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Women Hiking in Verde - Gary Beverly Kayaking the Verde R Lynch Sedona Mountain Biking from Over The Edge Bikes Sedona Kayaking the Verde Tony Gioia Aerial - VC Railroad in canyon - by Verde Canyon Railroad Tourists at Jerome SHP - AZ Heritage Alliance
Hiking the Verde River - Photo by Gary Beverly
Verde River Kayaking- Photo by R Lynch
Mountain Biking in Sedona - Photo by Colin Meagher, Courtesy of Over the Edge Sports
Verde River Kayaking Trip - Photo by Tony Gioia
Photo Courtesy of the Verde Canyon Railroad
Jerome State Historic Park - Photo Courtesy of AZ Heritage Alliance

Almost anything you’d want to do, you can find it in the Verde River Watershed!

Consisting of a vast area in the heart of Arizona, the Verde River Watershed extends from the Prescott area communities in the western Central Highlands through Red Rock Country across to Payson and Rim Country. Touching Flagstaff and Williams in the Northern Arizona High Country, it also reaches all the way south to Fountain Hills and Scottsdale in the Phoenix Metro area.

The Verde River Basin provides visitors with some of Arizona’s most diverse and exciting outdoor recreational opportunities. It is also full of interesting communities and cultural wonders. You can sample historic mining towns, world-renown hiking trails, national monuments, spas, kayaking, wine-tasting and much more all in one trip. Come experience why we support the long-term health of the Verde River Watershed: it truly is a unique treasure. 

The High Country of Northern Arizona

White Horse Lake Campground near Williams, photo by the
US Forest Service

 

Williams

Williams, Arizona is known for being “an extraordinary way to enjoy the Grand Canyon,” and a quick 30 minute drive west of Flagstaff, has an abundance of activities to enjoy.

Enjoy the most preserved historic piece of Route 66, shop, stay, dine, and play on the strip. With classic neon signs, a choice of dining establishments, variety of lodging options, and the home of the Grand Canyon Railroad, Williams is a charming town with many options.

If you are planning a trip to the Grand Canyon, start in Williams and begin your visit on Route 66. Visit www.experiencewilliams.com for a complete list of things to do in Williams, where to stay, dine, and play.


Flagstaff

Flagstaff, Arizona has become famous for being the first “Dark Sky Community” in the United States as well as a four seasons playground.

Flagstaff is found in the midst of the world’s largest Ponderosa pine forest and known as a destination for hiking, mountain biking, disc golf, camping, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, and so much more. We highly recommend visiting www.flagstaffarizona.org for more information, trip planning ideas, and helpful hints on activities in the area.

The Central Highlands

Prescott

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Willow Lake, photo by City of Prescott

Prescott is one of Arizona’s most beautiful and historic destinations found in the state. In 2014, Prescott celebrated their sesquicentennial or 150th birthday!

Prescott boasts of more than 450 miles of groomed trails and is known as a hot spot for outdoor recreationists. With mild temperatures year round, Prescott is a perfect place to enjoy hiking, camping, golfing, horseback riding, kayaking, shopping, year round events, and a downtown square with a welcoming environment.

We invite you to visit www.visit-prescott.com and find a complete calendar of events, lodging specials, trip planning suggestions and so much more.

Chino Valley

Chino Valley, located just 15 miles north of Prescott and Prescott Valley, is a unique destination in Arizona with a varied landscape and bustling community.

Chino Valley is home to state of the art healthcare, wildlife, mountain terrain, grasslands, rivers, lakes, and nearby forests. Plan a visit to Chino Valley and enjoy dining, outdoor recreation, wine tasting, community events and so much more. We invite you to visit www.chinovalley.org for more information and to start planning your Chino Valley excursion.

The Verde Valley and Sedona

Sedona Mountain Biking from Over The Edge Bikes Sedona

Photo by Colin Meagher, courtesy of Over the Edge Sports Sedona

 

Sedona

Sedona, Arizona is known as red rock country by many, and labeled the “most beautiful place in the world” by USA Today. Sedona is home to world-class resorts, spas, restaurants, shopping, fine art galleries, jeep tour companies, and hiking for days.

