Day Trips

The Verde Valley is surrounded by the Mingus Mountains and Woodchute Mountains and is traversed by the Verde River. Read more about the cluster of Central Arizona communities that make up the Verde Valley.

Cottonwood began as a small adobe where soldiers took refuge in 1874. Soon, settlers began moving in, and created a place whose namesake is a circle of 16 cottonwood trees near the Verde River. The community was established in 1879 and incorporated in 1960. In Yavapai County, Cottonwood is near the geographic center of Arizona at an elevation of 3,300 feet. Cottonwood is approximately 100 miles north of Phoenix. Prescott visitors can get to Cottonwood via scenic, winding Highway 89A through Jerome - about 44 miles (1 hour 10 minutes) - or via Highway 69 to Highway 169 to Interstate 17 to Highway 250 through Camp Verde - about 54 miles (1 hour 15 minutes). Click here for Cottonwood lodging and things to do nearby.

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. To get to Jerome from Prescott, take Highway 89A north about 35 miles (about 55 minutes.)

Camp Verde lies near the geographic center of Arizona. It is in the Verde River valley of central Arizona, 85 miles north of Phoenix, at an elevation of approximately 3100 feet. Camp Verde is the oldest community in the valley, and was established in 1865.

Clarkdale is at the upper end of the Verde Valley in Yavapai County and is approximately 110 miles north of Phoenix and south of the Grand Canyon at an elevation of 3,542 feet. Topography of the area is characterized by numerous mesas and buttes along the rise from the Verde River on the east, at 3,300 feet, to the Mingus Mountains on the west, at 7,000 feet. Clarkdale, incorporated in 1957, was laid out in 1914 near the site of the Clarkdale Smelter, which was financed by Senator William A. Clark of Montana. Clarkdale is approximately 107 miles north of Phoenix. Prescott visitors can get to Clarkdale via scenic, winding Highway 89A through Jerome - about 40 miles (1 hour 5 minutes) - or via Highway 69 to Highway 169 to Interstate 17 to Highway 250 through Camp Verde - about 58 miles (1 hour 25 minutes).

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. To get to Sedona from Prescott, take Highway 69 to Highway 169, then Interstate 17 to Highway 179 (about 67 miles; 1 hour 25 minutes.)


Out Of Africa Wildlife Park

Come see Tiger Splash show at 1:15 every day. Watch Bengal tigers in natural play as they "hunt" their caretakers. Open Daily 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Just 40 minutes from Sedona.

Granite Mountain Guides

Granite Mountain Guides was established on the foundations of providing exceptional instruction to climbers that are just learning the craft. From there it expanded into how we can best serve the local community even more by promoting wonderful areas for all to experience on our guided tri
Granite Mountain Guides was established on the foundations of providing exceptional instruction to climbers that are just learning the craft. From there it expanded into how we can best serve the local community even more by promoting wonderful areas for all to experience on our guided trips. All of our Instructors are well-qualified American Mountain Guides Association certified in their specific terrain. Granite Mountain Guides can fulfill your needs and help you achieve your goals.

Prescott Ebike Rentals & Tours

Lakeside Tours by Watson Lake on The Peavine and Iron King Trail! If you are looking for something fun to do in Prescott, you have come to the right place. Let our E-bikes take you on an adventure!

Some of Our Reviews:

Lakeside Tours by Watson Lake on The Peavine and Iron King Trail! If you are looking for something fun to do in Prescott, you have come to the right place. Let our E-bikes take you on an adventure!

