Learn more about our region by reading the stories from people who live, work and play in our area.

104 Fun and Fascinating Facts About Arizona

This list was compiled and researched by the Arizona Office of Tourism and the Arizona Centennial Commission staff with the assistance of Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s Official State Historian. The article was originally published on the website of the Arizona Office of Tourism. Arizona has 3,928 mountain peaks and summits—more mountains than any one of the […]

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18th Annual Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival

Camp Verde Promotions hosts the 18th Annual Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival on March 17 – 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The festival is comprised of four partnering organizations that celebrate Camp Verde’s spring harvest and heritage with the following signature events: […]

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2018 New Years Events in Sedona Verde Valley

Ring in the New Year in Sedona Verde Valley. Here are some of our favorite things to do in and around Sedona for this New Years.   Blazin’ M Ranch: New Year Magic with Eric Gilliam! Make the fall and winter seasons truly magical as illusionist Eric Gilliam debuts on stage at the Blazin’ M […]

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4 Rainy Day Activities To Do With the Kids in Sedona Verde Valley

With close to 300 days of sunshine per year, you are very likely to spend your trip to Sedona Verde Valley soaking in the sunshine and enjoying the outdoors. But we do get some rain sometimes and that doesn’t mean you won’t have fun as a family! Here are four perfect activities for rainy days […]

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A Toast to Tourism – Celebrating Collaboration in the Verde Valley

The following article originally appeared in Local First Arizona on Nov. 18, 2016 and is republished here with permission from the author.   “Incredible by beauty, nature and space, Millions of travelers visit our place. Robust in culture, history, adventure for all, May visitors be many, but their footprint be small Stay, play….. take home […]

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African Wildlife at Out of Africa

For Visitors of all Ages On a hot day in July, Boom Boom, a rescued Southern White rhinoceros, takes a nap under a large mesquite tree; Echo, a gray wolf, anxiously awaits a fresh chicken treat from a caregiver’s hand, black bear Payson stands up and begs for her supper, and Chipa, a spotted hyena, [...]

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All Aboard the Wilderness Train

If you are a fan of train travel, as I am, you know that seeing a landscape by rail is a relaxed, unhurried and deeply satisfying experience. It’s a time to let someone else take the wheel as you settle in to watch the countryside roll by, one frame at a time, with plenty of [...]

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Apache Wars

Before the arrival of European diseases, the Apache were an extremely healthy people, traveling great distances regardless of weather conditions. The could literally “live off the land,” hunting game, harvesting berries and cacti as they went, moving through summer heat or freezing cold with little, or no discomfort. Descending on the Southwest from the north, [...]

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Art is everywhere this Spring in Sedona Verde Valley!

Sedona Verde Valley truly has something to offer to everyone. Even though Spring is a perfect time to get outside, there is also a lot to do and see for all the art-lovers out there. We highlighted 3 great events that are happening soon in Sedona Verde Valley, be sure to mark your calendar!   […]

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Best activities to experience Sedona Verde Valley’s wildlife and nature this Spring

In Sedona Verde Valley, Spring is the most enjoyable season for outdoor activities with cool and pleasant temperatures. It is also a great time to observe and experience the wide variety of wildlife and nature that the area has to offer. It’s truly a magical scenery when the desert terrain bursts into a canvas of […]

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Bring Fido along to Sedona Verde Valley

Sedona Verde Valley is a great place to take your whole family on vacation and that includes your dog! No need to leave your four-legged best friend home when you come visit us. There are many hotels and restaurants that will accommodate your furry friend. You won’t miss out on any of the fun the […]

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Camp Verde offers bus trips to DBacks starting March 31 vs Colorado Rockies

Camp Verde Parks & Recreation announces another season of trips to see our Arizona Diamondbacks play the world. The Diamondbacks had a great season last year so don’t miss their champion run this year. Let us drive you to the game at air-conditioned Chase Field and drop you only minutes from your seats. Our field […]

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Camping with the Kids: Tips for First-Time Campers

Spring is just around the corner and camping is the perfect way to welcome the new season in Sedona Verde Valley. Spending the night under a tent with the kids is a great way to spend some quality time as a family, and make memories for a lifetime while enjoying the outdoors. Sedona Verde Valley, […]

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Celebrate Easter in Sedona Verde Valley

