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

“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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10 Ideas for Family Trips in Sedona Verde Valley

Sedona Verde Valley Arizona is the perfect place to have a family adventure and to reconnect with nature. Surrounded by nearly 2 million acres of pristine national forest, the region is an oasis with big vistas and colorful red rock formations. Add to this a mild, four-season climate; a small-towns, village atmosphere; numerous outdoor recreational […]

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104 Fun and Fascinating Facts About Arizona

This list was compiled and researched by the Arizona Office of Tourism and the Arizona Centennial Commission staff with the assistance of Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s Official State Historian. The article was originally published on the website of the Arizona Office of Tourism. Arizona has 3,928 mountain peaks and summits—more mountains than any one of the […]

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18th Annual Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival

Camp Verde Promotions hosts the 18th Annual Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival on March 17 – 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The festival is comprised of four partnering organizations that celebrate Camp Verde’s spring harvest and heritage with the following signature events: […]

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2018 New Years Events in Sedona Verde Valley

Ring in the New Year in Sedona Verde Valley. Here are some of our favorite things to do in and around Sedona for this New Years.   Blazin’ M Ranch: New Year Magic with Eric Gilliam! Make the fall and winter seasons truly magical as illusionist Eric Gilliam debuts on stage at the Blazin’ M […]

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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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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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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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Apache Wars

Before the arrival of European diseases, the Apache were an extremely healthy people, traveling great distances regardless of weather conditions. The could literally “live off the land,” hunting game, harvesting berries and cacti as they went, moving through summer heat or freezing cold with little, or no discomfort. Descending on the Southwest from the north, [...]

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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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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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British Soccer Camp in Camp Verde

There is still time to register for Camp Verde Parks & Recreation annual British Soccer Camp – June 4 – 8, 2018. This co-ed camp is available in either full or half day sessions and for ages 3-16. This opportunity is in partnership with Challenger Sports, the #1 soccer camp provider in the country. This […]

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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 Community Library Kicks Off Summer Reading Program with a Performance by The Jerome Ukulele Orchestra

Join us at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, June 6 in the Camp Verde Community Library Fireside Room for a special musical performance by The Jerome Ukulele Orchestra. Founded by Tommy “Rocks” Anderson, a multi-instrumentalist and owner of the music shop Tommy Rocks in Jerome, AZ, in January 2015 with the simple concept of bringing people […]

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Camp Verde Community Library presents Al Raitano & Bob Grogan

Entertainers Al Raitano and Bob Grogan return to Camp Verde Community Library’s Fireside Room for a special free interactive performance on Thursday, September 6th at 5:30 pm. They will be performing some great tunes as always, but in this concert they are doing something a little different, they will encourage the audience to ask questions […]

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Camp Verde Community Library Presents Al Raitano and Bob Grogan

Join us at 5:30 pm on Thursday, May 17th  in the Camp Verde Community Library Fireside Room for a special musical performance by entertainer Al Raitano and keyboardist Bob Grogan.     Al Raitano is a singer, comedian and consummate entertainer. His repertoire includes a wide range of music from the stylings of the great male […]

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Camp Verde expands yoga with new relaxation class

Camp Verde Parks & Recreation announces a new addition to our yoga classes starting August 7. This Yoga Nidra class will be all about deep relaxation techniques held at 11:30 on Tuesdays in Room 204 of the Town Center complex at 435 S. Main Street. Scheduled right after of our Tuesday morning Kripalu Yoga, this […]

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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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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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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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Camp Verde offers bus trips to DBacks starting March 31 vs Colorado Rockies

Camp Verde Parks & Recreation announces another season of trips to see our Arizona Diamondbacks play the world. The Diamondbacks had a great season last year so don’t miss their champion run this year. Let us drive you to the game at air-conditioned Chase Field and drop you only minutes from your seats. Our field […]

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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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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 Earth Day in Sedona Verde Valley

The Yavapai-Apache Nation and the Town of Camp Verde present the FIRST EVER co-hosted Earth Day event. On Saturday, April 21 join us at Veterans Memorial Park below Cliff Castle Casino for a full day of fun events.

