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

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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4 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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 End of Summer Means Verde River Days

Verde River Days marks the end of the summer season in Sedona Verde Valley. Every year, the weekend-long festivities take place on the last Saturday and Sunday of September. Verde River Days is packed with activities, food and refreshments, a Civil War reenactment and more. Entrance fees to Dead Horse Ranch Park are waived for […]

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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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Treat Mom to an Unforgettable Mother’s Day in Sedona Verde Valley

Mother’s Day is May 14th this year, which gives you a bit over three weeks to plan the perfect celebration for mom in Sedona Verde Valley. Sure, brunch and flowers are always much appreciated but why not taking this opportunity to plan something truly unforgettable for your mom here in Sedona Verde Valley. Whether your […]

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Valentine’s Dates ideas in Sedona Verde Valley

Sedona Verde Valley is a romantic destination year round and is the perfect destination to celebrate Valentine’s Day. As February 14th approaches, we tracked down fun and unique date ideas happening on or around Valentine’s Day to help you plan a memorable celebration with your special someone in Sedona Verde Valley. Blazin’ M Ranch 4th […]

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Welcome Spring with the 17th Annual Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival

As Spring approaches, one of the best events in Sedona Verde Valley is also around the corner. The 17th annual Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival, which includes the Verde Valley’s largest wine tasting, Verde River Runoff Canoe and Kayak Race and the Verde Valley Archaeology Fair is happening next weekend (March 18th-19th). This event […]

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What to do in Historic Old Town Cottonwood

The most important thing any visitor to Old Town Cottonwood needs to know is this: When confronted by a peacock, do not panic. Imagine how embarrassed you'll be if someone sees you run away screaming from a bird. And the chances of a peacock encounter in Old Town are pretty good. A couple of the [...]

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Where to Enjoy a Picnic in Sedona Verde Valley

Summertime in Sedona Verde Valley is prime time for outdoor activities and relaxation, especially a picnic with delicious local delights! The mild weather, sunny skies, and numerous public outdoor spaces blend beautifully to provide SVV locals and visitors with plenty of places to chow down and enjoy summer. Dead Horse Ranch State Park Dead Horse […]

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