With Easter in a little over two weeks, it’s time to start making plans! Sedona Verde Valley is a great place to celebrate for those who want to enjoy a great meal with the family, spend some time outside together or go on an egg hunt with the kids, Embark on a fun Easter adventure […]

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Celebrate Wintertime in Sedona Verde Valley

Wintertime is a great time to visit Sedona Verde Valley! While we may get the occasional snow in the mountains, temperatures here hover around a balmy 60 degrees through the winter, so you can spend the coldest months outside with us! Looking for a reason to visit Sedona Verde Valley in the wintertime?  Here’s some […]

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Ultimate Margaritas crafted by bartenders at Grapes

Cool Off with These Great Summer Cocktails in Sedona Verde Valley

Beat the heat one sip at a time with these refreshing drinks crafted just for you by local bartenders. At Grapes, be sure to grab a glass of Sparkling Sangria. One of their most popular summer drinks, this refreshing beverage is made with Italian sparkling wine—prosecco—giving it a unique flavor to the traditional Spanish Sangria. […]

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Enjoy the Verde River this Spring

Now that Spring has definitely set in with temperatures in the high 70s, it is a great time to enjoy one of Sedona Verde Valley’s jewels, the Verde River. The Verde River is one of Arizona’s only two Wild and Scenic Rivers, yet it remains relatively undiscovered as a recreational resource. It’s an excellent place […]

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February Events in Sedona Verde Valley

February 2: 1st Friday in the Galleries Sedona’s finest art galleries invite you to enjoy a lively evening of openings, special guests and artist’s receptions during 1st Friday in the Galleries on February 2 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. All guests are welcome to attend free of charge. For more information on the SGA and a […]

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Four unique ways to discover Sedona Verde Valley wines and wineries

Whether you’re visiting Sedona Verde Valley as a couple or with some friends, we highly recommend that you add a visit to the local wineries to your itinerary. You’ll discover a destination rich in history, beauty, and learn about the production of exquisite Arizona wines. Thanks to growing publicity from locals, tourists, and wine aficionados […]

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Free Admission to Arizona State Parks During Martin Luther King Jr. Day Weekend

Celebrate Arizona’s Gold Medal Win for Best Managed State Park System in the Nation Governor Doug Ducey today announced that all Arizona State Parks & Trails will offer free admission during Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, in celebration of the Arizona State Parks & Trails’ recognition as the best-managed state park system in the […]

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Gift Ideas from Sedona Verde Valley

Gift Ideas from Sedona Verde Valley While Sedona is known for its spectacular views, adventure, and cuisine, visitors should take some time to admire the area’s unique shopping opportunities. Sedona is full of artists and artisans, boutiques, and specialty shops. Every season brings new festivals and open-studio events for art enthusiasts. There are fine art […]

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Going Out in Cottonwood, Arizona

  Cottonwood is home to several well-known chains and many one-of-a-kind local restaurants. Travelers can choose from all-you-can-eat buffets, delis, coffee shops, sandwich and salad specialties, drive-ins and other eateries where it is easy to drop in for a quick bite while sight-seeing. Diners can choose from family-friendly restaurants where kids are welcome and sometimes eat […]

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Grand Opening of the New Cliff Castle Casino Hotel

Cliff Castle Casino and the Yavapai-Apache Nation Announces Grand Opening of the New Cliff Castle Casino Hotel. January 9, 2018 (Camp Verde, AZ) – Cliff Castle Casino and the Yavapai-Apache Nation are proud to announce the grand opening of the newly developed Cliff Castle Casino Hotel on Friday, February 23, 2018.   Danny Gutierrez, General […]

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Highway of Wonders: The Story of State Road 89A

Trying to choose the most scenic drive in Arizona is an impossible task. The state bristles with road-friendly panoramas. You can barely drive to the corner without encountering scenery that bites your heart in half. Yet if someone were to declare State Route 89A as the most scenic drive in Arizona, such a claim would [...]

