Learn more about Sedona Verde Valley by reading the stories told by people who live, work and play here.

Love the Wine You’re With

Friends of the Southwest Wine Center proudly present “Love the Wine You’re With” fundraiser. Come join us on the Yavapai College Clarkdale Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive, Clarkdale Arizona. Saturday, October 23, 2021, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Enjoy an afternoon in the beautiful Verde Valley where you can sample wines created by the […]

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Sedona Winefest Returns!

On September 25-26, 2021 the Sedona Winefest will be returning for its 12th annual celebration at the Sedona Posse Grounds Park (525 Posse Ground Rd., Sedona, Arizona 86336). A two-day wine festival featuring 30 Arizona wineries, music, food trucks, a Plein Air Painting demonstration on Saturday, the Sugar Thieves live on Sunday and a variety […]

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The Law Tigers & Main Stage Present: Miss TVR 2021 Pin-Up & Biker Babe Competition

The Law Tigers & Main Stage Present: Miss TVR 2021 Pin-Up & Biker Babe Competition This year’s Miss Thunder Valley Rally encompasses both the classic “Pin-Up” as well as the “Classic Biker Babe”. Girls will be competing for the title of Miss TVR 2021. The competition itself will be held at Main Stage Bar, 1 […]

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Verde Valley Farmer’s Market

From May to October, Camp Verde hosts the Verde Valley Farmers Market, the Valley’s oldest and largest “farmers only” market. The market is located under the ramada next to Fort Verde State Historical Park on Hollamon Street. This is an old-fashioned farmers market that focuses on homegrown produce and food products, and it attracts dozens of […]

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Verde Ranch RV Resort Wins Award

At the recent Arizona Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (AZ ARVC) Conference, Verde Ranch RV Resort received the prestigious honor of being named the state’s “Large Park of the Year.” This award reflects Verde Ranch’s commitment to creating an exceptional, clean, and exciting experience for its campers.   The AZ ARVC recognized Verde Ranch RV Resort […]

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22nd Annual Fantastic Family 4th of July in Cottonwood!

City of Cottonwood will be holding the 22nd Annual Fantastic Family 4th of July event this year on Sunday, July 4, 2021. Join the celebration at Cottonwood Kid’s Park from 4 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Enjoy free food from 4-6 p.m., the VFW Patriotic Salute, Verde Valley Wine Consortium Tent, kid’s games (with wristband purchase), […]

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Forest Closure

The National Forest Service has closed the Coconino National Forest indefinitely due to persistent wildfires in the Northern Arizona wilderness and the ongoing threat of fire caused by dry conditions. This map shows the closed area, which includes land encompassed by the Red Rock Ranger District  surrounding Sedona. The public is prohibited from entering any […]

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Rhythm on the Rails

The pulsing tempo of steel wheels on an iron track make for the perfect percussion to accompany live music amidst wild Arizona scenery. Back by popular demand, Verde Canyon Railroad proudly presents “Rhythm on the Rails” on select evenings during the 2021 summer season. Several musical groups representing diverse melodic genres will rotate throughout the […]

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Camp Verde looking forward to Corn Fest

Corn Fest is back for 2021 on Saturday July 17 in Downtown Camp Verde. Enjoy this one-day event featuring fresh roasted Hauser & Hauser corn in a Street Fair type setting. Lots of other good eats with food trucks and live musical entertainment plus vendors with all types of products for sale. Gates open at […]

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Verde Valley BioBlitz

Join Friends of the Verde River, Science Vortex, and our partners for the first annual Verde Valley BioBlitz! A Bioblitz is a community effort where volunteers find and identify as many living species as they can during a designated window of time. The Verde Valley Bioblitz starts on Earth Day, April 22nd and continues for […]

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Sedona Car Show

          The Sedona Car Club’s 38th annual Car Show is scheduled for 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Sedona Airport. This year’s show will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the E Type Jaguar. Check-in time for cars entered in the show is from 8 a.m. until 10 […]

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Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival

The Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival engages birders, photographers, and nature lovers by providing quality guided birding experiences and workshops across Northern Arizona. The four-day festival is held at Dead Horse Ranch State Park on the banks of the Verde River. With close proximity to the Verde, Oak Creek, Sycamore Creek and other perennial […]

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Camp Verde’s Pecan & Wine Festival April 17-18

