For more than 20 years the Blazin’ M Ranch has provided visitors to Arizona an Old West experience to remember. Featuring a mouth-waterin’ BBQ chicken and ribs chuckwagon supper followed by a toe-tappin, knee-slappin’ hour-long Western stage production by award-winning musicians, it is a must-do attraction during your visit to the Sedona/Verde Valley region. Arrive […]
There are wild animal parks and then there is Out of Africa! What makes Out of Africa special is the carefully nurtured human/animal relationship developed from the animal’s point of view, a respectful way of interacting with hundreds of wild-by-nature animals from all over the world. And you can encounter this wild kingdom right in […]
Located in the red rock country near Sedona, Verde Canyon Railroad’s rare ribbon of rails runs through a dramatic high desert landscape adjacent to a precious riparian ecosystem. Since 1912 this heritage railroad, sandwiched between two protected national forests, has existed in harmony in the wilderness through which it passes and the canyon’s native inhabitants. […]
Arizona Copper Art Museum
The Arizona Copper Art Museum is a place that makes perfect sense! It tells the “Story of Copper” which has never been told before, why Arizona is the “Copper State” and answers what happened to Arizona’s copper. We reveal “Arizona’s Story” in a brand new way – creating an amazing Arizona Memory!
Walk into any gallery in Jerome and chances are the person who greets you is the one whose work adorns the walls. Mining copper gave birth to Jerome; mining the creative spirit keeps the town thriving. Jerome is many things but convenient isn’t one of them. The former mining town clings to the crumbling shoulder […]
Hiking Trails in Camp Verde The Town of Camp Verde lies along 18 miles of the Verde River and has access to 205 miles of hiking trails. The recently completed Mail Trail from Camp Verde to Payson, 50 miles of rugged trails used by the mail trail riders to carry the mail from Camp Verde […]
Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum
We provide a friendly, quiet atmosphere in which visitors can pursue many subjects, primarily Clarkdale and its establishment in 1912 by William A. Clark. Our large collection of original ledgers reflect Clarkdale’s social, recreational, and every day life as the first “company town” in Arizona.
Clear Creek Ruin
Located on the south side of State Route 260, Clear Creek Ruin may have been the largest habitation site in the Verde Valley. Sitting atop a cliff overlooking West Clear Creek, it consists of hand-carved caves and a large pueblo complex. The site was proposed as a National Research Monument in 1933, but federal funding was unavailable.
Cliff Castle Casino-Hotel
Castle Casino-Hotel Guests can enjoy fine dining at our award-winning Storytellers Gourmet Steakhouse. We offer family dining at The Gallery restaurant, tasty burgers at Johnny Rockets, and casual dining at The Gathering restaurant inside the hotel. Guests can relax at any of our cocktail lounges, which include Fables, Cliff Dwellers and The Gutter.
Copper Star Indoor Shooting Range
We are Arizona’s premier, 5 star shooting range! Don’t have a gun or bow of your own? Don’t worry, we have a wide variety of firearms you can rent–some even fully automatic! Whether you’ve never shot before in your life, you’re an experienced shooter, or just want to have some fun, We’re here for you!
Experience Sedona’s Vortex Energy Some people say that there are special places in Sedona, Arizona—vortex sites—where the energy is particularly powerful and transformative; others say that to focus on specific sites can be very misleading; that the entire Sedona area is a sacred spot and has been for thousands of years. Most everyone will agree, […]
Fort Verde State Historic Park
Fort Verde State Historic Park is the best-preserved example of an Indian Wars period fort in Arizona. Visitors can experience three historic house museums listed on the National and State Register of Historic Places. The former fort administration building houses the Visitor Center with exhibits, artifacts from military life, and history of the Indian Wars.
Greg Lawson’s “Passion for Place” Gallery
Arizona’s largest exclusive image gallery always has 350 framed Greg Lawson images of nature, wildlife, Sedona, the Southwest, and global destinations. With the presence of a museum, the gallery serves as a photographic arts center, site for education, and a sanctuary place to connect with nature.
Honanki Heritage Site
Honanki, which means “bear house,” is believed to have been one of the largest Sinagua communities in the Verde Valley. The Honanki ruins housed three separate cultures at different times in history. The ruins are remarkably preserved and still an active archeological dig site. The red rock canyons became areas of intensive occupation with the construction of cliff dwellings.
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Jerome Chamber of Commerce
We welcome visitors to The Mile High Town with a friendly face and lots of local information. Come on by to get a walking map of Jerome.
