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

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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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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New Verde Ranch RV Set to Open

Verde Ranch RV Resort, a brand-new RV and vacation cottage resort tucked in the “center of everything” that beckons visitors to Arizona, is set to open this August. Reservations are already being taken for Verde Ranch’s 400+ premium full hookup RV sites and well-appointed vacation rental cabins. Verde Ranch’s convenient location just off Highway 260 […]

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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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Embellish Yourself through the Art of Embroidery in Sedona Verde Valley

Master dressmaker, Debra Somontes teaches her love of stitching to teens Beginning Friday, March 29 @2:00 p Debra Somontes will teach the use of hand embroidery to embellish a t-shirt, bag, jeans, skirt, pillow, and more. Teens and/or their parents interested in creating unique pieces, meet in the Teen Library at Camp Verde Community Library […]

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45 of Local First Graders to Receive Free Bikes from Can’d Aid Foundation at Sedona Mountain Bike Festival

Can’d Aid is all about spreading people powered do-goodery through Towns, Tunes, Treads + Trails and Love Yur Mama efforts nationwide. A publicly funded national nonprofit organization based in Colorado, Can’d Aid is a game changer in the way people build community. Through their Treads + Trails program alone, they have enlisted thousands of volunteers […]

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Earth Day in the Verde Valley

What’s Your Earth Month offering? Last year the Verde Valley Earth Day Extravaganza went all weekend surrounding Earth Day. We listed over 40 events with probably 1000 people participating. This year, the Sustainability Alliance is declaring Earth Day Month, all April! One day or one weekend just doesn’t do Mother Nature justice! What are you […]

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Local Musicians perform “Music in the Stacks” for Valentine’s Day

Looking for something to do with your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day that won’t cost a dime? Join us for Music in the Stacks, a free monthly concert series, that will take place on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, February 14th at 5:30 pm in Camp Verde Community Library’s Fireside Room. Music in the Stacks is a showcase […]

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RunSedona Announces Winner of Aid Station Contest

Annual event gives back to non-profit organizations.  Every year, to add the excitement and comradery of the RunSedona event, a $200 award is offered to the best aid station. Since the RunSedona event offers three races including 5K, 10, and the half marathon, aid stations are strategically positioned every two miles to support participants hydration, […]

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Enjoy and Conserve the Verde River

Of course, everything revolves around the life-giving Verde River. The story of human habitation, the agricultural bounty and astonishing diversity of flora and fauna begin and end with that watery ribbon twisting through arid uplands. There is a joyful defiance to a perennial flowing stream in Arizona, a sneer at looming desert and an embrace […]

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The Orphan Trains – Foundlings on the Frontier

​Join us in the Terracotta Room at Camp Verde Community Library at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, January 22nd for free presentation of the program “The Orphan Trains – Foundlings on the Frontier” The Arizona Humanities Council has funded a 4-city tour of this multi-media program in January and February, 2019. Public libraries in Clifton, Globe, […]

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Experience USA’s Largest Projection Show on a Natural Canvas with the Sedona Northern Lights

From December 13-16, Sedona Northern Lights will Showcase Sedona’s Dark Skies and Vibrant Culture. Celebrate the spirit of the holiday season in Sedona with USA’s largest Projection show on a natural canvas: Sedona Northern Lights. Produced by LA-based PaintScaping, a world leader in 3D projection mapping, this massive holiday light show will occur for only […]

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Clarkdale Rocks Gem & Mineral Show

The Annual Clarkdale Gem and Mineral Show and Sale will be held at the Clark Memorial Clubhouse Auditorium , 19 N. Ninth Street in Clarkdale, Arizona on February 22nd, 23rd and 24th, 2019. On Friday and Saturday the show will be open to the public from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM, and on Sunday the […]

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Memory Writing: a Special “Writing for Fun” Workshop with Ann Metlay

Join us Monday, January 28th from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm at Camp Verde Community Library for a writing workshop for writers and for those who don’t label themselves writers – but want to record memories. This workshop is especially for those who want to share their writing with others. Editing makes your writing more […]