The 20th annual Camp Verde Pecan & Wine Festival returns stronger than ever this year after being moved to April 17 & 18 from its usual March spot. Community Center Field in Downtown Camp Verde is the place to be on Saturday 11 -7 and Sunday 11 – 4.  With over 70 vendors including food, […]

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Birding 101 Comes to Camp Verde

Northern Arizona Audubon Society (NAAS) presents Birding 101, a backyard birding class and field trip. Start inside the Library’s 1st Floor Terracotta Room on Friday, April 9 at 1:00p and then meet Saturday morning, April 10 at 8:00a under the Ramada near Moser Lane at Rezzonico Family Park for a bird walk. Never been birding […]

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Annual Campout at Out of Africa- May 22, 2021

    If you’ve ever wondered what happens at a wildlife park after the last guest leaves, this is your chance to find out firsthand — the perfect opportunity to see animal behavior under a canopy of stars. Bring your sleeping gear and join us for a limited-engagement campout at Out of Africa Wildlife Park […]

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Leave No Trace

Visiting Sedona Verde Valley is an exciting and often bucket list experience. There’s nothing like capturing that view you’ve been dreaming of and sharing the memories of the epic experience with friends and family online or in person. The only thing that can take away from that moment: when there’s garbage, feces, graffiti, or other […]

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A Love Letter to Cottonwood

A Love Letter to Cottonwood By: Roger Naylor I’m not sure what drew me to the Verde Valley. The first time I drove through Cottonwood was 1975 while a college student at Northern Arizona University. There was only one stoplight unless my memory deceives me. In the ensuing years I passed through the burg a […]

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Violette's Bakery Cafe

What to do in Clarkdale, AZ

Clarkdale may be a small destination, but it’s packed full of fun to explore and discover. Here are a few highlights we recommend: Verde Canyon Railroad: The casual grace of train travel never goes out of style. From the moment you step aboard the renovated vintage train, you are whisked back to a time of […]

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Gratitude in Sedona Verde Valley

It’s that time of year, Thanksgiving. While this year may be very different for all of us in terms of work, school, and home life, we have plenty to be thankful for and we’d like to share why that includes Sedona Verde Valley. Sedona Verde Valley is located in the heart of Arizona. It’s centrally […]

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New Ryal Canyon Trailhead

Are you ready for a new hiking adventure, specifically one that’s off of the beaten path and maybe is not as well known? Maybe you’ve tackled Devil’s Bridge, Doe Mesa, the Jail Trail, and you’re ready for something new. Want to feel on top of the world with plenty of views? Ryal Canyon Trail is […]

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Tlaquepaque & The Marigold Mural Project

“Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.” – Emily Dickinson Loss is personal and can sometimes be hard to express just how to share those feelings or what to do. We’ve found, often when visitors explore Sedona Verde Valley, they want to remember lost loved ones even more. This time of year […]

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Camp Verde Sports Complex

The Town of Camp Verde and Parks & Recreation are excited about the continued progress at the new Sports Complex, which is located on about 100 acres of Town land behind the Verde Ranger Station off SR 260, and want to update everyone on our plans and progress. Construction on the Sports Complex began back […]

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Dead Horse Ranch State Park

The Little Things…

Just because we’re wearing masks, socially distancing, and maybe not boarding a plane to reach exotic destinations doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy what is some of the most beautiful terrain and unique opportunities in all the world. Right here in Sedona Verde Valley we have a treasure trove of gems to be discovered behind every […]

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Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival

Cottonwood, Arizona’s based Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival: 2021 Art Competition and Theme Revealed

Cottonwood, Arizona’s based Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival: 2021 Art Competition and Theme Revealed Calling all bird lovers and artists around in and around Arizona! Friends of the Verde River, the organizers of Cottonwood, Arizona’s based Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival (VVBNF) l, has just released the theme of the 2021 event in […]

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Annual Christmas Craft Bazaar & Parade of Lights

Camp Verde Parks & Recreation reminds every one of our annual Christmas Craft Bazaar and Parade of Lights Saturday, December 14th. Register now for your entry in the parade for its 19th year. The parade kicks off at 6:00 pm along Main Street in Downtown and registration is free. Floats should be decorated with plenty […]

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First Annual Local Holiday Shopping Bazaar

