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Dead Horse State Park

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EXPLORE • CAMPING & CABINS • PICNICING • FISHING

The story of the park's name begins with the Ireys family, who came to Arizona from Minnesota looking for a ranch to buy in the late 1940s. At one of the ranches they discovered a large dead horse lying by the road. After two days of viewing ranches, Dad Ireys asked the kids which ranch they liked the best. The kids said, “the one with the dead horse, dad!” The Ireys family chose the name Dead Horse Ranch and later, in 1973, when Arizona State Parks acquired the park, the Ireys made retaining the name a condition of sale.

Park and Facility Hours - The park is open year-round.
Gates close at dark. Seasonal hours may apply.
Day Use 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. daily
Visitor Center/Park Store 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily
Park Entrance Fee Per vehicle (1-4 Adults): $7.00
Individual/bicycle: $3.00

MONTEZUMA CASTLE

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ANCIENT RUINS OF EARLY AMERICAN CIVILIZATION

Would Your House Look This Good 800 Years From Now? Today we gaze through the windows of the past into one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. This 20 room high-rise apartment, nestled into a towering limestone cliff, tells a story of ingenuity, survival and ultimately, prosperity in an unforgiving desert landscape.

JEROME STATE HISTORIC PARK

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MANSION OF JEROME MINE OWNER - MINING MUSERUM

James S. Douglas built the Mansion on the hill just above his Little Daisy Mine in 1916. Douglas designed the house as a hotel for mining officials and investors as well as for his own family. It featured a wine cellar, billiard room, marble shower, steam heat, and, much ahead of its time, a central vacuum system. Douglas was most proud of the fact that the house was constructed of adobe bricks that were made on the site. He also built the Little Daisy Hotel near the mine as a dormitory for the miners. The concrete structure still stands. This former home is now a museum devoted to history of the Jerome area and the Douglas family. The museum features exhibits of photographs, artifacts, and minerals in addition to a video presentation and a 3-D model of the town with its underground mines. One room, the Douglas library, is restored as a period room. There are more displays outside along with a picnic area offering a beautiful panoramic view of the Verde Valley.

​Park and Facility Hours 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily
Museum/Park Store 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. daily
Park Entrance Fee Adult (14+): $7.00
Youth (7–13): $4.00 Child (0–6): FREE

HISTORIC FORT VERDE STATE PARK

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1800'S U.S. CALVARY FORT

Experience life through the eyes of a frontier soldier at Fort Verde State Historic Park. The fort was a base for General Crook’s U.S. Army scouts and soldiers in the 1870s and 1880s. From 1865 – 1891, Camp Lincoln, Camp Verde and Fort Verde were home to officers, doctors, families, enlisted men, and scouts. The park is the best-preserved example of an Indian Wars period fort in Arizona. Several of the original buildings still stand and living history programs are scheduled periodically, giving visitors a glimpse into Arizona’s history. Today visitors can experience three historic house museums, all furnished in the 1880s period, that are listed on the National and State Register of Historic Places. The former Administration building houses the Visitor Center with interpretive exhibits, period artifacts from military life, and history on the Indian Scouts and Indian Wars era. The park offers picnic tables, restrooms, RV and tour bus parking, and is ADA Accessible.

Park and Facility Hours 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily
Visitor Center/Park Store 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily
Park Entrance Fees Adult (14+): $7.00
Youth (7–13): $4.00 Child (0–6): FREE

MONTEZUMA WELL

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Ancient Sinagua Indian water source • Primitive Sinkhole

The legacy of the Sinagua culture surrounds you during a visit to Montezuma Well. From cliff dwellings perched along the rim to large pueblo ruins and an ancient pit house, the variety of these archeological sites is a testament to the ingenuity of these people.m

TUZIGOOT NAT'L MONUMENT

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1,000 Year old Ancient Pueblo.

Crowning a desert hilltop is an ancient pueblo. A child scans the desert landscape for the arrival of traders. What riches will they bring? What stories will they tell? From the rooftop of the Tuzigoot pueblo it is easy to imagine such a moment. The pueblo shows us this ancient village built by the Sinagua people. They were farmers and artists with trade connections that spanned hundreds of miles

ARIZONA COPPER ART MUSEUM

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ARIZONA'S GREATESTTRESURE IS IN CLARKDALE

The Arizona Copper Art Museum tells a genuine story, one that marries Arizona’s greatest treasure with world legends and fantastic art by returning copper home to where it all began.
The Story of Copper tarting in towns like Clarkdale, copper leaves, and then blossoms into an amazing story of the worlds’ most beautiful metal.  It is told through a wonderful idea of combining history and stunning artifacts into truly enjoyable exhibits.
The Copper State Join us and see a proper tribute to the Centennial of Arizona, and find out why Arizona is nicknamed the Copper State.
What's Here A massive and incomparable collection of over 5000 works of copper art and architecture of Western European and Northern American emphasis, spanning from 3500 B.C. to present day.
Amazing Galleries Easily equivalent to most large city museum collections although purposely located in Clarkdale to connect with Arizona’s copper foundation.

