Along with Camp Verde, Jerome, Clarkdale and Sedona Cottonwood is part of the Verde Valley network of communities and they share many of the same attractions that bring thousands of visitors to the area. Cottonwood is a charming small town along the Verde River that is quickly becoming a boom getaway and retirement area. This scenic community enjoys mild four-season climate with a rich historic past where ancient Indian ruins, historic parks, landmarks and even a ghost town are nearby attractions.
Cottonwood Area Attractions
Verde Canyon Railway
Take the vintage railroad through the spectacular Verde River Canyon, acclaimed as the longest-running nature show. Board the train at Clarkdale, Arizona west of Camp Verde and Cottonwood and just north of Jerome Az. Take the four-hour comfortable ride through towering red rock mountains, Indian ruins, tunnels and alongside the Verde River. Experience the natural beauty, native flora, wildlife, migrating birds and the rare bald eagle. Visit the Verde Canyon Railroad website for more information on this popular attractions.
A national monument just outside Camp Verde in the Verde Valley. This five-story, twenty-room prehistoric Sanaqua Indian dwelling is preserved into the limestone cliffs high above Beaver Creek. This historic attraction was constructed over 600 years ago by daring builders that scaled the dangerous cliffs to erect these secure dwellings that required ladders to scale which were progressively moved to the next level to prevent enemy invasion. About one million people visit the visit the ancient ruins annually where it is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Montezuma Castle is a great cultural experience. For more info visit www.nps.gov/moca.