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Holiday Events in Sedona Verde Valley

Kick those winter blues with some of these great community events around the Sedona Verde Valley! Get in the season with holiday lights, events, and so much more! Sedona Verde Valley is the best place to spend the holiday season.   December 9: Christmas Bazaar and Parade of Lights in Camp Verde! Browse handmade crafts […]

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How can you make wine in the desert? Sedona Verde Valley’s viticulture secret

It’s all about microclimate. This natural phenomenon occurs when certain geographic formations result in the climate of a small region, often a valley, being significantly warmer or cooler than the surrounding area. Microclimates can also have variances in rainfall, when compared to the surrounding area, making choosing the right microclimate region essential for growing great […]

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How to Beat the Heat in Sedona Verde Valley

Summer is often the season when people living in the Valley of the Sun escape to a cooler valley–Sedona Verde Valley. Situated at an altitude of 4,500 feet, Sedona Verde Valley is located above the harsh desert heat which keeps temperatures cooler. Sedona Verde Valley is the perfect place to spend summer outside of cities […]

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Introducing Sedona Verde Valley’s New Tourism Website

We are excited to announce that Sedona Verde Valley’s new website has launched! Our recently redesigned website is the best place to find inspiring and practical travel-planning information for your next trip to Sedona Verde Valley. Visit SedonaVerdeValley.org for information on where to go, where to stay, where to eat, and what to do in Sedona Verde Valley. We […]

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Kids can “Explore, Learn, Protect” Sedona Verde Valley as Junior Rangers

We are lucky to count six different state and national protected areas, all easily accessible, in Sedona Verde Valley. From breathtaking natural sites to ancient cliff dwellings, Sedona Verde Valley has much to offer for everyone who comes to visit. And while it’s easy for adults to admire the beauty of the scenery or the history, kids are sometimes […]

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Local Musicians perform “Music in the Stacks”

The next Music in the Stacks, a free monthly concert series, will take place on Thursday, February 8th at 5:30 pm in Camp Verde Community Library‘s Fireside Room. Music in the Stacks is a showcase of local and national musicians who entertain regularly in Northern Arizona. There are 5-7 different performers during the show, with […]

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Menus to please the kids (and the parents!) in Sedona Verde Valley

Finding a kid-friendly restaurant when you’re traveling can be a pain, but Sedona Verde Valley has tons of options for going out with your little ones!  We reached out to restaurants across the region to ask what kids- and parents- love about their place. If you’re coming to Sedona Verde Valley with kids, here’s some places […]

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New Picnic Ramadas at Rezzonico Family Park

Camp Verde Parks & Recreation is excited to announce the completion of two new Picnic Ramadas at Rezzonico Family Park. One is a two table ramada overlooking the Verde River to provide an enjoyable spot for a family to watch the river and enjoy a nice lunch. The other is a larger 4 table ramada […]

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Newly Certified Sustainable Businesses in Sedona Verde Valley

SNAP Fitness in West Sedona and SPEX (Sedona Philosophy Experience) just got certified as sustainable businesses at the Bronze/Conservationist level and McLean Meditation earned Silver/Innovator.  Thirty-five organizations are now certified as a Sustainable Business in a wide range of industries including community services, health and wellness, home and garden, and retail. They span the Verde Valley, including […]

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Campe Verde Cornfest

Nothing Says Summer Like Camp Verde’s Cornfest

You’re invited to Camp Verde’s annual Corn Fest 2016! Camp Verde’s free annual festival welcomes summer and celebrates family and community at Fort Verde State Park. The festival showcases the beauty of small town life and the importance of Sedona Verde Valley’s oldest frontier settlement. It’s a great, family-friendly event for locals and visitors alike. Corn Fest 2016 will feature a craft […]

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Only in Sedona Verde Valley

  Sedona Verde Valley is a unique place known for its startling beauty, invigorating adventure, distinctive culture and unforgettable experiences. Because we believe this area is so special, we wanted to highlight the special things that you can only enjoy in Sedona Verde Valley.  Iconic Southwestern Landscapes A wonderland of more than 100 stunning trails, people […]

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Our Favorite Swimming Holes in Sedona Verde Valley

Looking for a place to cool down after basking in the bright summer sun? Sedona Verde Valley is full of refreshing swimming holes throughout the region. While Slide Rock is the most popular and well-known swimming hole in the region and is definitely worth a visit, we wanted to share SVV’s stunning hidden gems with you. […]

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Participate in a Reenactment at Fort Verde State Historic Park

Fort Verde State Historic Park has four opportunities for history buffs to participate in reenactment events this year! Interested volunteers just need to complete a registration form and indicate which events they are interested in participating in.  Events this year include: Buffalo Solider & Vintage Baseball, February 17, 2018 History of the Solider, April 7-8, […]

