Great Verde Valley Day Trips

Places to visit in the Verde Valley

Jerome (Old mining town & ghost town experience, art galleries, etc.)

Jerome is open year round and offers visitors a wide variety of activities in which to indulge.
Whether it is a long weekend get-away at a local bed and breakfast or hotel, or just a day trip to check out the shops and galleries and get a bite to eat at one of the many fine restaurants, Jerome offers it all!
Set dramatically on the side of Mingus Mountain, the town of Jerome is propped on a thirty-degree mountainside two thousand feet above the Verde Valley. At night the lights of Jerome twinkle enticingly above the valley after sunsets. Find Jerome homes for sale

Cottonwood (Historic Old Town)

Shops, galleries and restaurants line Main Street and provide the backdrop for this quaint and colorful historic district. The unique Cottonwood Jail stands guard at the top of Main Street.

Cottonwood is surrounded by jagged mountains on the south and west, and to the north and east by mesas and buttes. Named for the beautiful Cottonwood trees that grow along the Verde River, the town grew from a small farming community to the Verde Valley’s population center, called “the biggest little town in Arizona” by the late 1920s. At that time Old Town businesses supported residents and workers of the many mines that operated in nearby communities. Find Cottonwood homes for Sale

Clarkdale (Verde Canyon Railroad)

A ride on Verde Canyon Railroad‘s historic and scenic route from Clarkdale to the ghost ranch of Perkinsville deep within Arizona’s other Grand Canyon is an unforgettable experience. Home to America’s national symbol, the majestic bald eagle, Verde Canyon is accessible only by rail.The route is nestled between two national forests and adjacent to a designated wilderness area. This unique geological wonderland features rugged, crimson high desert rock faces and spectacular panoramic views. Find Clarkdale Homes for Sale

Tuzigoot National Monument

Tuzigoot is a small national monument, one of several sites south of Flagstaff where the remains of dwellings of the 12th century Sinagua Indians are preserved. Unlike the single cliff house of Montezuma Castle 20 miles southeast, Tuzigoot comprises a cluster of buildings, on top of a small sandstone ridge close to the Verde River valley near the towns of Clarkdale and Cottonwood

Montezuma Castle National Monument & Montezuma Well

This five-level, 20 room cliff dwelling Montezuma Castle nestled into a limestone recess high above Beaver Creek served as a “high-rise apartment building” for prehistoric Sinagua Indians over 600 years ago. It is one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. Erroneously (?) named for the 16th century Aztec ruler, the site is a classic example of the last phase of southern Sinagua occupation of the Verde Valley.

Montezuma Well is located 11 miles from Montezuma Castle north on I-17 exit 293 and follow the signs. The water of Montezuma Well enters from two underground springs. Over one and a half million gallons of water a day flow into the well. It’s a real Oasis! When visiting Arizona you must see this secret place. It is not a well, but a sink hole. The pond is fed by a underground water cavern, then the water exits through another cavern, then to an existing Sinagua Indian irrigation canal. Montezuma Well is part of the Montezuma Castle National Monument.

We hope that you enjoy your visit to Sedona and the Verde Valley. If you are looking for a home in the red rock area we would to assist you. Ralph Bredahl, Associate Broker and Tricia Bredahl, Realtor are Sedona Realtors with Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert and have been serving Arizona home buyers and home sellers since 1997. The Sedona and the Verde Valley include the cities and towns of Sedona, Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Jerome, Camp Verde, Montezuma Lakes and Rimrock

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