The following organizations have partnered with National Geographic to support the Sedona Verde Valley Geotourism Program and promote authentic and sustainable tourism across the region.
Arizona State Parks protects and preserves 30 State Parks and Natural Areas. The agency also includes the State Trails Program, outdoor-related Grants Program, the State Historic Preservation Office, as well as the Off-Highway Vehicle Program, and more. Arizona State Parks provides over 1,400 camping and RV sites throughout the parks and manages 8 of the top 25 most visited natural attractions in Arizona. Campsites feature online reservations!
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.
Cottonwood, located in the heart of the Verde Valley in north-central Arizona, is quickly becoming Arizona’s new destination to relax and get away from it all. Stepback in time as you stroll down the sidewalks of Historic 89A in Old Town Cottonwood where “mom and pop“ businesses are housed in buildings built in the early 1900s. Enjoy four wine tasting rooms and gourmet shops offering the finest in craft beers, spirits, olive oils, gelato and desserts in a few short blocks. Experience antiques, art, books, specialty stores, fabulous restaurants, inns and even take a historic tour to learn about the bootlegging past of this small community. Enjoy floating the Verde River, a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad, dinner and a show at the Blazin‘ M Ranch or take a walk on the wild side at Out of Africa. Spend a day exploring the beautiful vineyards and wineries of the Verde Valley, hiking in our beautiful scenery, then test your luck at Cliff Castle Casino. History, birding, hiking, state parks and national monuments are all within a few mintues drive. Located between the beautiful red rocks of Sedona and historic Jerome, there is so much to see and do in Cottonwood.
Sedona, incorporated as a City in 1988, is under the Council-Manager form of government. The Council consists of six councilors and a mayor. The City encompasses 18.5 square miles, about half of which is under jurisdiction of the U.S. Forest Service. The population is 10,031 as of the 2010 Census.
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. 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 City of Cottonwood is the “Heart of Arizona Wine Country” nestled in a green valley between nearby Mingus Mountain and the beautiful Verde River. With natural destinations such as the Verde River, state parks, national monuments and wilderness areas, plus the added attraction of Historic Old Town Cottonwood with wine tasting rooms, this community of just over 12,000 attracts thousands of visitors each year. Its Wine tasting, craft beer making, Cottonwood Recreation Center, Verde River Days, Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival and annual Christmas Parade are only some of the attractions to this high valley community.
Friends of Verde River Greenway restores, preserves and promotes the natural, cultural, scenic and recreational resources of the Verde River and its tributaries. Our collaborative, partner-driven programs are accomplished through “boots on the ground” projects that support rural economies and inspire local community participation.
The mile high, hand-made town of Jerome was built on Cleopatra Hill in the Black Hills on the south side of the Verde Valley of Central Arizona on top of what became the wealthiest mine in the world owned by one man. Jerome grew rapidly from a tent city to a prosperous boomtown known as the "Billion Dollar Copper Camp." It was called the wickedest town in the west by the New York Sun in 1905. After “King Copper” left town, the population fell to less than 50 persons in the late 50’s. Within five years of the mine’s closing, Jerome became the largest ghost town in America and began to be known as "Ghost City." Today, Jerome is a colorful oasis, and a photographer’s paradise. Looking like an Italian mountain village with an assemblage of Victorian properties, many of the buildings that are home to present-day businesses were built after the fires of the 1890s. The once thriving mining camp is now a bustling tourist magnet and artistic community with a population of about 480. It includes artists, crafts people, musicians, writers, hermits, business owners, and historians among its families. Together, they form a peaceful, colorful, thriving community built on a rich foundation of real historic lore and the arts.
Start with scenery that makes your heart leap. Sedona nestles among a geological wonderland. Multi-hued stone formations jut upwards from the high desert floor creating a vivid, mesmerizing setting that changes hourly with the light. When USA Weekend compiled their Most Beautiful Places in America list, Sedona claimed the top spot. Surrounded by 1.8 million acres of national forest land, visitors have instant access to recreational activities. Trails for hiking and biking, along with bouncy jeep tracks, weave among the bristling forest of pinnacles, spires, buttes and domes. Yet, you’re never far from the indulgences of town. Sedona is equal parts rugged, equal parts resort. Regarded by Native Americans as sacred, Sedona continues to be recognized as a place of healing and spiritual renewal. Many come to experience the vortex energy centers of Sedona. Others want to prowl the 40-plus art galleries lining the streets, or to receive soothing treatments from the dozens of spa facilities. Most recently, with its nearby vineyards and tasting rooms, Sedona has emerged as a destination for wine enthusiasts. The perfect destination should seem exotic yet feel like coming home. That is the very definition of Sedona, a small town blessed with an abundance of scenic beauty. Come experience it for yourself.