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Pursuing Passion on the Verde Valley Wine Trail

Ever wonder what passion tastes like? It’s easy enough to find out. Just travel the Verde Valley Wine Trail and discover a world of vineyards, wineries, tasting rooms, shops and restaurants that are all part of the hearty wine culture taking root in the area. It begins with the boutique wineries huddled on rocky shoulders […]

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Sedona Marathon Event Partners with CLIF Bar

SEDONA, Ariz. (December 26, 2017) – The 13th Annual Sedona Marathon Event is pleased to announce their collaboration with CLIF Bar & Company. CLIF Bar products will be available to all registrants at the 10 aid stations located every two miles throughout the course. “We are excited to collaborate with CLIF in 2018. Sedona Marathon […]

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Sedona Verde Valley’s Quirkiest Restaurants

Sedona Verde Valley’s Quirkiest Restaurants Sedona Verde Valley has a variety of activities for the whole family, including unique restaurants for every kind of appetite. While the Verde Valley region has grown into a popular getaway for wine lovers, a variety of tasty restaurants have also sprung up around the region. Visitors will be happy […]

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Signs of Autumn in Sedona Verde Valley

Signs of Autumn in Sedona Verde Valley Scenic Views   Though chilly temperatures start rolling in early September, Autumn in Sedona Verde Valley is best experienced in late September through mid-October. Fall leaves take on vivid, bright colors, while blue skies and crisp weather attracts adventure-seekers from all corners of the country. The combination of […]

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Summer Fun on the Verde

Susan Culp Summers in Arizona are hot, and when the thermometer starts creeping up above the 110 mark, it’s time to beat the heat of the urban jungle and escape up north to bask in the cooler temperatures. And while many in Phoenix head up I-17 for the weekend to enjoy time in the cool […]

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Summer in Sedona Verde Valley

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. […]

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Summertime Films and Concerts in Sedona Verde Valley

Escape the heat with summer beats and film screenings. To help you navigate Sedona Verde Valley’s summer series of events, we’ve compiled some helpful information below: A Medley of Music For live music venues, these local joints have performances throughout the week: Vino Di Sedona: Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening, local musicians and bands perform […]

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Sustainability Alliance Certifies Three More SVV Businesses

THREE MORE CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE BUSINESSES IN SEDONA Do you want your money to go toward organizations that give back to the community? The Sustainable Business Certification identifies and recognizes organizations that are doing the most for their employees, the community and the environment. The Sustainability Alliance is delighted to announce that the following local organizations have […]

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Take a Paddle on the Wild Side: A Trip Down the Verde River Wild & Scenic Stretch

By Susan Culp Many of the most popular stretches for paddlers along the Verde River are through the sections of the Middle Verde known affectionately as the “mild and scenic.” There are few serious hazards within this stretch, as the river has some fun Class II riffles and is safe and enjoyable for inexperienced boaters, […]

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The best BBQ joints in Sedona Verde Valley

Arizona has some of the best barbecue in the West, and Sedona Verde Valley has some of the best BBQ in Arizona! If you’ve got a hankering for bbq, be sure to check out these local favorites in Sedona Verde Valley, in no particular order: 1. Blazin’ M Ranch, Cottonwood A family-friendly dinner theater and […]

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The Best Places For Ice Cream in Sedona Verde Valley

Ice cream–the summer food essential for survival. Don’t fudge up your day; cookie “doughn’t” go without a cone as you make your way through Sedona Verde Valley’s rocky roads. All terrible dad puns aside, there really is no better way to celebrate a great summer day than with a perfect scoop of ice cream, and […]

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The Sustainability Alliance in Sedona Verde Valley

In today’s blog post, we highlight an organization that is working hard to make Sedona Verde Valley more sustainable. The Sustainability Alliance brings together non-profits in north/central Arizona that work towards a more sustainable community whether it’s through land use, transportation, energy, food, waste, water or energy/climate. Five non-profits coming together The Sustainability Alliance was […]

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Three days with the family in Sedona Verde Valley

Sedona Verde Valley has tons of fun activities and unique things to do to make for a memorable getaway with your family. To help you make the most of your time in Sedona Verde Valley we put together an itinerary of activities for a perfect 3-day trip with the kids. Day One Morning An ATV Tour or Safari […]

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