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A hometown parade and handmade chocolates are highlights of a nostalgic yuletide tradition in Cottonwood—the biggest little town in Arizona. On the first Saturday in December the community stages its version of the Macy’s Parade. At 11 a.m. floats, bands, old cars, marching groups and, of course, Santa Claus start from the Verde Valley Fairgrounds and wind their way through town along Cherry and Main Streets to Old Town Cottonwood.
Later in the day, a Chocolate Lover’s Walk takes place in historic Old Town between 4 and 8 p.m. The Chocolate Walk is a ticketed event limited to 400 participants.
Since 1993, Old Town shopkeepers have gotten into the spirit of “the most wonderful time of the year” by decorating their shops inside and out with poinsettias, lights and holiday finery and making a chocolate treat to share—one item per ticket holder from each participating merchant.
In the fall, Sedona area artists will be coming to the Fall Arts & Crafts Fair at the Sedona Heritage Museum and bringing their collections of fine art, folk-art and handmade crafts of all kinds.
The fair is a popular annual event. There is no cost to attend. Nearly fifty vendors will be showcasing their products both inside the museum and on the surrounding grounds—a delightful mix of handmade items from cards that sell for a dollar or two to wood carvings, baskets, pottery, purses and clothing, stocking stuffers and fine art that can cost several hundred dollars. The range of work is impressively extensive. There will also be a bake sale.
Those who want to spend the day in the museum’s beautiful setting can enjoy picnic tables and shade trees. Anyone can pack a lunch or buy lunch on-site prepared by the Sedona Community Center, along with home-made goodies, such as breads, pies and cookies, baked by museum docents and volunteers.
Fort Verde Days not only celebrates the military post around which Camp Verde grew, but also serves as the community’s annual homecoming. A carnival, parade and a host of events at Fort Verde State Park highlight this annual event. This family-friendly event takes place on the second weekend in October with a good dose of patriotism, history and fun.
Fort Verde Days feature such events as flag-raising ceremonies; cavalry and infantry drills; an 1870s fashion show; free access to Fort Verde and its architectural and museum displays; period church services; cannon fire and historic reenactments. There is also a hometown baseball game, a Boardwalk-style fair with a Ferris wheel and many other rides, homemade food (such as barbecue, ice cream and jellies), games, live music, and vendors selling an assortment of novelties—from wind-powered metal art and oversized coloring books to truck and auto stickers. There is also and an old-fashioned parade, which engages the entire town.
On the last Saturday and Sunday in September, a meadow at Dead Horse Ranch State Park is turned into a battlefield. At designated times, Civil War re-enactors, dressed as soldiers in either blue or gray, march towards each other, waving their Union and Confederate flags. Then—in an eyeball-to-eyeball and musket-to-musket encounter—they recreate a Civil War battle. While spectators watch on the sidelines, canyons are fired, shots go off and soldiers drop to the ground. The action is loud and startlingly immediate. When there is a lull in the fighting, musicians, also in period costume, play songs once favored by each side.
There are dozens of environmental exhibits, some with hands-on activities and programs for children. Food vendors offer refreshments. The program changes slightly from year to year.
Admission to Dead Horse Ranch State Park is free on Saturday; usual entrance fees apply for Sunday. There is a $6 charge per vehicle with up to 4 adults; the fee is $2 for bicyclists and walk ins. For those who choose to camp at the park, the fee is $12 or $19 with hookups. For more information and specific times, call Dead Horse Ranch State Park at (928) 634-5283.
First celebrated 25 years ago, Cornfest pays homage to the Verde Valley’s famous sweet corn, grown at Hauser and Hauser Farms in Camp Verde. This is a “corny” old-fashioned family event with plenty of food, fun, games, music, vendors and, of course, sweet corn. Visitors can enjoy a Vintage baseball game at Fort Verde State Historic Park. The Fort also hosts a Victorian Christmas ornament-making event for kids as part of the Christmas in July celebration.
For more than 20 years the Blazin’ M Ranch has provided visitors to Arizona an Old West experience to remember. Featuring a mouth-waterin’ BBQ chicken and ribs chuckwagon supper followed by a toe-tappin, knee-slappin’ hour-long Western stage production by award-winning musicians, it is a must-do attraction during your visit to the Sedona/Verde Valley region.Arrive in plenty of time before dinner to enjoy the Western town featuring a museum, Old-Tyme photo studio, shooting gallery, ropin’ lessons, tractor pull, saloon and Western shops that line the boardwalk. Located 90 minutes from Phoenix and 20 minutes from Sedona.
