Verde Valley, Sedona Arizona

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Verde Valley

The Verde Valley, Arizona’s lush desert oasis and home to the Verde River, is shared by the towns of Sedona, Camp Verde, Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Prescott, Cornville, Jerome, and Lake Montezuma.

  • Get to know the lush landscape of Central/Northern Arizona with a scenic drive through the Verde Valley. 
  • Stop and play in the Verde River. 
  • Drive through the towns of Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Jerome, and Prescott to get a taste of Arizona’s cultural history.

Why should I drive the Verde Valley Scenic Drive?

A drive through the Verde’s Valley diverse landscape provides a great introduction to the geology and history of Northern Arizona’s lush green valley. The drive also provides access to attractions such as the Verde River, historical Jerome, Montezuma’s Castle, Camp Verde, Out of Africa Wildlife Park, and much more.

Where does Verde Valley Scenic Drive begin and end?

From Sedona you can either drive south on Hwy 179 to I-17, or west on Hwy 89a toward Cottonwood.

How long does it take to drive Verde Valley?

It’s good to set aside a whole day to do this scenic drive and plan to make a couple stops along the way.

What will I see along the way?

  • Historical towns of Cottonwood, Jerome, Camp Verde, and Prescott. 
  • Indian Ruins such as Montezuma’s Castle and Tuzigoot National Monument. 
  • The Verde River runs through the entire valley. The easiest access points to the river are in Camp Verde.