The Sedona Verde Valley Tourism Council brings together the six communities of Camp Verde, Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Jerome, Sedona, and Yavapai-Apache Nation to celebrate local culture and enhance economic opportunities through tourism while promoting conservation.
Our mission is to unify Sedona Verde Valley into a cohesive destination and promote tourism in a way that celebrates local culture, protects the environment, and sustains the local economy.
Our vision is that in 2025, Sedona Verde Valley will be a greener, more international, year-round destination. Our iconic landscapes will draw high-value visitors, and tourism will be an engine for conservation while creating valuable, rewarding jobs for residents.
The Council is supported by annual contributions from the communities of Sedona Verde Valley and paid partnership from area businesses. Membership in SVVTC is free and open to all tourism sector businesses in Sedona Verde Valley.
Sedona Verde Valley Tourism Council is made possible with the support of our public and private sector partners. These include the following communities and tourism businesses:
Town of Camp Verde: Welcome to Camp Verde….The Center Of It All! Camp Verde’s central location, along with its mild 4-season climate and panoramic views from the vistas above our valley, has abundant outdoor recreational opportunities, and bucolic setting on the banks of the Verde River, make it one of Arizona’s premier tourist destinations. Less than an hour from Phoenix, Flagstaff, Prescott and Payson, Camp Verde and the surrounding Verde Valley offer numerous venues for visitors interested in history and cultural heritage, boating, hiking, biking, wine tasting or just taking in the landscape. Add to that mix the Out Of Africa Wild Animal Park and Cliff Castle Casino and you will begin to see why Camp Verde caters to all ages and every taste.
Town of Clarkdale: Founded in 1912 and incorporated in 1957, Clarkdale is one of the first master-planned communities in Arizona, built to provide housing and amenities for employees of the copper mines in Jerome. The original town site is on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, Clarkdale is a vibrant home town with friendly people, beautiful vistas, thriving small businesses and global industries. The Town offers two river access points along the Verde River as well as a variety of annual events including the Clarkdale-Jerome Lion’s Club Car Show in March, a Free Summer Concerts in the Park series, an old fashioned 4th of July Parade, Clarktoberfest celebration in October, a Halloween Costume Contest and a Historic home tour and Bank Robbery Re-enactment in December.
City of Cottonwood: The City of Cottonwood is the “Heart of Arizona Wine Country” nestled in a green valley between nearby Mingus Mountain and the beautiful Verde River. With natural destinations such as the Verde River, state parks, national monuments and wilderness areas, plus the added attraction of Historic Old Town Cottonwood with wine tasting rooms, this community of just over 12,000 attracts thousands of visitors each year. Its Wine tasting, craft beer making, Cottonwood Recreation Center, Verde River Days, Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival and annual Christmas Parade are only some of the attractions to this high valley community.
Jerome Chamber of Commerce: The mile high, hand-made town of Jerome was built on Cleopatra Hill in the Black Hills on the south side of the Verde Valley of Central Arizona on top of what became the wealthiest mine in the world owned by one man. Jerome grew rapidly from a tent city to a prosperous boomtown known as the “Billion Dollar Copper Camp.” It was called the wickedest town in the west by the New York Sun in 1905. After “King Copper” left town, the population fell to less than 50 persons in the late 50’s. Within five years of the mine’s closing, Jerome became the largest ghost town in America and began to be known as “Ghost City.” Today, Jerome is a colorful oasis, and a photographer’s paradise. Looking like an Italian mountain village with an assemblage of Victorian properties, many of the buildings that are home to present-day businesses were built after the fires of the 1890s. The once thriving mining camp is now a bustling tourist magnet and artistic community with a population of about 480. It includes artists, crafts people, musicians, writers, hermits, business owners, and historians among its families. Together, they form a peaceful, colorful, thriving community built on a rich foundation of real historic lore and the arts.
Sedona Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau: Start with scenery that makes your heart leap. Sedona nestles among a geological wonderland. Multi-hued stone formations jut upwards from the high desert floor creating a vivid, mesmerizing setting that changes hourly with the light. When USA Weekend compiled their Most Beautiful Places in America list, Sedona claimed the top spot. Surrounded by 1.8 million acres of national forest land, visitors have instant access to recreational activities. Trails for hiking and biking, along with bouncy jeep tracks, weave among the bristling forest of pinnacles, spires, buttes and domes. Yet, you’re never far from the indulgences of town. Sedona is equal parts rugged, equal parts resort. Regarded by Native Americans as sacred, Sedona continues to be recognized as a place of healing and spiritual renewal. Many come to experience the vortex energy centers of Sedona. Others want to prowl the 40-plus art galleries lining the streets, or to receive soothing treatments from the dozens of spa facilities. Most recently, with its nearby vineyards and tasting rooms, Sedona has emerged as a destination for wine enthusiasts. The perfect destination should seem exotic yet feel like coming home. That is the very definition of Sedona, a small town blessed with an abundance of scenic beauty. Come experience it for yourself.
Yavapai-Apache Nation: The Yavapai-Apache Nation is located in the Verde Valley, Arizona and is comprised of five (5) tribal communities: Tunlii, Middle Verde, Rimrock, Camp Verde and Clarkdale. With 2,440 total enrolled tribal members (December 2014 numbers) with over 750 residents living in the five (5) tribal communities. The Yavapai-Apache Nation consists of two distinct people, the Yavapai and Apache. The Yavapai refers to themselves as Wipuhk’a’bah and speak the Yuman language, while the Apache refer to themselves as Dil’zhe’e and speak the Athabaskan language.
Out of Africa Wildlife Park: 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. Throw in safari tours, exciting shows, educational encounters, interactive experiences, and courtesy tram service all covered with the price of admission and you’ve got one special place. All of the spacious habitats within the park are designed to stimulate natural behavior, an approach that respects the animals while providing visitors with a unique experience.
Verde Canyon Railroad: 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. The scenic excursion first launched in 1990, offering a glimpse of this treasured landscape to visitors while providing an unforgettable encounter that transcends generations.