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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.

Cottonwood, Arizona at-a-Glance

Founded: 1879
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

The Verde River Valley

Cottonwood curves along the river

View of Cottonwood and surrounding mountains

The Mogollon Rim towers over Cottonwood

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

Ride the Verde Canyon Railroad, just outside Cottonwood

Photo source: Verde Canyon Railroad

Cottonwood Lodging & Attractions

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.

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The Gateway to Northern Arizona

Northern Arizona - Red rocks of Sedona, the Grand Canyon, Jerome, the Verde Valley and morePrescott 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

Jerome, Arizona - view of the ghost town on the hillJerome, 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.

Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona activitiesJust 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

Sedona, Arizona activitiesThe 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!

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