Nestled between Prescott and Sedona in the heart of the Verde Valley lies Cottonwood, Arizona, a former mining town and jewel of the riparian river valley that offers today's visitors and residents panoramic views of rolling green foothills punctuated by red rock formations. Cottonwood is a funky combination of a medium-sized urban community and a charming, shady and gentrified historic Main Street district. Explore Cottonwood itself, strolling through Old Town galleries, thrift shops, and kitschy boutiques. Dine at one-of-a-kind restaurants and diners, and be sure to stop at the tasting room for Arizona Stronghold, one of Arizona's finest wineries. If you wish to venture out into the Verde Valley, with Cottonwood at the hub, visitors can follow short spokes outward to experience the Verde Canyon Railroad in Clarkdale, Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde, the former ghost town of Jerome, red rock sightseeing in Sedona, and, of course, all the attractions in Prescott.
Cottonwood Lodging and Attractions - Bed & Breakfasts in Cottonwood, AZ - Attractions Near Cottonwood Around the Verde Valley
When you're in Cottonwood, you're never far from breathtaking sights, family-friendly attractions, historical landmarks, natural beauty and quality lodging. Within minutes, visitors can go from exploring the Historic Old Town Cottonwood area on foot, to softly rumbling through a serene riparian canyon by train, to winding along red rock highways and steep cliff-side mining town roads by car. And just as easily, it seems you can weave back and forth between Cottonwood's ancient Sinanguan and 19th century past and a peaceful present, with Cottonwood's rich mining history and today's small-town charm ever-apparent as you explore the Verde Valley. Check out Cottonwood hotels and motels, shops, galleries, restaurants, and attractions for kids and adults alike.
Be sure to make time to walk the "Jail Trail," Cottonwood's river walk that begins behind Historic Old Town's unique Cottonwood Jail, or explore the Verde Valley's handful of wineries just 20 minutes from Cottonwood. If you love hiking, fishing, canoeing and exploring state parks and landmarks, check out Tuzigoot National Monument and Dead Horse Ranch State Park, both just minutes from the center of Cottonwood.
Hot air balloon flights are meant to take in panoramic views and vistas of the surrounding natural b...eauty. That is why Verde Valley Balloons flies in the Cottonwood area, 20 miles south of Sedona, not in the Red Rocks area. To see the Red Rocks, we suggest taking a jeep tour. There's no better way to get up close and personal with the rock formations. But if you'd like to experience extraordinary views (depending upon the weather and wind direction) of Mingus mountain, the Verde River, the Prescott National Forest, Tuzigoot National Monument, Jerome, Cottonwood, or sites as far away as Sedona and even the San Francisco peaks at the base of the Colorado Plateau near Flagstaff, you will want to fly with Verde Valley Balloons in Cottonwood because you simply can't see those vistas anywhere else.
Self Propelled Tours is the only guided road bike tour company in the Verde Valley. We encourage peo...ple of any age to tour Sedona with us. It’s invigorating to feel the breeze blow past as you pedal along the scenic roads and beautiful vistas. Our tours avoid high traffic areas whenever possible and we can recommend tours perfectly suited for the whole family.
For those who love the great outdoors, Prescott has so much to offer. Camping is just the start of a wonderland of adventure waiting for you.
Historic Downtown Prescott is always bustling art, entertainment and things to do. From picnics to art classes, there's something for everyone.
Our Prescott Event Calendar is full of festivals, workshops, art fairs, concerts and classes. Browse or add your event.
Camp Verde, Page Springs, and Cornville are the beating heart of Arizona's wine country. Come taste the emerging hotspot for wineries.
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