Jerome’s Mine Museum was opened in the early 1950s and was refurbished in 2007. After prohibition, the building became, first, a drugstore and later a dry goods store and a five-and-dime. In 1953 Jerome’s Historical Society turned it into a museum, which has been showcasing Jerome’s history ever since. The compact museum with its beautiful […]
Apollo astronauts trained on a tract of land between Camp Verde and Cottonwood for their historic trips to the moon. NASA eventually turned it into a reproduction of Fra Mauro, the lunar landing site for the ill-fated Apollo 13. It was later used for the Apollo 14 crew and as a testing site for the lunar […]
M Diamond Ranch
For a genuine western experience take time for a horseback ride and a cowboy cookout at the M Diamond Ranch, the only cattle ranch in the area open to guests. Learn about working the range, open space and wildlife habitat. The M Diamond Ranch also offers the “Little Gem” Guest House, providing private ranch vacations.
The array of caves across the Verde River from the Beasley Flat Day Use Area is known as the Mindeleff Cavate Lodge Group, named after Cosmos Mindeleff, a surveyor and architectural draftsman who recorded the site on his seminal survey of Verde River ruins. The site consists of 98 hand carved caves and 367 rooms.
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Montezuma Castle National Monument features well-preserved cliff-dwellings built by the Pre-Columbian Sinagua people around 700 AD. When European Americans discovered them in the 1860s, they named them for the Aztec emperor Montezuma II, due to mistaken beliefs that the emperor had been connected to their construction.
Montezuma Well National Monument
Montezuma Well, a detached unit of Montezuma Castle National Monument, is a natural limestone sinkhole near Rimrock, Arizona through which some 1,400,000 US gallons of water flow each day through two underground springs. Part of a prehistoric canal is preserved at the picnic ground, and portions of the original Sinagua canal are still in use.
Oak Creek Canyon Just south of Flagstaff, State Rt. 89A descends a breathtaking series of switchbacks into a scenic, smaller cousin of the Grand Canyon. Known for colorful rocks and unique formations, Oak Creek Canyon is famous the world around for its spectacular scenery. Before you drive into the canyon you’ll want to stop at […]
The Ongoing Oasis of Montezuma Well It’s not actually a well and has nothing to do with Montezuma but being wrongly named doesn’t detract at all from the serene beauty of Montezuma Well. This unique geological feature is a limestone sink formed long ago by the collapse of an immense underground cavern. A […]
Old World Guns
Part museum, part gun store, Old World Guns specializes in antique firearms. Whether you are looking for something from the days of America’s Wild West or a vintage military weapon, Old World Guns likely has what you are looking for. Old World Guns is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
There are two trails at Palatki Heritage Site, one trail that takes you to the Sinagua cliff dwellings, and a second that goes to the rock art alcoves. Neither trail is very difficult, but good walking shoes are recommended. Unfortunately, there is no handicapped access to any of the sites. Rest facilities and water are […]
Palatki Heritage Site
Archaeologists believe that construction of the Palatki cliff dwellings began about A.D. 1125 and that they were used by the Sinagua until about A.D. 1300. The West Alcove consisted of about five rooms, including what may be a community room or kiva. The East Alcove consists of five rooms on the first floor, with three rooms having a second story.
An Outdoor Museum of Indian Life On the outskirts of Sedona, Arizona, nestled against red rock cliffs is Palatki, an outdoor museum of American Indian life. By exploring Palatki’s ruins, alcoves and open spaces, it is easy to imagine how this heritage site might very well have been a “town center” for smaller Sinaguan settlements […]
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 world-class zip line over Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde Arizona! Soar over Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Hyenas, Bears, Jaguars and other natural predators!!
Red Rock Crossing is an idyllic oasis that embodies the very essence of Sedona. If you’ve seen a photo of Sedona, you’ve probably seen the poster child of formations, Cathedral Rock. And chances are that shot was taken from Red Rock Crossing. Fun for all ages So the family comes to Sedona seeking a stress-free […]
Ruins at the Honanki Heritage Site
In a remote red rock canyon outside Sedona, Arizona, just off a bumpy, unpaved road, one can find the remains of a large Sinaguan pueblo called Honanki. The heritage site is very well preserved. Some of the brick-and-mortar walls still stand, while others are in various stages of deterioration. Above the ruins are numerous pictographs. […]
Not far from V Bar V Heritage Site are the fallen remains of a 50 to 60 room pueblo with a classic Hohokam-style ball court at its base. Sacred Mountain also has significant agricultural remains, including several cultivated agaves. The basin surrounding Sacred Mountain was surveyed by the University of Arizona.