The city of Sedona and the Sedona Chamber of Commerce are hosting Merry Midpoint for the celebration of the halfway completion of the road improvement project in Uptown Sedona. The Shops at Pinon Pointe are bringing the holiday cheer with a shopping experience not to be missed. On Tuesday, December 3 between 3:00 – 8:00 […]

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Light up the Mountain Celebration on November 30th in Jerome, Arizona

Photo by Ron Chilston. The Upper Park in Jerome is the place to be for the lighting of the town Christmas Tree. Once again, it is Christmas in Jerome and that means an afternoon of photos with Santa, music by Mingus Union High School Choir and Jazz Band and a night of luminarias, reading of […]

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Climate Change and the Impacts on the Southwest

Flagstaff lead Meteorologist, Darren McCollum presents: “Climate Change and the Impacts on the Southwest. This community event is free to the public and will be at the Camp Verde Community Library, 130 Black Bridge Rd from 11am-1pm. Please join us for this presentation by Flagstaff Meteorologist Darren McCollum. The program will give a brief overview […]

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“Music in the Stacks” Offers Free Music Series at Camp Verde Community Library

The next Music in the Stacks, a free monthly concert series, will take place on Thursday, November 14th at 5:30 pm in Camp Verde Community Library’s Terracotta Room. Music in the Stacks is a showcase of local and national musicians who entertain regularly in Northern Arizona. There are 4-6 different performers during the show, with […]

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Camp Verde Library Endowment Grants $15,000 to the Library

20 years of fundraising begins to make a difference. The Town of Camp Verde pauses today to give itself an extremely well-deserved pat on the back. Perhaps several. Twenty years ago, Dorothy Wood, Sharon Massey, Pat Hjalmarson, and Vada Lavato joined forces to pull together community leaders and educators for a special project. Their vision? […]

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CBD Sedona is now a Certified Sustainable Business

CBD Sedona is now a Certified Sustainable Business at the Conservationist/Bronze level by the Sustainability Alliance. CBD Sedona owners Aalia Kazan and Edward Gordon, L.Ac., didn’t start out selling CBD. Their West Sedona clinic began as an Acupuncture and Sound Therapy office. “When patients kept asking for CBD we decided to investigate the science behind […]

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Camp Verde’s Corn Fest is a Success

The Town of Camp Verde organized the successful return of Corn Fest this past Saturday! The street fair format and the air-conditioned gym were a rousing success with over 3,500 attendees enjoying food, quality products, crafts and entertainment from over 50 vendors. Hauser and Hauser corn was the highlight with 500 dozen ears roasted or […]

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Sedona Poké Restaurant just became a Certified Sustainable Business

Ryan Nichols may have rescued your computer in the past, but now he’s focused on pleasing your taste buds. After running a successful computer repair shop, Nichols wanted to try his hand at food – so he turned over management of the repair business and opened Sedona Poké restaurant right next door. Nichols purchased all […]

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Oaxaca Restaurant, a Certified Sustainable Restaurant in Uptown Sedona

In an industry known for turnover, Oaxaca Restaurant in Uptown Sedona has such great employment practices that team members stick around; some employees have been there 35 years, and you can even find father-son pairs on staff.<br><br> Owners Carla and Mark Butler and their management team have created a family atmosphere with flexible hours so […]

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Sedona Among “Best Small Towns” in America

Sedona, Arizona, “The Most Beautiful Place on Earth,” continues to add accolades from visitors and travel media, taking fourth place in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 “Best Small Towns to Visit in the USA.” “Nowhere else will you find a landscape as dramatically colorful,” the report declares. “The towering red rocks and jagged sandstone […]

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Come Explore Jerome Art Walk July 6th

Jerome Art Walk celebrates the Fourth of July weekend in artistic style as galleries and studios open the doors for an evening of summertime enchantment on July 6th. From the Anderson-Mandette Gallery at the Old Jerome High School to Made in Jerome Pottery at the other end of town, delightful surprises abound in this artist […]

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Diamondbacks vs Milwaukee Bus Trip July 21

Registration is still available for Camp Verde Parks & Recreation’s trip to see the Arizona Diamondbacks play the Milwaukee Brewers, Sunday July 21. The bus leaves at 10:30 enroute to our air-conditioned seats in Section 111, down the right field line, just a short walk from our bus. Relax in the bus for the drive […]

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Camp Verde Cornfest

July Means Corn Fest!