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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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Celebrate Wintertime in Sedona Verde Valley

Wintertime is a great time to visit Sedona Verde Valley! While we may get the occasional snow in the mountains, temperatures here hover around a balmy 60 degrees through the winter, so you can spend the coldest months outside with us! Looking for a reason to visit Sedona Verde Valley in the wintertime?  Here’s some […]

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Celebrating Our Veterans in Sedona Verde Valley

It’s already here…. Fort Verde State Historic Park, the Town of Camp Verde and the American Legion Riders are hosting the 7th annual Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day event this Saturday at Fort Verde. The American Legion Riders Honor Ride begins in Sedona with kickstands going up at 11:10 am and ends up in Camp […]

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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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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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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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Ultimate Margaritas crafted by bartenders at Grapes

Cool Off with These Great Summer Cocktails in Sedona Verde Valley

Beat the heat one sip at a time with these refreshing drinks crafted just for you by local bartenders. At Grapes, be sure to grab a glass of Sparkling Sangria. One of their most popular summer drinks, this refreshing beverage is made with Italian sparkling wine—prosecco—giving it a unique flavor to the traditional Spanish Sangria. […]

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Creek & Countryside Vacation Homes

By Jessica MacLean   Are you craving a quiet countryside or a pool by the creek? These Camp Verde vacation homes are gorgeous retreats that won’t break the bank. Either way you’ll have boutique wineries and flowing water right in the neighborhood. Surprise yourself by discovering a side of Arizona that most people never see. […]

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Diamondbacks vs Braves & Friday Day Trips

Camp Verde Parks & Recreation has our final D-Backs game of the season September 9 against the Atlanta Braves. Join us for this Sunday trip as the leaders of AL West and AL East face off. Game ticket, transportation, and parking all for just $53 a person with our great seats in Section 111. Get […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Exploring the Sinagua Driving Circle

On a sweltering day in April, when the sun was burning in the sky with not a single cloud for cover, Peter Pilles, archaeologist for the Coconino National Forest, led a personalized van tour of the “Sinagua Circle.” Sinagua Circle is an informal name given to a circular area bordered by three Verde Valley waterways—Verde [...]

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February Events in Sedona Verde Valley

February 2: 1st Friday in the Galleries Sedona’s finest art galleries invite you to enjoy a lively evening of openings, special guests and artist’s receptions during 1st Friday in the Galleries on February 2 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. All guests are welcome to attend free of charge. For more information on the SGA and a […]

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Forgiveness + Aromatherapy = Enhanced Peace and Well-being

Join us in the Copper Room at Camp Verde Community Library from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Tuesday July 24th for a free 4 week workshop on forgiveness. The workshop meets the next 3 Tuesdays at the same time and location, ending on August 14th. If you are in emotional pain or face an opportunity for […]

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Four 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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Free Admission to Arizona State Parks During Martin Luther King Jr. Day Weekend

Celebrate Arizona’s Gold Medal Win for Best Managed State Park System in the Nation Governor Doug Ducey today announced that all Arizona State Parks & Trails will offer free admission during Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, in celebration of the Arizona State Parks & Trails’ recognition as the best-managed state park system in the […]

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Free Health Screenings by Northern Arizona Healthcare

Camp Verde Community Library offers FREE Health Screenings Thursday May 31st, between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. These non-fasting screenings for cholesterol, diabetes and blood pressure are sponsored by Northern Arizona Healthcare (NAH) and Verde Valley Medical Centers.  During the 20 minute non-fasting Biometric screening you will not only get your “Numbers” but a healthcare professional will go […]

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Free Music with Your Library Card

Join Gerry Laurito at Camp Verde Community Library on Wednesday, June 13th at 2:00 pm for a free class, Intro to Freegal® Music , where you can learn how to download music for free with your library card. Bring your tablet, smartphone or laptop and learn how to download music using the Library’s Freegal® Music […]

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