Cottonwood Lodging and Attractions - Bed & Breakfasts in Cottonwood, AZ - Attractions Near Cottonwood Around the Verde ValleyWhen 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.
Cottonwood, Arizona at-a-Glance
Location: Yavapai County, central Arizona, 103 miles north of Phoenix
Claim to fame: Named for the beautiful cottonwood trees that line the Verde River banks.
Known as: The "Biggest Little Town in Arizona."
Population: 12,301 as of Oct 2010
Median age: 40
Median family income: $27,444
Median 2010 home value: $135,900
Altitude: 3,314 ft
City centerpiece: Historic Old Town Cottonwood along Main Street
Signature annual events: Chocolate Lovers Walk - annually the first Saturday of December; Christmas Parade - annually the first Saturday of December; Verde Valley Gem and Mineral Show - annually in March; Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival - annually in April; Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza - annually July 4th; Verde River Days - annually in September; monthly car show events in Old Town year-round,
Weather: Average spring/summer temperature: 86 F; average fall/winter temperature: 70 F. 275 sunny days per year.
Lodging: About 15 hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, and inns
Things to Do: Outdoor recreation, museums, walking tours, hiking and walking trails, Verde Canyon Railroad, Blazin' M Ranch, nearby casino, bars and nightlife, special events, Out of Africa Wildlife park, wineries, tours, Sedona, Jerome and Grand Canyon
Written by: Christina Hecht
Montezuma's Castle lies 30 minutes east of Cottonwood
Marvel at perfectly preserved ancient Indian ruins
View from the hillside Jerome, a former ghost-town
Jerome is a beautiful 30-minute drive from Cottonwood
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.
Desert Rose Bed and Breakfast - Cottonwood
The Desert Rose offers world class luxury and amenities from only $99 per night!
Best Western Cottonwood Inn
Rest in the West with the Best at affordable rates! Centrally located to Sedona, Jerome and Prescott
Super 8 Cottonwood
Southwestern resort style inn centrally located in the Verde Valley. Walking distance to shops and restaurants
Things to Do near CottonwoodSee More »
Sedona Wine Adventures
Near Prescott; Tour Arizona wine country in Page Springs, Clarkdale, Jerome
Out of Africa Wildlife Park
Call us Wild! Call us Crazy! Just don't call us a zoo. Come see Tiger Splash show at 1:15 daily.
Granite Creek Vineyards
Open for tastings Friday-Sunday 1-5pm. Just 20 minutes from Prescott in Chino Valley. 100% Organic
Prescott is the gateway to northern Arizona. Within just a couple hours driving time, Prescott visitors can find themselves in neighboring Cottonwood, the former ghost town of Jerome, Arizona wine country, surrounding by monolithic red rocks of Sedona, or peering downward into the vast and unbelievable Grand Canyon. Prescott is the perfect central Arizona location from which to venture out, and we're sure you'll always want to return. Plan a multi-day visit, because you'll want to spend several days checking out all the best that northern Arizona has to offer. The best Prescott day-trip itineraries include Jerome, wine country, Sedona, and the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Jerome, Arizona was built on Cleopatra Hill above a vast deposit of copper. The mines, the workers and those who sought its wealth formed Jerome's history. They were a brave and raucous mix: miners, smelter workers, freighters, gamblers, bootleggers, saloon keepers, storekeepers, prostitutes and preachers, wives and children made Jerome what it was. Today, visitors walk the hillside streets visiting galleries, shops, restaurants and bars. Bikers feel quite at home at (in)famous Jerome haunts such as The Spirit Room. Wine and food lovers indulge at the Jerome Winery and local artisanal eateries. Thrill-seekers delight in Jerome’s reportedly haunted hotels and former houses of ill-repute.
Just 90 minutes north of Prescott, Arizona, Sedona has become a day trip and overnight destination for visitors to Northern Arizona who wish to explore the famous red rocks, the scenic Verde River, the 1.8 million-acre Coconino National Forest, or the winding road through Oak Creek Canyon. There are a nearly infinite number of things to do in Sedona! Relax atop shaded boulders that dot the 16-mile gorge of Oak Creek Canyon, take a rugged Jeep tour or helicopter tour deep into Sedona's authentic Indian ruins, scale a red rock monolith that penetrates the crystal blue sky or feel the earth’s energy at one of several Sedona vortexes. Whatever you do, Sedona will take your breath away.
The Grand Canyon, Arizona is a sight to behold at least once in a person’s life. A visit to Prescott is near enough that it’s a shame not to venture northward to the Grand Canyon. Prescott is an ideal launching point for a Grand Canyon adventure, as the South Rim is just a 2.5 hour scenic drive from Prescott. One might explore the grandeur of the Grand Canyon by helicopter and air tours, river rafting tours, guided jeep and van tours, or a guided hike on the South Rim or the more remote West Rim (4 hours from Prescott.) Experience Grand Canyon area camping, attractions, visitor centers, hiking, tours and more at the Grand Canyon. Whether by air, river or land, a Grand Canyon day-trip is a definite must-do!
Yes! Send me Prescott Deals
Best Places to StayA full list of Prescott economy, moderate to upscale lodging including hotels, bed & breakfasts, cabins, motels, and resorts. [more] Prescott has some of the most charming hotels in the country. Choose from historic or brand-name Prescott hotels downtown or nearby areas. [more] A visit to a charming town like Prescott begs a stay at a charming bed & breakfast. After all, Prescott is Arizona's Bed & Breakfast City. [more] Whether they're called motels, limited service hotels or economy hotels, clean and comfortable is the meaning at these Prescott motels. [more] Surrounded by the beauty of the Bradshaw Mountains, these Prescott cabins and cottages offer the best of the outdoors year-round. [more] Pack your pooch for Prescott and check out these pet-friendly and dog-friendly Prescott hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts. [more]
- 13 Spookiest Haunts in Arizona
October 01, 2013
Are you an amateur ghost hunter? Thrill seeker? Fan of the Wild Wild West and its legendary cowboys, gunfighters, miners and the "soiled angels" that entertained them? Then make your plans to visit some of Arizona's most haunted and storied spots to see if you experience similar paranormal phenomena reported by other tou...
- Dear Arizona Travel: Beating the Summer Heat?
June 04, 2013
Dear Arizona Travel: We plan on visiting Arizona this summer and want to do a lot of fun stuff, but how can we get out of the heat? We love horseback riding, hiking, wine touring and especially river rafting. We have an 11 year old and a 14 year old; we are a very active 
- Arizona Biker-Friendly Hotels and Motels
March 27, 2013
In the spirit of Arizona Bike Week 2013 and as a complement our 7 Best Arizona Scenic Drives, we thought we'd put together a list of Arizona Biker-Friendly Hotels and Motels. In truth, most hotels and motels are biker-friendly. But bikers need hotels and motels that don't just tolerate bikers, but cater to motorcycle rid...