If it’s July, it must be Corn Fest time! Camp Verde’s signature summer event returns Saturday, July 20 in Downtown for its 27th year. Come to this free event focusing on the agricultural heritage of Camp Verde featuring fresh roasted Hauser & Hauser corn, as well as prepared food, and a wide variety of other […]

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Free Red, White and Pool Day in Camp Verde

Thanks to our sponsor, the Clif and Dee Jenkins Trust, we are offering our second FREE admission themed pool day for children 12 and under on Friday July 5 from Noon to 6pm at the Camp Verde Heritage Pool. Kids will also get free 4th of July themed items like sunglasses while supplies last and […]

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Certified Sustainable Wineries in the Verde Valley

By Darcy Hitchcock, co-founder of the Sustainability Alliance It surprises many people that Arizona has over 100 wineries, and a number of them are in the Verde Valley. Since there are so many, why not favor and visit the ones that are certified as Sustainable Businesses? Here are two that have earned the Innovator/Silver level […]

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Sedona Beer Company Recognized for Sustainability

Sedona Beer Company just became a Certified Sustainable Business at the Innovator/Silver level. Photo: Vyto Starinskas, Verde News As part of a strong commitment to local sourcing, Sedona Beer buys key ingredients from the Verde Valley. The base malt for all their beer is grown by the Hauser family and malted in the Verde Valley […]

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Participate in Corn Fest 2019

Corn Fest is back for 2019 and looking for vendors! Join us Saturday July 20 in Downtown Camp Verde for our signature Corn Fest event focusing on the agricultural heritage of Camp Verde. This one day event features fresh roasted Hauser & Hauser corn, food and other vendors with products for sale as well as […]

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Earth Day Celebrations Achieved Zero Waste in Sedona Verde Valley

By Darcy Hitchcock This year, the Sustainability Alliance declared Earth Day Month. At least thirty-five different groups held Earth Day events in the Verde Valley during April involving well over 6000 people. (Roughly half of the events reported their participation to us estimated at 5924). Events ranged from the Yavapai/Apache/Camp Verde Earth Day Celebration to […]

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Chocolita Has Recipe for Success

by Jessica MacLean for the city of Sedona Raw Cacao: Recipe for Success Winning first place at the Moonshot AZ Pioneer Pitch event, Sarah Ann Lesslie—owner of Chocolita in Sedona—handmakes raw chocolates with wild-crafted ingredients. On April 11-13, 2019, Sedona and Verde Valley entrepreneurs competed for cash, scholarships, and prizes while working with mentors to […]

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Arizonas’s Children Association Announces Kindergarten Readiness Fair on El Dia de Los Ninos/Los Libros

Children entering Kindergarten and their parents are invited to a Kindergarten Readiness Fair on Tuesday, April 30th. The event will be held at the Camp Verde Community Library from 4-7pm. Admission is free with the support of a First Things First grant, and collaborations with the Camp Verde Community Library, Head Start, Camp Verde Parks […]

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Sedona Chamber Celebrates Earth Day with Free Reusable Straws

In 2018, The Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau joined forces with the City of Sedona, Sedona Compost, Keep Sedona Beautiful and the Sustainability Alliance to launch Straw Free Sedona, a campaign that encourages local businesses and their patrons to cease use of plastic straws. Since then, dozens of businesses have pledged to avoid […]

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As Sedona Trail Keeper Sponsors Increase, so does Trail Funding

The Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau donated $100,000 to the Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund on February 28, 2019! During the annual Sedona Trail Keepers donation event, $35,000 was donated from 35 local business sponsors with an equal match of funds from visitor bed tax contributions from the Chamber’s tourism budget, totaling $70,000. […]

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Verde Ranch RV Resort

Verde Ranch RV Resort – Where Camping Meets Resort Life! Located in Camp Verde, Arizona, the all-ages resort offers full-hookup RV sites, vacation cabins and a modern clubhouse with luxurious amenities. For more information, visit www.verderanchrvresort.com.

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Verde Valley Earth Day Extravaganza

Celebrate the Earth! Last year the Verde Valley Earth Day Extravaganza went all weekend surrounding Earth Day. The Sustainability Alliance listed over 40 events. This year, the Sustainability Alliance is declaring Earth Month, all April! One day or one weekend just doesn’t do Mother Nature justice! Find fun, inspirational and educational events at www.VVEarthDay.com. Here […]

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