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. […]
Apache Maid Trail
Apache Maid Trail leads hikers out of Beaver Creek Wilderness and onto the high plateau above. The trail ultimately leads to the fire lookout atop Apache Maid Mountain, but most hikers stop once the reach the plateau as the last 7.5 miles of the 10-mile long trail are often difficult to follow.
Arizona Offroad Tours
Scenic Guided ATV through Coconino & Prescott National Forests Lands. Engulf yourself in the majestic beauty of our national forest lands, the Verde Valley, Verde River & the exquisite Red Rocks of Sedona on an Arizona Offroad Tours ride. Helmet, goggles, bandana, water/light snack all provided.
One of the most visited and scenic trails in the area, Bell Trail wanders along Wet Beaver Creek and its deep, shady pools. Originally built to move cattle between the high country and the Valley floor, it is also the likely path by which the first Spanish visitors entered in 1583, looking for gold.
Bull Pen Trailhead
7.5-mile Bull Pen Trail wanders along the creek for several miles before exiting the canyon on the north side at Blodgett Basin. Remote and beautiful, West Clear Creek will not disappoint those looking to leave civilization behind. Prepare to wade the stream at several locations and keep an eye out for thunderstorms and flash floods.
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 […]
Canyon Mesa Country Club
Nine hole executive course always in great condition surrounded by beautiful red rock views. Young or old, experienced or beginner, Canyon Mesa Country Club is a great place to enjoy the day and have fun at an affordable price. Our goal is to provide all of our guests a great golfing experience.
Cedar Bench Wilderness Area
The Cedar Bench Wilderness extends from the Verde River west to the summit of the Verde Rim, the dividing line between the Verde River and Agua Fría River watersheds. There are at least nine trails that cross or skirt the wilderness area. All offer a spectacular view of the lower Verde River Valley.
Chasm Creek Trailhead
Steep and rugged, the Chasm Creek Trail leads into Cedar Bench Wilderness, one of the least visited in Arizona. It’s believed Chasm Creek was the entry point for one of the earliest visits to the Valley when in 1864 Territorial Governor John Goodwin came to the River looking for a spot for the state capital.
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.
Coconino National Forest
The Coconino National Forest is one of the most diverse National Forests in the country with landscapes ranging from the famous Red Rocks of Sedona to Ponderosa Pine Forests, to alpine tundra.
Cold Water Trail
Many authors have speculated that the Cold Water Trail was originally used by the military to transport men and supplies between Fort Verde and Fort McDowell. The 5.4-mile long trail begins at Brown Springs, south of Camp Verde, and climbs 2,500 feet to the Forest Road 68 on the Verde Rim.
Copper Canyon Trailhead
Copper Canyon Trail is a multi-use trail that runs from the Verde Rim to the Valley floor. Accessible to OHV’s, horseback riders, mountain bikers and hikers, the trail follows the path used by early settlers. A new trailhead located just off Salt Mine Road is equipped with picnic ramadas, restrooms, and OHV loading ramps.
Dead Horse Ranch State Park is a beautiful park that offers camping, hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The developed portion of Dead Horse Ranch State Park covers 423 acres. The 3,300 foot elevation accounts for the mild temperatures ideal for mountain biking in the Coconino National Forest, canoeing, picnicking, fishing, or wading in the cool water. Dead […]
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, […]
General Crook Trail
This is a section of the trail that famous Indian Wars leader General George Crook blazed from Fort Whipple (Prescott), through Fort Verde (Camp Verde), and on to Fort Apache. The trail descended into the Verde Valley by way of Copper Canyon, the same grade that Interstate 17 drops into the Valley today.
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Grief Hill Trailhead
Grief Hill was one of the earliest entry points for settlers and military units bound for the Verde Valley. Treacherous and steep, it was the site of several ambushes by Yavapai and Apache warriors attempting to stem invasions. The trail goes east from the trailhead, rounding Hull Hill before heading up into the Black Hills.
