Cottonwood/Clarkdale/Jerome/Cornville Attractions & Entertainment Facilities

Old Town Cottonwood

Located between 10th and Cactus Street on Main Street, Old Town Cottonwood has ‘old’ in the name, but it has a new face and energy that is drawing the whole state to see and savor. It’s not just because the wine is homegrown in the Verde Valley, though that has is a special draw in Old Town tasting rooms.  The district is today, as it has in the past, given, the Cottonwood community, a downtown sense of place, with popular pedestrian appeal of small block sizes and fresh wave of popular, and often hip, businesses and great restaurants.

http://www.oldtown.org/

Old Town Center for the Arts

Located at 633 N. Fifth St., the Old Town Center for the Arts is the finest venue and stage for performing arts, music, comedy and other quality performances in Cottonwood. There is a wide variety of entertainment on tap, from fine stringed instruments to dirty blues, poetry and stand-up comedy with top talent from across the country and beyond. Enjoy whatever tickles your cultural palate.

http://www.oldtowncenter.org

Main Stage Music Venue

The newest performance venue on the scene, Main Stage, is at 1 S. Main St. in Cottonwood. Main Stage hosts Live Music Thursday, Friday, Saturday Nights, ‘Church of Bluegrass’ on Sundays, as well as a Ladies Dance Party on Wednesday nights. They bring in national and regional acts as well as local musicians of almost all genres of music. (928) 202-3460

http://mainstagetheater.com

Blazin’ M Ranch Wild West Adventure

For 20 years the Blazin’ M Ranch, at 187 Mabery Ranch Road near Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood, has provided visitors to Arizona with an Old West experience to remember. Featuring a mouth-waterin’ chuckwagon supper followed by a toe-tappin’, knee-slappin’ hour-long western stage production by award-winning musicians, this is a must-do Verde Valley attraction.

http://www.blazinm.com

Cottonwood Recreation Center

The Recreation Center, 150 S. Sixth St, Cottonwood, is a $20 million complex for recreation and fitness with a variety of opportunities. There is a leisure pool with a 160’ flume slide for children through adults, a large spa, 20’ climbing wall suitable for novices to moderates as well as cardio and fitness equipment and a high school sized gymnasium. Cottonwood Recreation Center has 36 pieces of cardio equipment. Dumbells and free weights for toning and strength training. Nearby is the Cottonwood Tennis Center with four courts for singles and doubles play. For more information: 928-639-3200

http://cottonwoodaz.gov/parksrec/index2.php

Verde Canyon Railroad

The Verde River Canyon Railroad has been praised by railroad aficionados among the best scenic rail shows in the country. The four-hour experience to the Perkinsville Ranch and back is a four-star event. There are no roads into the Verde River Canyon, so the train is the only access exclusive to that spectacular majestic scenery. The historic route is nestled between two national forests and adjacent to a wilderness area. The Verde Canyon Railroad is located at 300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale. For reservations, prices and schedules, call (800) 320-0718.

http://verdecanyonrr.com

Tuzigoot National Monument

A 110-room pueblo overlooks the Tavasci Marsh and Verde River near Clarkdale. Tuzigoot is Apache for “crooked water,” from nearby Pecks Lake, a cutoff meander of the Verde River. Historically, the pueblo was built by the Sinagua people between 1125 and 1400 CE. Tuzigoot is the largest and best-preserved of the many Sinagua pueblo ruins in the Verde Valley. Managed by the Montezuma Castle National Monument, Tuzigoot is at 25 Tuzigoot Road, Clarkdale. 928-634-5564

http://nps.gov/tuzi

Sycamore Canyon Wilderness

With nearly 58,000 acres, Sycamore Canyon was the first place in Arizona to earn the “primitive area” designation. In 1984, the Arizona Wilderness Act upgraded it to a wilderness designation.  Within the Prescott, Coconino and Kaibab national forests, the canyon stretches 20 miles from the confluence of Sycamore Creek and the Verde River up to the Mogollon Rim. At its widest point, the canyon is seven miles across. Parsons Trail provides perhaps the best opportunity to experience the canyon up close. Classified as easy-to-moderate, Parsons Trail can be covered in about four hours or enjoyed for an entire day. The trail is limited to day-use only. Backpackers, however, are permitted to continue past Parsons Springs for overnight camping. The trail is 3.7 miles each way, and high-quality hiking boots and plenty of water are absolute necessities. Elevation change is 500 feet.From Historic 89A, between Old Town Cottonwood and Clarkdale, take the turnoff for Tuzigoot National Monument; approximately a half-mile, after bridge, immediately turn left on Sycamore Canyon Road (FSR 131) and go 10 miles, parallel to Verde River, to Parsons Trail trailhead.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/coconino

Clarkdale Town Park Gazebo

The Town of Clarkdale has five parks but the most prominent gathering place is the Town Park at 1001 Main Street, located in the heart of the original Clarkdale town site. This large park hosts a children’s playground, multi-purpose turf area, restrooms, picnic tables and - best of all - a historic gazebo. The gazebo becomes a band stand for many performers during the town’s free Concerts in the Park series every summer and also sees special performances throughout the year. The gazebo is available to rent for weddings and other events.