If Sedona is your destination you will not be disappointed with the views, terrain, sunsets, sunrises, dining, activities and so much more. We invite you to explore the many options Sedona has in store at www.visitsedona.com.

Jerome

The old mining town of Jerome, located between Prescott and Cottonwood atop Cleopatra Hill is a charming, historic location in the heart of Arizona.

Known as the “largest ghost town in America” and famous for streets you’d rather walk on than drive, it’s a quaint location full of history, shopping, local art, dining, and views. For more information about this location please visit www.azjerome.com.

Cottonwood

Cottonwood, Arizona has recently been designated the “heart of Arizona wine country” and for good reason. With the Verde Valley Wine Trail running through it, a new type of visitor has arrived and they love wine.

Aerial - VC Railroad in canyon - by Verde Canyon Railroad

Photo courtesy of Verde Canyon Railroad

If wine isn’t the only thing on your mind, plan a stay in Cottonwood and enjoy dining, outdoor recreation, wildlife attractions, year round community events, mild temperatures and the chance to escape it all in Cottonwood. Visit www.cottonwoodchamberaz.org for more information, a Verde Valley Wine Trail map and trip planning ideas.

Clarkdale

The Town of Clarkdale is conveniently located between Jerome and Cottonwood, along the banks of the Verde River in the heart of Arizona. Founded in 1912, it’s known for charming community events, master planned community, and it’s location to water.

With the Verde Canyon Railroad calling it home, visitors from near and far travel to ride this scenic train and wonder at the views of the high desert terrain.

With it’s convenient location to the Verde River, outdoor adventure and water fun, Clarkdale is a location on the rise for visitors exploring Northern Arizona. For more information please visit www.clarkdale.az.gov.

Camp Verde

Camp Verde, Arizona is a quiet community with a small town feel and charm. Stop in for the historic aspects of the community with their very own Archaeological Center, convenient location to monuments in the area, Casino, access to the Verde River and fun community events.

Camp Verde is a small town with big appeal. Visit www.cvaz.org and explore the options in Camp Verde.

Payson and Rim Country

Payson is Arizona’s cool mountain town. With a relaxed environment and slower pace, a visitor can truly escape to Payson and enjoy outdoor recreation, touring a local museum, fossil hunting, searching for an antique, golfing, strolling down historic streets, stargazing in the evening, attending a rodeo and so much more.

Payson and the Rim Country have many options and we invite you to explore their list of the top 35 things they recommend by visiting www.paysonrimcountry.com.

The Lower Verde

Aerial - VC Railroad in canyon - by Verde Canyon Railroad

Fountain Hills, courtesy of the Town of Fountain Hills

Fountain Hills

Fountain Hills, Arizona is surrounded by the Sonoran Desert, and known as a vibrant resort community with a relaxed atmosphere.

Visitors to Fountain Hills have the opportunity to enjoy golfing year round, luxury spa experiences, dining, shopping, art shows, events, and outdoor recreation. Fountain Hills is also home to The Fountain! At 560 feet tall, the fountain is a celebration of life and water where it is most appreciated, in the middle of the desert.

To begin your visit to Fountain Hills, start here www.experiencefountainhills.org.

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation is located in Maricopa County, 23 miles northeast of Phoenix with the Verde River flowing through it. Known for casino operations, farming, rich history and culture, Fort McDowell is a unique destination for any visitor.

With a strong focus on the health and well-being of the Yavapai Nation, a visit to Fort McDowell is one that will be focused on preserving area and the ancestral territory. Visit for the unique tribal events, a chance to experience the rich history and native culture. For more information please visit www.fmyn.org.

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Horseback Riding, Lower Verde River, Photo Courtesy of Fort McDowell Adventures

Scottsdale

Scottsdale is a vibrant, trendy, art filled, activity driven destination attracts millions of visitors every year from around the world. Known for luxurious resorts, relaxing spas, fine dining, and even an historic destination- you can find everything you need at the beginning or end of your Arizona vacation in Scottsdale.

Visit year round and enjoy mild temperatures in the winter, and dry heat in the summer with plenty of indoor or outdoor attractions. We invite you to begin your trip planning process in Scottsdale at www.experiencescottsdale.com.

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