There’s so much to see here!
Check out these nearby cities and historic sites.

 

Sedona

Located in the heart of Arizona, Sedona charms people’s hearts with its breathtaking panoramic scenery, mild climate, blue sky, red rock mountains on all sides, and beautiful sunsets. Situated only 15 minutes away from Rio Verde RV Park, Sedona is one of Arizona’s premier tourism, recreation, resort, arts, cultural, and retirement centers.

At an altitude of 4,500 feet, Sedona escapes the desert heat of Southern Arizona and the mountain snows of the north with both just a short drive away. Sedona is located at the southern end of renowned Oak Creek Canyon in the state’s legendary Red Rock Country 125 miles north of Phoenix, 27 miles south of Flagstaff. Highway 89A through Oak Creek Canyon was Arizona’s first designated Scenic Highway and was named by Rand-McNally as one of the most beautiful drives in America.

The area is the second most visited site in the state after the Grand Canyon. More than 4 million tourists visit Sedona annually in order to enjoy the visual wonders created by the red rocks in holy shapes such as Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, and Courthouse Butte.

http://www.visitsedona.com/

 

Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Drive
Get your camera ready for this one, and don’t forget your swim suit, hiking shoes, and fishing pole. Just south of Flagstaff, State Rt. 89A descends a breathtaking series of switchbacks into a scenic, smaller cousin of the Grand Canyon. Known for colorful rocks and unique formations, Oak Creek Canyon is famous the world around for its spectacular scenery.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/coconino/recarea/?recid=74380

Slide Rock State Park
Part apple orchard, part natural water slide, Slide Rock State Park is a must-see destination when you visit Sedona. For a thrill, shimmy down the rock water slide that cascades into a series of glistening swimming holes, or simply wade in the water and enjoy the century-old irrigation system. At Slide Rock State Park, you can also fish, swim, hike and spot the Sedona area’s indigenous wildlife all without ever leaving the park.

http://azstateparks.com/Parks/slRO/index.html

 

Cottonwood

Old Town Cottonwood
Historic Old Town Cottonwood is a town within a town, with its own quaint character and colorful 20th century Old West past. (It was a bootlegging center and a popular movie location!) Its well-preserved architectural heritage has won it a place on the National Register of Historic Places.
http://www.oldtown.org/

Tuzigoot National Monument
Tuzigoot National Monument preserves a 2- to 3-story pueblo ruin on the summit of a limestone
and sandstone ridge just east of Clarkdale, 120 feet (36 m) above the Verde River floodplain. The Tuzigoot Site is an elongated complex of stone masonry rooms that were built along the spine of a natural outcrop in the Verde Valley.
http://www.nps.gov/tuzi/index.htm

 Dead Horse Ranch State Park
Dead Horse Ranch State Park is a beautiful park located in the Riparian area of the Verde Valley. The 3,300 foot elevation accounts for the mild temperatures that are ideal for camping, mountain biking in the Coconino National Forest, hiking along the Verde River, canoeing, picnicking, fishing, or just wading in the cool water.
http://azstateparks.com/Parks/DEHO/ 

Historic Jerome

Perched on the side of Cleopatra Hill in the Mingus Mountains, Jerome was the third-largest city in Arizona during mining’s heyday, known far and wide for its wild saloons and raucous inhabitants. In the 1960s, this mile-high town was reinvented by artists as an enclave of studios, shops and galleries.

With sweeping views of the entire Verde Valley, today’s Jerome welcomes history buffs and art lovers alike with its handmade feel and variety of wonderful restaurants, charming lodging and dozens of eclectic, artistic shops. With a population of four hundred, Jerome welcomes visitors to enjoy its cool artistic vibe and rich mining history.

http://www.azjerome.com/jerome/

Camp Verde

Montezuma Castle

It’s not a castle and Montezuma was never here! This five-level, 20 room cliff dwelling “Montezuma Castle” nestled into a limestone recess high above Beaver Creek served as a “high-rise apartment building” for prehistoric Sinagua Indians over 600 years ago. It is one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. Erroneously (?) named for the 16th century Aztec ruler, the site is a classic example of the last phase of southern Sinagua occupation of the Verde Valley. Maybe early settlers, astounded by the sophisticated structures, mistook the dwelling for Aztec – and the name they ascribed to the “castle” still remains. Or was it simply a case of naming an impressive site after a famous name? Whichever the reason might be, as the oldest and best preserved cliff dwelling in the Southwest it is an impressive insight into the life of the Sinagua Indians who built it in the 12th century. A lot of questions will go through your mind when you look at the massive complex of 20 rooms that was built into a cliff high above the flood plain of Beaver Creek.

http://www.nps.gov/moca/index.htm

Rimrock

Montezuma’s Well

Montezuma Well is located 11 miles from Montezuma Castle north on I-17 exit 293 and follow the signs. The water of Montezuma Well enters from two underground springs. Over one and a half million gallons of water a day flow into the well. It’s a real Oasis! When visiting Arizona you must see this secret place. It is not a well, but a sink hole. The pond is fed by a underground water cavern, then the water exits through another cavern, then to an existing Sinagua Indian irrigation canal. Montezuma Well is part of the Montezuma Castle National Monument.

http://www.nps.gov/moca/montezuma-well.htm