Some of Our Reviews:
  • "The highlight of our trip"
  • "Bikes are in great condition"
  • "Great way to experience ebikes"
  • "Loved the entire experience"

Predator Zip Lines

Experience the wind ripping through your hair on a thrill ride over nature's wildest predators. Enjoy the adventure of a lifetime on a world-class zip line over Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde Arizona! We are conveniently located less than 20 miles from Sedona, in the heart of

Experience the wind ripping through your hair on a thrill ride over nature's wildest predators. Enjoy the adventure of a lifetime on a world-class zip line over Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde Arizona! We are conveniently located less than 20 miles from Sedona, in the heart of Northern Arizona's wine country, just minutes from tasting rooms and vineyards. From the top of the towers, you can see majestic red rocks, the San Francisco peaks, and the whole breathtaking Verde Valley including Cottonwood, Clarkdale and Jerome. Come join us for a Zip Line adventure that you'll never forget! Ride the most exciting zip line ever devised, over Out of Africa and soar over Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Hyenas, Bears, Jaguars and other natural predators!


Clarkdale Rocks Gem & Mineral Show to be held September 23rd - 25th, 2022

The Semi-Annual Clarkdale Gem and Mineral Show and Sale; Mingus Gem & Mineral Club, will be held at the Clark Memorial Clubhouse Auditorium, 19 N. Ninth Street in Clarkdale, Arizona on September 23rd - 25th, 2022. On Friday and Saturday, the show will be open to the public from 9:00 AM

The Semi-Annual Clarkdale Gem and Mineral Show and Sale; Mingus Gem & Mineral Club, will be held at the Clark Memorial Clubhouse Auditorium, 19 N. Ninth Street in Clarkdale, Arizona on September 23rd - 25th, 2022. On Friday and Saturday, the show will be open to the public from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM, and on Sunday the show hours are from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM.

FREE ADMISSION; Dealers, wire-wrapping and geode-splitting demonstrations, agates, fossils, gems, beads, findings, cabochons, crystals, geodes, rock slabs, tumble-polished minerals, handcrafted jewelry, carvings and unique gift items; Kids' Corner offers free mineral specimens for children 12 and under; Kids can play the Spin-n-Win Wheel.

Get your mineral specimens ID'd while experiencing great family fun for everyone from youths to seniors!

Daily raffles will be held for a chance to win one of many beautiful prizes to be offered throughout the show. This is a fun and educational event the entire family will enjoy. Admission is free.

Sponsored by the Town of Clarkdale, www.clarkdale.az.gov

Contact Information: For more information, please contact Bill Hedglin at billkarin3@q.com, (928) 634-0269 or Mike Kavanagh at kavanagh1368@yahoo.com, (928) 451-9193.

Visit the club website for more info: www.mingusgem.club


Jerome History Walk

Arizona once had a booming mining industry, known for copper and gold. Discover Arizona’s old mining history on a walking tour of the historic mining town of Jerome. Join a small group and explore the mining town stopping at key locations like the sliding jail, that slid off of its foundat
Arizona once had a booming mining industry, known for copper and gold. Discover Arizona’s old mining history on a walking tour of the historic mining town of Jerome. Join a small group and explore the mining town stopping at key locations like the sliding jail, that slid off of its foundation into the street, as well as the mining museum. Listen to stories of the old mining town while you walk See old mining equipment and saloon remains.

Small Group or Private Verde Canyon Railroad and Historic Jerome Tour from Phoenix

Experience Arizona’s picturesque Verde Valley on this guided excursion. After a convenient pickup from Phoenix/Scottsdale-area hotels, learn about the valley’s history, culture, and geology from an informative guide, visit the former mining town of Jerome, check out the Arizona Copper Art
Experience Arizona’s picturesque Verde Valley on this guided excursion. After a convenient pickup from Phoenix/Scottsdale-area hotels, learn about the valley’s history, culture, and geology from an informative guide, visit the former mining town of Jerome, check out the Arizona Copper Art Museum, and enjoy a complimentary lunch and snacks. Kick back on a luxury train with hor d'oeuvres and spectacular views on your return trip. Choose between a small-group or private tour.

Sedona with Jerome and Montezuma Castle One-Day Van Tour from Phoenix

Explore the sights surrounding Sedona on this guided day trip. Head out from Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, or Mesa to see Sedona sights including the famous Red Rocks, Chapel of the Holy Cross, and more, followed by a visit to the old mining town of Jerome. This tour includes all admission f
Explore the sights surrounding Sedona on this guided day trip. Head out from Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, or Mesa to see Sedona sights including the famous Red Rocks, Chapel of the Holy Cross, and more, followed by a visit to the old mining town of Jerome. This tour includes all admission fees as well as transportation among locations.

