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Central Arizona has everything!

Scenic and historic parks and landmarks, ancient Indian ruins, museums, forests, & ghost towns - just for starters.

Great ideas for family fun and and lots to   See & Do   for anyone vacationing in Arizona.

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Southwest Inn at Sedona

Cordes Junction Arizona
Blends architecture and ecology "arcology". Created by Italian architect Paolo Soleri. Open daily. A HoT SpoT destination.

The Bead Museum
Prescott Arizona

Congress - Ghost Town
"Site of Congress Gold Mine"
Ruins of old cabins and flats, old cemetery is well maintained.

Courthouse Plaza
Prescott Arizona
Downtown Prescott is a spectacle to behold during the holidays. Billed as "Arizona's Christmas City" the Courthouse Plaza becomes magically transformed with thousands of lights. Be sure to visit the first Territorial Governor's Mansion too. A HoT SpoT location especially during the holiday season.

Clemenceau Heritage Museum
1 N Willard Street
Cottonwood Arizona
Housed in a 1923 school, the museum depicts early pioneer life in the Verde Valley. A HoT SpoT tour with children.

Dead Horse Ranch State Park
A scenic park offering stream and pond fishing, hiking trails, picnicking and bird watching. Trails wind along the scenic Verde River. A HoT SpoT day outing.

Desert Caballeros Western Museum
Wickenburg Arizona
Western art and memorabilia tracing history of the area. A HoT SpoT for history buffs.

Fort Verde State Historic Park
125 E Hollamon Street
Camp Verde Arizona
The park is home to military and pioneer artifacts. A HoT SpoT for history buffs.

General Crook Trail
A scenic route which begins at Fort Verde State Park, winding through across the Mogollon Rim, the Trail ends at Fort Apache. A HoT SpoT scenic route.

Hassayampa River Preserve
Self-guided nature trails along Palm Lake.

Jerome - Former Ghost Town
on Cleopatra Hill/Mingus Mountain
"Famous Copper Camp Established in 1876" The town hit a peak population of 15,000 about 1929 and its main mine produced $500,000,000 in ore before closing in 1952. The population has re-grown to about 400 making Jerome classified as a "restored mining town." Many picturesque buildings and ruins, museum, other points of interest. A HoT SpoT destination.

Jerome State Historic Park
Jerome Arizona
Preserves the mansion of James S "Rawhide" Douglas.

McCabe - Ghost Town
"Mining & Milling Town"
Dating from the late 19th century. Remains of old cabins, cemetery, ruins of large mill.

Mine Museum
200 Main Street
Jerome Arizona
The history of copper-mining in the Verde Valley. A HoT SpoT for learning.

Montezuema Castle National Landmark
5 mi N of Camp Verde Arizona
A twenty room cliff dwelling believed to have been built by the Sinaguas between 1100 and 1400 AD. The dwelling is 90% intact. A HoT SpoT tour and learning center.

Oak Creek Canyon
N of Sedona Arizona
Towering sandstone cliffs and popular water recreation. Scenic drive from Sedona to Flagstaff takes you to the top of the canyon with a scenic overlook. Home of Slide Rock State Park Breathtaking beauty. A HoT SpoT scenic drive or destination.

The Phippen Museum
of Western Art
Prescott Arizona

Prescott National Forest
Verde District
Camp Verde Arizona
A cool, tall pine forest offering camping, hiking and riding trails, stream and lake fishing. A HoT SpoT destination. See lodging section for campgrounds.

Red Rock State Park
4050 Red Rock Loop Road
Sedona Arizona
A 286 acre park featuring hiking and nature programs which focus on the wildlife along Oak Creek. A HoT SpoT destination especially with children.

Sharlot Hall Museum
Prescott Arizona

Slide Rock State Park
7 mi N of Sedona Arizona
Located in Oak Creek Canyon, Slide Rock offers scenic beauty with the day use area. Featuring rock formations and a natural sandstone waterslide (great fun!). Picnic areas. A HoT SpoT destination.

Smik Museum
Prescott Arizona

Stanton - Ghost Town
"Named for Charles B Stanton"
Mr Stanton kept a store and stage station and was postmaster in 1875. Later the town was an active mining camp. Remaining buildings all in fair/good condition. All are privately owned.

Tiger - Ghost Town
"Tiger Mine Discovered about 1870"
It was said to have been the first silver mine of importance found in northern Arizona. Only foundations remain. Located on private land.

(I know it's shopping ... still a pretty place!) World class shopping in a replica of an Old Mexican Village. A HoT SpoT destination.

Tuzigoot National Monument
near Cottonwood Arizona
The name Tuzigoot is Apache for "crooked water" and the monument is home to a pre-Columbian pueblo ruin. There is also a museum of artifacts which were uncovered at the site. A HoT SpoT destination.

Verde Canyon Railroad
300 N Broadway
Clarkdale Arizona
Offers scenic rail excursions through the majestic North Verde River Canyon and Sycamore Wilderness area. Wildlife flourishes along the route. A must do HoT Spot activity.

Verde River Greenway
Adjacent to Dead Horse State Park
Cottonwood Arizona
A cool reprieve from hot Arizona summers. Huge stands of cottonwoods. A HoT SpoT for bird watching, wildlife viewing or just relaxing.

Verde Santa Fe Golf Course
1045 S. Verde Santa Fe Parkway
Cottonwood Arizona

Walker - Ghost Town
"Named for Capt. Joseph Walker"
Capt Walker led a gold expedition into the area in 1863. As a result of his success, Walker came into being. The town has a few winter residents and many summer residents.

Weaver or Weaverville - Ghost Town
"Named After Pauline Weaver"
Pauline was a guide and the party he led accidentally discovered a rich gold find. When the gold was exhausted, the town was a hide-out for thieves and murderers. After 30 years of lawlessness the gangs were driven out and Weaver became a ghost town. Little remains except mine trails.

Whiskey Row
Prescott Arizona Visit the famous street of old-time saloons. Get a feel for what night life was when Prescott became the first Territorial Capital. Much of that early life is preserved here today. A HoT SpoT attraction.

Yavapai-Verde Reservation
353 W Middle Verde Road
Camp Verde Arizona
Featuring the new Cliff Castles Casino. A HoT SpoT adult activity.

Yavapai-Prescott Reservation
Featuring the new Bucky's Casino. A HoT SpoT adult activity.

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