2016 Visitors Guide…
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323 miles round trip
Located in the nation's largest contiguous forest of Ponderosa pine, Prescott is a beautiful city rich in Western flavor. Founded in 1863, Prescott became Arizona's first territorial capital and the region's economic center. Much of what was developed in those early days is preserved today - famous Whiskey Row, the downtown Courthouse Plaza and the first territorial governor's residence. Prescott is also the site of the world's oldest rodeo.
Nestled in the heart of "Red Rock Country", Sedona has been proclaimed by travel journals throughout the world as "Arizona's Scenic Sensation." There are many fine art studios and restaurants, unbeatable scenery, and with more than 40 galleries, there is every kind of art imaginable.
Built on the side of Mingus Mountain, part of Jerome and its economy slid downhill after the mines closed in 1951. Since the 1960s, the old mining center has enjoyed a rebirth from its ghost town status. It has now become an enclave of galleries and restaurants, many of which are in the original buildings. The mansion of the magnate James Douglas is now the Jerome State Historic Park.
Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments are remnants of two distinctive cultures that once flourished in the Verde Valley. Montezuma Castle is a five-story, 20-room dwelling in a cliff recess 100 feet above the valley floor. Tuzigoot is the remnant of a Sinaguan village built between 1125 and 1400.
Situated on the Verde River, Camp Verde offers a wide variety of scenic, recreational and archaeological attractions. At Out of Africa Wildlife Park, you will see and interact with animals from around the world that live in natural, spacious habitats and share a unique and special relationship with their caregivers. The Park is a fun, interactive, and educational experience for visitors of all ages. Fort Verde State Park has military buildings and troop quarters left as a reminder of one of the largest U.S. Cavalry posts built to protect settlers and wage war against he Apaches in the 1870s.
Home to the majestic bald eagle, Verde Canyon is accessible only by rail. Expert narration and guides on the Verde Canyon Railroad's four-hour scenic ride leave passengers with a sense of history, archaeology, geology, wildlife and Indian lore.