Sedona Heritage Museum
The Museum celebrates Sedona people and places from 1876-present. Housed in the historic Jordan farmstead and the last remaining building from the 1940s era Sedona western street movie set. Learn about pioneers, orcharding, cowboys, movie-making, wine-making and other local history themes.
Sedona Olde Time Photos
Sedona Olde Time Photos specializes in creating a unique photo souvenir. You can dress up in our costumes, which come in many sizes and styles. We have three sets and many props. Photos are printed in minutes and digital copies are available. We also feature the historic Bradshaw Photo Collection.
Splashdown in Camp Verde Camp Verde’s legendary swimming holes Know what they call a desert with water? If you said oasis, you’d be close. The correct answer is Camp Verde. That’s the delicious and refreshing secret of Camp Verde. While the town sits on a valley floor classified as Lower Sonoran Desert, it is probably […]
Sycamore Canyon Sycamore Canyon is the second largest canyon in Arizona and offers hikers plenty of solitude and natural beauty. The Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Trail System consists of 5 trails with a combined mileage of 11.3 miles with the longest trail being 5.6 miles. The 21 mile (33.6 km) long scenic canyon reaches a maximum […]
Tee Pee Rocks
Tee Pee Rocks are conical formations made when ash from Hackberry Mountain volcano fell on calcium-rich waters of Lake Verde. When the calcium contacted the hot ash, it formed a cement-like material that resists erosion. The holes formed when water eroded the base of the cones as they were exposed from beneath the surrounding landscape.
The Lower TAPCO River Access Point
The Lower TAPCO River Access Point, located 2 miles north of the Town of Clarkdale at 3400 Sycamore Canyon Road offers a boat launch, picnic areas, fishing, swimming, bird watching and plentiful photo opportunities. This pristine area is open every day during daylight hours except major holidays.
Enjoying an Arizona Treasure: The Verde River Greenway The Verde River Greenway State Natural Area sparkles and sings—sparkles with one of Arizona’s last free-flowing rivers and sings with its large population of nesting and migrating birds. More than 100 species of nesting and migrating song birds, raptors and waterfowl have been sighted along the greenway, […]
Tuzigoot National Monument
Tuzigoot is a small national monument, one of several sites south of Flagstaff where the remains of dwellings of the 12th century Sinagua Indians are preserved. Unlike the single cliff house of Montezuma Castle 20 miles southeast, Tuzigoot comprises a cluster of buildings, on top of a small sandstone ridge close to the Verde River Valley.
Tuzigoot River Access Point
Part of the Verde River Greenway, Tuzigoot River Access Point at 15 E. Tuzigoot Road, the RAP provides a landing area for kayaks and canoes, a ADA pathway and a shaded scenic overlook of the Verde River. Stocked with trout from November through March, the area is open during daylight hours.
Uptown is a favorite of tourists. Walking the streets in uptown Sedona is a wonderful experience. Uptown has become an important shopping district with an eclectic collection of interesting shops. This area is the site of numerous services, including the visitor center and, yes, uptown is this city’s souvenir headquarters.
V-Bar-V Heritage Site
V-Bar-V is the largest known petroglyph site in the Verde Valley and one of the best-preserved. The rock art site on the banks of Beaver Creek consists of 1,032 petroglyphs in 13 panels. In recent years, the work of local avocational archaeologist Ken Zoll has demonstrated that contained within the petroglyphs is a solar calendar.
Verde Canyon Read more about Verde Canyon: Ancient Echos of the Verde Canyon Life in the Food Chain at Verde Canyon The Verde River The Verde Canyon is a living, natural jewel at the edge of the Mogollon Rim in north-central Arizona. Enjoy breathtaking views of an unspoiled, riparian wilderness, displaying wildlife, waterfowl, unique rock […]
Verde River Hot Springs
The Verde River Hot Springs are the remains of an extensive hot-spring resort. The main pool is located on the foundation of the resort, overlooking the Verde River. The water in the main pool is 98 degrees and fits several people. There are also pools of hot-spring water in the cliffside, where small caves have been cut.
Verde Salt Mine
Verde Salt Mine played a key role in the life of the Valley’s early inhabitants. Formed by sediments from an inland freshwater lake existing between 10 and 2 million years ago, the deposit has been mined since the first century. The Hohokam and Sinagua cultures used salt as a trade item with California, New Mexico and Mexico.
Verde Valley Archaeology Center and Museum
The Verde Valley Archaeology Center hosts a FREE museum that displays artifacts from public and private collections. We have exhibits on the Sinagua culture, including rock art and pottery, an introduction to archaeological research, and a display prepared by the Yavapai-Apache Nation.