Be sure to visit Fort Verde State Historic Park in Camp Verde. This park preserves the Apache War era fort as it appeared in the 1880s. This park was established in 1970 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.
Also in Camp Verde is Montezuma Castle National Monument. The cliff dwelling ruins take you back to the 12th century when the Sinagua Indians settled in the area.
Old Town Cottonwood is a can’t miss! Known for its unique shopping and extraordinary dining, Main Street is also lined with wine and spirit tasing rooms.
Verde Canyon Railroad will take you on a ride through beautiful canyons from Clarkdale to Perkinsville and back. You will see Indian ruins, towering red rock buttes and magnificent wildlife. The 20 mile journey takes 3½ hours and is worth every breath-taking moment!
On the outskirts of Clarkdale is Tuzigoot National Monument which preserves pueblo ruins of the Sinagua Indians dating back to the 12th century.
Founded in 1876, Jerome started as a copper mining camp and grew to be the 4th largest city in Arizona in the 1920s. After the mine was shut down, the population dropped and Jerome became known as a ghost town. Currently, Jerome has about 450 residents that have turned into a thriving mecca for art, shopping and dining.