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Friday Youth Class

Camp Verde Parks & Recreation is excited to announce new programming for youth ages 1st-8th grade! Registration is open now for our first class, “Fun, Fitness, and Indoor Sports” that begins on Friday, January 18 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Class is open to all kids in that age group and will be held at Camp Verde […]

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Parks & Recreation Day Trips

January 4, 2019 – Sign up for our next two trips with Camp Verde Parks & Recreation to warmer spots! Join us Friday January 18 at the Desert Caballeros Museum in Wickenburg. Check out the western art from Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell and many others. Enjoy historic western artifacts and displays of pioneer ranch […]

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Camp Verde Announces Diamondbacks Bus Trips

Camp Verde Parks & Recreation announces another season of trips to see our Arizona Diamondbacks play the world. Let us drive you to the game at air-conditioned Chase Field and drop you only minutes from your seats. Our field level seats are in Section 111, down the right field line, just a short walk from […]

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Camp Verde Halloween Trunk or Treat Event

Camp Verde Parks & Recreation announces that the time is here! The event you’ve waited all year for – Main Street Trunk or Treat! Wednesday, October 31 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm come on down to Main Street from ACE Hardware to the Camp Verde Feed Store and look at all the displays and costumes […]

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Phoenix Zoo Trip

Ride along with Camp Verde Parks & Recreation to the world famous Phoenix Zoo. Explore one of the nation’s largest non-profit zoos, committed to conservation and providing experiences that inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world. Home to more than 1500 animals including more than 30 different endangered and threatened species […]

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Empowered in Paradise

Discover Your Purpose, Potential & Passion for Life Dolvett Quince, Celebrity Fitness Coach known for his tenacious, yet motivating workouts, launches a new wellness experience called Empowered in Paradise. Empowered in Paradise is a one-of-a-kind wellness adventure that enables the participant to look at life through a new lens; giving support and guidance through 1-day, […]

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The 14th Annual RunSedona Event is Back!

The 14th Annual RunSedona event (formally the Sedona Marathon Event) is taking place on February 2, 2019. Gather your family and friends to start your year off with fitness goals on a course that you will never forget. Register before September 30 to save with Early Bird Pricing! This boutique destination running event is expected […]

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Inaugural Camp Verde Dark Sky Festival

T-Shirts We will be selling 100 T-shirts sizes M – 2XL in 3 different designs at the event for $20 CASH. ALL proceeds will go to dark sky programs and events. Sales start at 2pm and ends when sold out. The design on the left will have glow in the dark stars and sponsors on […]

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Camp Verde Lions Club Car Show

Rev up your engines and get in gear for a great time… Camp Verde Lions Club 19th Annual Fort Verde Days Car Show. Saturday, October 13th 2018 7 AM – 2 PM Bring your classic vehicles, motorcycles, and custom cars to the Rio Verde Plaza and the Yavapai Title parking area at 497 S. Main Street. Register […]

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Stresses Slip Away in Sedona Verde Valley

For centuries Sedona has been known as a place of renewal. It is one of the most sacred healing spots on earth, with a long Native American tradition of ceremony and vision quests. Just by coming to Sedona, one leaves the stresses of the world behind. There are no long commutes, no tall buildings, no […]

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Small Town, Big Music

Rolling Stone magazine calls Frank Ray, “one of 10 new country artists you need to know”, and he performs at Cliff Castle Casino! Frank Ray opens for big names like Keith Urban, Josh Turner, Eli Young Band, Mark Chesnutt, and soon, Clint Black. Look for his original “Every Time You Run”, a Top 10 hit […]

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An African Safari in Arizona

By Jessica MacLean In the ticket line, I catch a glimpse of what our day has in store: a giraffe sticking its entire head into a safari bus! General admission is free for me since it’s my birthday month and my husband takes advantage of our AAA membership for 20% off. On the African Bush […]

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Dramatic Dining at its Finest

By Jessica MacLean With options like Sutler’s Steakhouse on Camp Verde’s Main Street and Robbie’s Restaurant just north in Rimrock, small town dining can be surprisingly delicious—and dramatic? From a wild west murder before Arizona was a state to a destructive fire shortly after opening, the history behind these restaurants sound more like movie plots […]

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