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.
This four-hour rail trip takes passengers on a 20-mile journey through exciting geology swathed in railroad history. The train’s handsome FP7 locomotives, built by General Motors Electromotive Division in 1953, are two of only 10 remaining in North America. These iron horses provide the muscle that powers the consist of restored vintage passenger cars through the picturesque Verde Canyon … only accessible by rail.
Passengers will enjoy the progress of daylight as it dances over the rippling green waters of the Verde River, across the canyon floor through canopies of foliage, and over the towering crimson cliffs under brilliant azure skies. History comes alive above, below and around every bend. Ancient Sinagua ruins cling to the canyon walls above the tracks. Sturdy trestles and sound bridges span deep gorges, a testament to the hard work and ingenuity of the men who built them over 100 years ago. A 680-foot manmade tunnel, blasted through solid rock, envelopes passengers in total darkness before delivering the train back into glorious Arizona sunshine. This bewitching scenery forms an unforgettable backdrop for the slow rolling journey of Verde Canyon Railroad.
Four types of accommodations make up the Verde Canyon Railroad – caboose, locomotive ride-along, first-class and coach-class. The exclusive caboose is designed for one party of six or fewer adults. Its luxurious appointments include oversized chairs, large picture windows, cupola seating for bird’s-eye views and private outdoor platforms. A personal valet pours complimentary Champagne upon boarding and serves sumptuous, freshly-prepared appetizers. A selection of premium alcoholic beverages is available for purchase.
Each day, one adventurous passenger can savor their train ride from inside the cab of a rare and powerful American-built locomotive. During the ride-along, you’ll be seated between the engineer and conductor inside the cab of the Railroad’s classic 1953 General Motors EMD FP7. First-class passage, boasting fewer passengers than coach, includes spacious living room-style seating near panoramic windows. Other amenities include a Champagne toast upon boarding and a buffet of appetizers. Full-service bars feature premium beverages for purchase and service at one’s seat.
Coach features traditional Pullman-style seating, the classic style that has characterized train travel from its inception. All seats are near wide windows with unobstructed views. Convenient snack bars offer an assortment of refreshments. Despite the chosen class of service, for the price of one ticket, every passenger has two seats to enjoy – one inside with easy access to another on an open-air viewing car. All attendants, well-versed in the canyon’s history, geology and wildlife, share highlights and answer questions. Indoor cars are climate-controlled and each has a restroom. The train meets ADA requirements.
One of the highlights of the Verde Canyon Railroad journey is seeing bald eagles. Through the years, eagles have nested in the canyon and cohabited with the daily passing of the train, much to the delight of passengers and crews. The population of eagles swells in the Verde Canyon during nesting season between December and March when resident birds are joined by migrating winter visitors. Many seasonal highlights and special events take place throughout the year.
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. And you can encounter this wild kingdom right in the heart of Arizona.
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.
The world-renowned Tiger Splash show offers you a chance to see majestic tigers romping, jumping, and splashing in water and on land with staff and colorful toys. The program demonstrates how instincts, intellect, and feelings combine to form spontaneous, natural behavior. Here, tigers play and spirits soar!
Hitch a ride on the African Safari Tour as park guides narrate your experience through the spacious Serengeti preserve brimming with giraffe, zebra, ante- lope, and many more species indigenous to the African continent. Get your cameras ready, because this is as close and personal as it gets. Giraffe are always eager to grab a treat from your hand or even your mouth if you fancy a giraffe kiss.
You can take the courtesy tram around the park or stroll on foot. The park’s photo platforms allow you to take unobstructed pictures of lions, tigers, wolves, leopards, and hyena as they stroll about their spacious habitats. Thrill to the antics of grizzly bears or laughing hyenas in the Wonders of Wildlife Show, or watch predators devour 800 pounds of prepared meat during the Predator Feed. All covered with general admission!
Other available options include the VIP Behind-the-Scenes tour, the Unimog Adventure Tour, the Racing Raptor zip-line that will have you soaring over animals, Feed-a-Tiger, and more. Located 45 minutes from Northern Phoenix and only 30 minutes south of Sedona, Out of Africa is an authentic wildlife experience that will make your heart soar long after your visit!