the oldest community in the valley, and was established in 1865.

Clarkdale is at the upper end of the Verde Valley in Yavapai County and is approximately 110 miles north of Phoenix and south of the Grand Canyon at an elevation of 3,542 feet. Topography of the area is characterized by numerous mesas and buttes along the rise from the Verde River on the east, at 3,300 feet, to the Mingus Mountains on the west, at 7,000 feet. Clarkdale, incorporated in 1957, was laid out in 1914 near the site of the Clarkdale Smelter, which was financed by Senator William A. Clark of Montana.

Cottonwood began as a small adobe where soldiers took refuge in 1874. Soon, settlers began moving in, and created a place whose namesake is a circle of 16 cottonwood trees near the Verde River. The community was established in 1879 and incorporated in 1960. In Yavapai County, Cottonwood is near the geographic center of Arizona at an elevation of 3,300 feet. The city is approximately 100 miles north of Phoenix.

Sedona is the jewel of the Verde Valley. This central/northern Arizona swale has, at its economic center, the city of Cottonwood—a former mining town nestled between Sedona and another Verde Valley treasure of Jerome. Jerome is a one-time ghost town turned haven for artists and bikers. To the east near the town of Camp Verde, visitors will delight in some of the area's most family-friendly attractions: Out of Africa Wildlife Park, Cliff Castle Casino and two national monuments of Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot. The Verde Valley is also gaining national recognition as a wine-growing region vying for Napa-like status, with nearly a dozen wineries, vineyards and local wine tasting rooms.

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When you're in the Verde Valley, you're never far from the area's rich past and a colorful present, with the Verde Valley's rich mining history and today's small-town charm ever-apparent as you explore the Verde Valley. Check out these Verde Valley lodging options, including Cottonwood hotels and bed & breakfasts, historic hotels in Jerome and modern accommodations throughout the Verde Valley. The Verde Valley is an excellent spot in which to book your lodging if you want to explore Cottonwood, Sedona, Jerome and beyond from one central spot. These Verde Valley lodging options, like the hand-selected Cottonwood hotels and bed & breakfasts featured below, offer personalized service and unique accommodations in a charming, historic and verdant downtown corridor as well as modern lodging options in newer, bustling business districts, with panoramic views of rolling red rock foothills. Cottonwood, nestled in the heart of the Verde Valley, is just 20 minutes from Sedona, with other Verde Valley communities not far beyond, and all are perfect alternatives to Sedona lodging.

In the Verde Valley, visitors are just moments from breathtaking sights, family-friendly attractions, historical landmarks, natural beauty and more things to do. Within minutes, visitors can go from exploring the Historic Old Town Cottonwood on foot, to softly rumbling through a serene riparian canyon by train in Clarkdale, to winding along red rock highways and steep cliff-side mining town roads by car in Jerome. And just as easily, it seems you can weave back and forth between the Verde Valley's ancient Sinanguan and 19th century past and a peaceful present, with the Verde Valley's rich mining history and today's small-town charm ever-apparent as you explore the Verde Valley. Check out these things to do in the Verde Valley, like shops, galleries, restaurants, golf courses and attractions for kids and adults alike.

1. Lo Lo Mai Springs

Secluded camping, RV, and cabin sites with a mile frontage on the banks of famous Oak Creek. This 27 acre tree shaded resort is located 8 mi...  More
  • (928) 634-4700
  • Lo-Lo-Mai Springs Campground
  • 11505 E Lolo Mai Rd, Co
  • $37.00 - $149.00

2. Quality Inn Cottonwood

Welcome to the Cottonwood Quality Inn featuring FREE Q Cafe Breakfast each morning, WiFi throughout and in all rooms, local calls, coffee, n...  More
  • (928) 634-4207
  • 301 Arizona 89A
  • Cottonwood, AZ
  • 86326

3. Prescott Pines Inn Bed & Breakfast

Indulge in the warmth and graciousness of home. Celebrated for its warmth, its gardens, and its comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. Voted Best ...  More
  • (800) 541-5374
  • 901 White Spar Road
  • Prescott, AZ
  • 86303
  • $139.00 - $174.00

4. Prescott Resort and Conference Center

Resting on the "Top of the Hill" offering picturesque views of Prescott, experience Northern Arizona's premier getaway, the Prescott Res...  More
  • (855) 265-9148
  • 1500 Arizona 69
  • Prescott, AZ
  • 86301
  • $129.00 - $199.00

1. Out Of Africa Wildlife Park

Come see Tiger Splash show at 1:15 every day. Watch Bengal tigers in natural play as they "hunt" their caretakers. Open Daily 9:30 a.m.-5:00...  More
  • (928) 567-2840
  • 3505 Highway 260
  • Camp Verde, AZ
  • 86322
  • $14.95 - $29.95

2. Predator Zip Lines

Experience the wind ripping through your hair on a thrill ride over nature’s wildest predators. Enjoy the adventure of a lifetime on a ...  More

  • (928) 567-9947
  • 3505 Highway 260
  • Camp Verde, AZ
  • 86322

3. Sedona Wine Adventures

We offer 4 very popular Sedona wine tasting tours along the Verde Valley Wine Trail. We visit the Page Springs vineyards & historic Jerom...  More

  • (928) 366-8476
  • PO Box 401
  • AZ, US
  • $190.00 - $235.00

4. Sedona, Jerome & Montezuma Castle Tour

Across Arizona Tours offers a perfect day trip to the beautiful Red Rock country of northern Arizona. You'll experience the mystical and dra...  More
  • (888) 533-1813
  • Paradise Valley Horizon
  • Phoenix, AZ


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