Wine Tour from Sedona to four Verde Valley Vineyards in Luxury Transportation

Our tour starts off by picking you up anywhere in Sedona, resort, motel or private home, in a custom Turtle Top tour coach, custom Mercedes Benz Sprinter or Ford Expedition depending on your tour size. We will go to 3 to 4 of the best local wineries. You will receive discounts on tastings
Our tour starts off by picking you up anywhere in Sedona, resort, motel or private home, in a custom Turtle Top tour coach, custom Mercedes Benz Sprinter or Ford Expedition depending on your tour size. We will go to 3 to 4 of the best local wineries. You will receive discounts on tastings and bottles of wine, at some of the wineries. You may bring your own alcoholic (or nonalcoholic) beverages with you on the bus. At one of the wineries, we will have a picnic, outside next to the grapevines or inside. The picnic is served on linens, it includes your own personal charcuterie tray. This tray includes French bread, gourmet cheeses, hard salami, olive oil with balsamic vinegar, grapes, nuts, and chocolates, for each individual person on the tour. At one of the award-winning wineries, we will be touring the production facility and barrel room. There we will discuss the wine-making process and what it takes to make a cluster of grapes into an award-winning bottle of wine. Lots of smiles!

Camp Verde Combo:One-Hour Jeep Tour, Horseback Ride, and Winery

Experience what the Verde Valley Wine Country has to offer! Start your adventure on a 1 Hour Horseback Ride, where they will show you the ropes of how to ride a horse. Then head over to Alcantara Vineyard, where you will experience a 1Hour Jeep Tour, where you will get to cross the Verde R
Experience what the Verde Valley Wine Country has to offer! Start your adventure on a 1 Hour Horseback Ride, where they will show you the ropes of how to ride a horse. Then head over to Alcantara Vineyard, where you will experience a 1Hour Jeep Tour, where you will get to cross the Verde River and see ancient ruins in the distance. End your tour with 5 wine tastings and a cheese platter to pair it with. Visit one of the Verde Valley's beautiful vineyards.

Inflatable Kayak Adventure from Camp Verde

Arizona's Verde River is a National Wild and Scenic River, which means it's recognized nationally for its extreme beauty. Don't miss the chance to kayak down the river at your own pace, taking in the views as you go with this Verde River Inflatable Kayak Adventure from Camp Verde. A sin

Arizona's Verde River is a National Wild and Scenic River, which means it's recognized nationally for its extreme beauty. Don't miss the chance to kayak down the river at your own pace, taking in the views as you go with this Verde River Inflatable Kayak Adventure from Camp Verde. A single inflatable kayak lets you keep your distance from others, while getting the group-like experience as you float along with other kayakers.

  • Paddle down Arizona's Verde River in an inflatable kayak
  • A self-guided river float lets you kayak at your own pace
  • Perfect for all skill levels from beginner to expert
  • All necessary equipment and a short instruction are provided for you

  • 1.5 Hour Horseback Ride

    Wilderness observation and exploration. Explore beautiful Prescott by horseback. Many trails to choose from. Rides for Riders of All Levels - 1.5 hour rides Birthdays - Proposals- Special Occasions

    Montezuma Castle, Jerome and Sedona Day Tour From Scottdale or Phoenix

    Discover Arizona’s rich history and Native American heritage on this full-day tour from Scottsdale or Phoenix. Visit two National Monuments—Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot—and learn more about the Sinagua people as you admire the fascinating ruins. Afterward, explore the former mining town o
    Discover Arizona’s rich history and Native American heritage on this full-day tour from Scottsdale or Phoenix. Visit two National Monuments—Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot—and learn more about the Sinagua people as you admire the fascinating ruins. Afterward, explore the former mining town of Jerome and enjoy an included lunch in Sedona.

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