A hot spot for wine and food lovers
Cottonwood has something for everyone. Whether you are looking to venture out into the great outdoors to explore our beautiful state parks or ranch life, or looking to visit some of our local historical sites, Cottonwood has it all.
Named for the beautiful Cottonwood trees that grow along the Verde River, Cottonwood has grown from a small farming community to the Sedona Verde Valley’s population center. Charming Old Town draws visitors with its postcard-worthy Old West atmosphere including nearly three dozen Prohibition-Era buildings. Cottonwood highlights include the Old Town Center for the Arts, the Jail Trail, Pine shadow golf course, and Arizona’s oldest craft distillery, a local brewery and tasting rooms for four local wineries that offer live music on the weekends. Another favorite Cottonwood attraction is the Blazin’ M Ranch Wild West Adventure, a living history experience and chuckwagon dinner show.
The beautiful Verde River runs through Cottonwood, and the town is near the spectacular Oak Creek Canyon area. Nearby recreational areas include Prescott National Forest, Riverfront Park, Dead Horse Ranch State Park, which offers camping and RV facilities, trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, and 20 acres of lagoons stocked with rainbow trout November through March. The Verde River Greenway State Natural Area is adjacent to Dead Horse Ranch State Park, and offers great birdwatching, hiking, fishing and picnicking opportunities and canoe or kayak launch access for the Verde River Paddle Trail.