The Sedona Verde Valley region is located in north-central Arizona, USA, celebrates "small town USA", is the most beautiful place in America (according to USA Weekend) and is home to the communities of Camp Verde, Clarkdale, Cornville, Cottonwood, Jerome, Page Springs, Sedona and the Yavapai-Apache Nation.
Welcome to Camp Verde—The Center Of It All! Camp Verde’s central location, along with its mild 4-season climate and panoramic views from the vistas above our valley, has abundant outdoor recreational opportunities, and bucolic setting on the banks of the Verde River, make it one of Arizona’s premier tourist destinations. Less than an hour from Phoenix, Flagstaff, Prescott and Payson, Camp Verde and the surrounding Verde Valley offer numerous venues for visitors interested in history and cultural heritage, boating, hiking, biking, wine tasting or just taking in the landscape. Add to that mix the Out Of Africa Wild Animal Park and Cliff Castle Casino and you will begin to see why Camp Verde caters to all ages and every taste.
The 1,821,495 acre Coconino National Forest is one of the most diverse National Forests in the country with landscapes ranging from the famous Red Rocks of Sedona to Ponderosa Pine Forests, to alpine tundra. Explore mountains and canyons, fish in small lakes and wade in lazy creeks and streams.
Founded in 1912 and incorporated in 1957, Clarkdale is one of the first master-planned communities in Arizona, built to provide housing and amenities for employees of the copper mines in Jerome. The original town site is on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, Clarkdale is a vibrant home town with friendly people, beautiful vistas, thriving small businesses and global industries. The Town offers two river access points along the Verde River as well as a variety of annual events including the Clarkdale-Jerome Lion’s Club Car Show in March, a Free Summer Concerts in the Park series, an old fashioned 4th of July Parade, Clarktoberfest celebration in October, a Halloween Costume Contest and a Historic home tour and Bank Robbery Re-enactment in December.
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.
VRVNO is a 501(c)3 not for profit, community service organization that strives to provide quality, authentic events, activities that support our Vision and Mission. At VRVNO we have a VISION:"The Verde River Valley has a healthy, sustainable ecosystem that provides nature-based recreational opportunities to, and supported by, an engaged community." And a promise to our neighbors and local communities to: “Provide recreation, education, and nature tourism opportunities supporting stewardship of the Verde River Valley”
The Verde Valley Regional Economic Organization (VVREO) is an integrated, regional approach to economic development. We have a board of 15 members and 15 board associates that represent a well-rounded private-public partnership for economic development. Our vision is of a regional collaborative building sustainable economic prosperity. Our mission is to provide comprehensive economic development expertise, tools, marketing and outreach. But we are more than just our mission, vision, values and standards — we are individuals who represent different aspects of our communities—small and large businesses, government entities, and education. We are individuals who recognize that when we work together we can make real positive economic impact in our community.
The Yavapai-Apache Nation is located in the Verde Valley, Arizona and is comprised of five (5) tribal communities: Tunlii, Middle Verde, Rimrock, Camp Verde and Clarkdale. With 2,440 total enrolled tribal members (December 2014 numbers) with over 750 residents living in the five (5) tribal communities. The Yavapai-Apache Nation consists of two distinct people, the Yavapai and Apache. The Yavapai refers to themselves as Wipuhk’a’bah and speak the Yuman language, while the Apache refer to themselves as Dil’zhe’e and speak the Athabaskan language.
Yavapai County’s mission statement is, “To provide for the welfare and security of the citizens of Yavapai County with effective and fiscally responsible leadership while advancing mutual cooperation between other governmental agencies.” Yavapai County will serve and protect its citizens through efficient management of all its resources to enhance the lives of those we serve.
The Walton Family Foundation promotes environmental solutions that simultaneously strengthen local economies and restore the environment. The foundation works to achieve change that lasts by creating new and unexpected partnerships and bringing conservation, business and community interests to the same table to build long-term solutions to big problems. The foundation divides its environmental giving into two initiatives: Freshwater Conservation, which works to sustain healthy and resilient communities of both people and wildlife in the Colorado River basin and along the Mississippi River from its headwaters to the delta; and Marine Conservation, which supports initiatives that create economic incentives for sustainable resource management in some of the world’s most ecologically rich ocean areas, from Indonesia to Ecuador to the Gulf of Mexico.