Summer in Sedona Verde Valley

Clarkdale Landscape

Clarkdale’s natural beauty. Photo credit: Daniel Orth

Welcome to Sedona Verde Valley! Summer is the perfect season to get acquainted with this stunning region comprising six special communities: Camp Verde, Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Jerome, Sedona, and Yavapai-Apache Nation. Today, around 75,000 people call this valley home. 

Locals and tourists will be thrilled with the abundance of summertime experiences that Sedona Verde Valley has to offer this season. Whether you’re seeking adventures with family, outdoor excitement, delicious cuisine, or curious about the valley’s unique culture, take advantage of the beautiful weather and start exploring!

Sedona Verde Valley offers a variety of unforgettable attractions and day trips for the family:

  • Treat the kids to a safari day at the Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde
  • Stop by Blazin’ M Ranch to celebrate the region’s Wild West history with saloon-style photoshoots and an evening cowboy show
  • Take a ride on Clarkdale’s scenic Verde Canyon Railroad and enjoy spectacular views as your train winds through the valley 

For outdoor adventures, there are endless opportunities to explore the region’s breathtaking scenery:

  • National and state parks offer hundreds of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding through the canyons and along the river
  • Home to a thriving bird population of over 300 species, this region is truly a birder’s paradise
  • For an optimal afternoon, set up a picnic at the scenic Red Rock Crossing
  • Visit Slide Rock Park and experience its 80-foot natural water slide and popular swimming hole
  • Other ways to take in the region’s beauty are through jeep tours of the outback, canoeing, kayaking and rafting on the Verde River, or even floating away on a hot air balloon.
Eagle in Sedona Verde Valley

Eagle in Sedona Verde Valley. Image: Verde Canyon Railroad

Make sure to enjoy Sedona Verde Valley’s mouth-watering cuisine in the many restaurants, wineries and breweries throughout the region. Several of the valley’s bars and restaurants are found in local historical buildings, offering not only savory cuisine but stunning views. Touring wine country in Sedona Verde Valley is also an easy venture. The majority of the wineries are located on an easy loop through the nearby community of Cornville, while the remaining few are located off the main arteries between the local cities.

Vineyards at D.A. Ranch

Vineyards at D.A. Ranch

Sedona Verde Valley is rich with unique culture and heritage. Here you can uncover the history of the wild West, explore ancient Sinaguan civilizations and Native American cliff dwellings, and learn the history of copper mining heritage, ranching and farming. Stroll and shop for unique treasures in historical old towns and thriving main streets.

Sedona Verde Valley features festive events and celebrations year round. Check out the upcoming summer events in the region in our  featured events section and join in on the fun!