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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A Gateway to River Adventure In addition to its other attractions, Camp Verde is a gateway to adventures on the Verde River. The clear, wide, springfed waterway—the only federally designated “Wild land Scenic” river in Arizona—offers plenty of enjoyment for both novices and experienced river. I began my maiden kayaking voyage in a solo inflatable […]
Keep Sedona Beautiful
Keep Sedona Beautiful, Inc., acting through the stewardship of its members and volunteers, is committed to protect and sustain the unique scenic beauty and natural environment of the Greater Sedona Area. www.keepsedonabeautiful.org
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 historic Mail Trail follows the route ridden by mail raiders to and from Camp Verde and Payson. The same route was used in the 1860’s as a path from Fort Verde to Camp Reno on the Tonto Basin. The trail covers a section of that path from State Route 260 south to Fossil Creek.
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.
Munds Mountain Wilderness Area
Munds Mountain was a wilderness area created in 1984. Because it comprises Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock, Munds Mountain wilderness sees hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. Named for a pioneer rancher who homesteaded the area in the 1880’s, it offers a back country of slick rock, sandstone spires and unique vistas.
Nelson Place is an entry point to Pine Mountain Wilderness Area and a favorite for hikers, ten miles south of Camp Verde. The trail leads from Nelson Place before ascending to the 6,814 summit of Pine Mountain. If you go in the spring, you’ll witness numerous ladybugs that often blanket high points along the rim.
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 […]
This six-mile long trail is another one of the difficult trails leading into the rugged but spectacular Cedar Bench Wilderness Area. Rising over 2,000 feet in 6 miles, the seldom used Oxbow Trail traverses the Gap Creek Drainage, a year around stream, on their way to the Verde Rim.
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 […]
Red Rock State Park
Red Rock State Park is a 286 acre nature preserve and environmental education center with stunning scenery. Trails throughout the park wind through manzanita and juniper to reach the rich banks of Oak Creek. Green meadows are framed by vegetation and hills of red rock. The creek meanders through the park, creating a diverse habitat.
Red Rocks Secret Mountain
For those headed north from Camp Verde toward Sedona’s red rocks, Red Rock Secret Mountain offers the best red rock experience around. Composing much of the rugged landscape to the north of Sedona, it offers great views, secret hideaways and sandstone arches. Together with the neighboring Sycamore Canyon Wilderness it offers nearly 100,000 acres of isolation.
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 Parks and Recreation Department
Adult and Youth Sports, Aquatics, Camps and Programs and Special Events all year long.
Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund
A 501(C)3 non-profit organization created with just one goal: to sustain and enhance the Red Rock trail system. Every dollar donated goes directly toward our partnership with the Forest Service to achieve the essential maintenance and enhancements of these extraordinary Red Rocks trails.
Sedona Spirit Yoga & Hiking
Clear your mind and nurture your heart on a magnificent vortex hike with or without yoga. Release stress, connect with sacred land, feel Sedona energy and inner peace. Experts guide uplifting daily hikes, 5-day Sedona-Grand Canyon retreats, and solo spiritual journeys. 20+ years showing you Sedona.
Sedona Stargazing LLC
Sedona Star Gazing™ is pleased to host you for an entertaining evening of star gazing and astronomy under the canopy of Sedona’s brilliant starry sky. You will experience an incredible evening of stargazing guided by professional astronomers with decades of experience.
Slide Rock State Park, originally the Pendley Homestead, is a 43-acre historic apple farm located in Oak Creek Canyon.The park is named after the famous Slide Rock, a stretch of slippery creek bottom adjacent to the homestead. Visitors may slide down a slick natural water chute or wade and sun along the creek. In September […]
South by Southwest Adventures
Founded in early 2014, South by Southwest Adventures LLC is a company dedicated to helping you get out to explore more. As AZ natives and explorers, we at South by Southwest have heard this question many times: “Isn’t Arizona all desert, what is there even to do around here?” Well allow us to show you! […]
Stargazing in Sedona When the sun goes down and Sedona’s red rocks are blanketed by darkness, it’s possible to watch a heavenly light show—one that is rarely seen in cities where bright lights drown out the limpid night sky. What Makes Sedona such a Magical Place to Explore the Mysteries of the Night Sky? Sedona’s […]
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 […]
Sycamore Canyon Wilderness
The Verde Valley’s version of the Grand Canyon, Sycamore Canyon is the state’s oldest protected and primitive landscape. Cutting through many of the same formations seen in the Grand Canyon, Sycamore Canyon exposes over 400 million years of geologic history. There are plenty of sights to see in Sycamore Canyon.