http://www.clarkdale.az.us

Page Springs Fish Hatchery

The 82-acre Page Springs Fish Hatchery is the largest freshwater hatchery in Arizona and also produces nearly 700,000 trout each year. The property includes a smaller warm water hatchery, Bubbling Ponds. In recent years, Bubbling Ponds produced sportfish including bluegill, largemouth bass, walleye, and sensitive species such as razorback suckers. The Colorado pikeminnow are used by the department in native fish conservation and recovery efforts. Free admission. 1600 N. Page Springs Road, Cornville AZ.

http://www.azgfd.gov/h_f/hatcheries_page_springs.shtml

 

Jerome Historic Home & Building Tour

The longest ongoing home tour in Arizona takes visitors through some of Jerome’s most remarkable buildings every May. Sponsored by the Jerome Chamber of Commerce and the Jerome Historical Society, the tour offers a free shuttle to get visitors up and down the infamous streets of the hillside town, with docents at each site telling tales and providing fascinating history. (928) 634-2900

http://jeromechamber.com

Mingus Mountain

Mingus Mountain offers a cool getaway from the crowds and heat of the Verde Valley. Take Arizona 89A from Cottonwood through Jerome and on up through the switchbacks. This drive will take you to some of the most beautiful vistas in all of Arizona. At the top, you have the option of turning right or left. Either way leads to good hiking and camping. The turnoff to the Woodchute Trailhead is 0.3 miles from Arizona 89A. A paved road leads to the parking lot, but vehicles are allowed through the gate. Be sure to close it behind you when entering or leaving.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/prescott/home

 

Hang-gliding off Mingus Mountain

The Mingus Mountain hang-gliding launch site is billed by the Arizona Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association as its premier launch site. It is located in the Prescott National Forest between Prescott Valley and Jerome. Camping is available within half a mile of the launch site. It has a poured concrete ramp and a natural ramp 150 feet north. With an approximately 4,300-foot vertical and a grassy breakdown area, it is considered one of the best sites in the United States. The U.S. Forest Service owns the launch site, but the landing zone is on private land. Take State Route 89A south from Jerome to top of mountain. Follow exit to Mingus Recreational Area where a packed-dirt road begins. Follow to campground. Take a left at the campground to go to the launch.

Riverfront Park

Located at 1284 E. Riverfront Drive off of 10th Street, Riverfront Park has it all. The biggest park in Cottonwood includes four adult softball fields, a four-field youth ball complex, a youth football/soccer field, a skate park, in-line hockey arena, an 18-tee disc golf course, batting cages (February-November), five ramadas with picnic tables, a large barbecue, two sand volleyball courts, a large children’s play apparatus, swing sets, a five-court horseshoe pit and a large grassy area for field games. There is also access to the Verde River, where fishing is available year round. Hiking trails along the Verde connect to other area attractions, including the “Jail Trail,” which will take you into Old Town Cottonwood.

The Riverfront Dog Park is next to the youth fields and includes three areas. To learn about rentals and fees (and tokens for the batting cages), call 928-639-3200.

http://cottonwoodaz.gov/parksrec/index2.php

Haunted Tours & Jerome Grand Hotel

Jerome ghost tours concentrate on a number of locations and buildings that give this historic mining town its nickname as the largest ghost town in America. Tours that are not sponsored by local hotels typically go to different locations throughout and outside of town, such as old cemeteries.

The town, however, is known to have several haunted hotels. The Jerome Grand Hotel is maybe the most famous haunted hotel in Jerome. It was opened in 1926 as a hospital, one of the region’s most modern medical facilities. It was closed in 1950 and remained vacant until it reopened in 1997 as the Grand Hotel. The hauntings began as soon as the hotel opened. The hotel is located at 200 Hill St. For information or reservations call the Jerome Grand Hotel at (928) 634-8200, or go online to http://www.jeromegrandhotel.com. The Connor Hotel was one of the first in Jerome. By the time it was rebuilt in 1898, it had already burned down twice. There are rooms in the hotel where apparitions are seen and unexplainable sounds heard. The Connor Hotel is located at 164 Main St. For information or reservations call (928) 634-5006.

Cornville Windmill Park

Comprising 4.59 acres with amenities including playground equipment, multipurpose playfield, horseshoe pit, sand volleyball courts, ramadas with picnic tables, barbecue grills, pond, restrooms, half basketball court, drinking fountain, exercise trail. Caretaker Contact Information: Cornville Community Association Lois Hook (928) 649-3190. The park is at 9950 E Cornville Road, Cornville, AZ; 928-634-4805.

Cornville horseback riding

Horsin’ Around Adventures offers the closest horse stable to Sedona and Cottonwood in the Verde Valley. We are located on our family owned and operated 100-year-old working ranch that sits on majestic House Mountain and overlooks the breathtakingly beautiful Oak Creek. They are surrounded by Northern Arizona’s wine country, and right next door to the Arizona fish hatchery as well as. Featured in Western Horseman magazine, Barrel Horse news, the Super Looper magazine, Quarter Horse Journal and on the cover of Arizona highways magazine. 2650 N. Dancing Apache Road, Cornville AZ; 928-649-3377.

 





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