Stroll the streets of Arizona’s first “planned community” in the heart of the Verde Valley—just 10 minutes from Jerome and 30 minutes from Sedona.
Clarkdale was founded as a modern copper-smelting company town for the employees of the mines in Jerome and their families. Ahead of its time, Clarkdale boasted underground utilities, sewers, paved streets, stylish homes and a thriving commercial center.
Many of Clarkdale’s original historic homes still stand today, having been lovingly restored or rejuvenated. Its beautiful town park with its iconic gazebo serves as the focal point for family-friendly free events and concerts throughout the year like summertime block parties and Clarktoberfest in the fall.
The copper company’s historic rail line was reborn in 1990 as the Verde Canyon Railroad. Board the train and spot bald eagles on “Arizona’s Longest-Running Nature Show” or enjoy any one of their other special seasonal events held year-round.
Explore Tuzigoot National Monument, ruins of an ancient Sinagua Indian pueblo built on a hilltop overlooking the river, with great views of the entire area, all the way up to nearby Jerome.
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