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, […]
Towel Creek Trail
Towel Creek Trail is a trail that accesses the Verde River. Taking off from Fossil Springs Road, the trail follows a jeep path before descending Towel Creek to the river. Hikers are rewarded with the view of an ancient Sinaguan cliff dwelling on the north side of the trail before reaching the Verde River.
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.
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 Valley Birding Trail Are you a migrant or are you a year-round visitor? Actually, that’s a bird question and if you are a birding enthusiast you understand it. Birds just love our Verde River Valley and it seems not to matter whether they spend their entire lives here or if they are passing […]
Verde Rim Trail
The Verde Rim Trail runs along the spine of the 6,000-foot elevation ridgeline, looming south and west of the Verde River. The eight-mile trail runs from Pine Mountain north towards the Cedar Bench Wilderness and offers spectacular views of the rugged country through which the lower Verde River passes.
Verde River Greenway
The Greenway encompasses nearly 480 acres and is six miles long. The 3,300 foot elevation means mild temperatures for hiking along the Verde, canoeing, picnicking, fishing, or just wading in the cool water. Life along the river changes with the season, giving visitors a glimpse of great blue heron, black hawks, coyotes, and mule deer.
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.
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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 Farmers Market
From June to October, Camp Verde hosts the Verde Valley Farmers Market, the Valley’s oldest and largest “farmers only” market located under the ramada next to Fort Verde State Historical Park. This is an old-fashioned farmers market that focuses on homegrown produce and food products, attracting dozens of local vendors.
Verde Valley Kayak & Canoe Rental
Kayak the verde river in Camp Verde or Cottonwood near beautiful Sedona Arizona. Guided river tours or shuttle service available or pick up boats and do your own river run and shuttle. We use a beautiful family friendly section of the Verde River in Cottonwood, or spend time swimming or enjoying the beaches along the way.
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Walker Basin Trail
Walker Basin Trail takes off just east of Forest Road 618, south of the V Bar V Heritage Site, following a historic cattle trail starting about 4,000 feet before ascending a 5,300 foot plateau. It’s accessible by vehicle from either end, offering an opportunity to hike it one way if you make arrangements to be picked up.
West Clear Creek Wilderness
West Clear Creek has carved a narrow canyon extending 30 miles from its headwaters on the Coconino Plateau to its confluence with the Verde River. Unless you are an experienced adventurer, stick to the lower four miles or the very upper reaches. In between is a world-class canyoneering playground of deep pools, waterfalls and rugged cliffs.
Wet Beaver Creek Wilderness
Wet Beaver Creek begins on the Colorado Plateau then winds its way to Verde River. Along the way are seven cliffs and 23 pools. The only trails enter at the lower end and eventually leave the remote canyon. The upper end remains similar to when the first Spanish expedition descended its northern flank in 1583.
White Bridge Picnic Site
White Bridge Picnic Site is a developed picnic area with toilets and picnic tables located on the southeast corner of the junction of State Route 260 and the Verde River. It is also a popular site for fishing and nature viewing.
Wingfield Mesa Ruin
Wingfield Mesa Ruin, first described by Army surgeon Dr. Edgar Mearns, is located south of Clear creek. It is a unique site because of its stockade layout, 200 feet by 200 feet, single story, with a center courtyard. Nearly every other ruin in the Verde Valley was constructed of individual rooms built atop and adjacent to one another.
Woodchute Trail leads to the 7,834-foot summit of Woodchute Mountain, the highest peak in the Black Hills. The trail is level until reaching Woodchute Tank, beginning a steep assent to the flat-top peak. Once out of the forest you have a bird’s-eye view of the Verde Valley, Sedona red rocks and the San Francisco Peaks.
Woodchute Mountain is the highest point in the Black Hills. It is covered in a second growth pine forest that makes for a cool, shady place to hike when the valley floor begins to warm. It offers one of the best views of Verde Valley, extending from Perkinsville in the Verde Canyon to Camp Verde.