SEDONA HERITAGE MUSEUM

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PIONEERS OF SEDONA • WESTERN MOVIE HISTORY

We are the caretakers of Sedona area history. Visit us for personal enjoyment, entertainment, and education and research. Support us to insure the protection of the stories of our people, places and culture.

​​The Sedona Heritage Museum was once a homestead for the Jordan Family and is now, along with the Sedona Historical Society, working with the community to preserve the ever-growing history of Sedona. We focus on community events, education, history preservation, archives and restoration.

Open daily 11 a.m.- 3 p.m Closed Major Holidays
Self-Guided Tour: $5.00 Adults
Free for Children (under 13) 
Audio Tour:  *$2.00 additional (all ages)

RED ROCK STATE PARK

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PARK DEDICATED TO NATURE, HIKING, LEARNING, FUN

Red Rock's Miller Visitor Center includes exhibits and a park store. Inquire about the Junior Ranger and Junior Buddy programs available for children ages 4–12. There is also a movie theater that plays a short film on Sedona and the surrounding area. Movies play daily starting at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. with a special monthly theme video showing at 3 p.m. each day.

​The family-oriented trail system is well marked for your safety and pleasure. The 5-mile network consists of interconnecting loops, which lead you to vistas of red rock or along the lush greenery of Oak Creek.

Park and Facility Hours 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Last entry at 4:30 p.m.
Visitor Center 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday - Sunday, From May 12 through August 8:00 a.m. – Dusk
Visitor Center 9:00 a.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Park Entrance FeeAdult (14+): $7.00
Youth (7–13): $4.00 Child (0–6): FREE

SLIDE ROCK STATE PARK

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POPULAR RECREATION AREA • FAMILY FUN WHEN ITS WARM

Locals Hint: Try to get to the park when it is opening. It fills up often by midmorning.

Slide Rock State Park is a very popular recreation site that attracts many visitors throughout the year. Due to limited parking and a need to protect the precious resources we ask the following of our visitors:
Read all the rules on the website below.

Park and Facility Hours Last entry 30 minutes prior to closing
January 28 - April 30 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
May 1 - Labor Day 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday after Labor Day - October 31 8:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m.
November 1 - January 27 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Park Entrance Fee
May 26 - Labor Day Per vehicle (1-4 adults): $20.00 Monday - Thursday
Per vehicle (1-4 adults): $30.00 Friday - Sunday, holiday Mondays, and July 3-4, 2017
Tuesday after Labor Day - September 30 Per vehicle (1-4 adults): $20.00
October - April Per vehicle (1-4 adults): $10.00
May 1 - May 25 Per vehicle (1-4 adults): $20.00

CRESCENT MOON RANCH

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ALSO KNOWN AS OAK CREEK CROSSING

Crescent Moon Ranch is an exceptional year-round place to stay in beautiful Sedona. The central Arizona facility is a rustic, historic ranch house adjacent to Oak Creek and near the base of the towering Cathedral Rock, one of the most photographed scenes in the Southwest. Guests can enjoy hiking, photography or simply relaxing and taking in the breathtaking views. 
One of the most photographed scenes in the southwest is towering Cathedral Rock reflected in the waters of Oak Creek at Red Rock Crossing. It should come as no surprise, then, that the picnic area located at that same site is as popular as it is beautiful. People come here to fish, swim, and wade in the creek, as well as to picnic and photograph the scenery. At times it can become quite crowded. But if you come early in the morning or on a weekday, it's possible to have the world class beauty of Red Rock Crossing all to yourself, or nearly so.

​​The Sedona Heritage Museum was once a homestead for the Jordan Family and is now, along with the Sedona Historical Society, working with the community to preserve the ever-growing history of Sedona. We focus on community events, education, history preservation, archives and restoration.

Open daily 11 a.m.- 3 p.m Closed Major Holidays
Self-Guided Tour: $5.00 Adults
Free for Children (under 13) 
Audio Tour:  *$2.00 additional (all ages)

GRASSHOPPER POINT

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CLIFF DIVING • WATER PLAY • SWIMMING HOLE

You really can't beat Oak Creek for it's abundance of  wonderful swimming holes. They are easy to get to, the scenery is stunning and the water is a nice respite from the Arizona heat.  Grasshopper Point is not as popular as it's upstream rival Slide Rock State Park, but it still packs a punch when it comes to fun.  Due to it's capacity limits, prime parking spots will disappear quickly and the FULL sign will undoubtedly make an appearance early on weekend days.  Don't fret, people are coming and going all day, you can hang around and wait for an opening to come available. During the week, you should be able to grab a spot as I was up at the swimming hole early June on a Thursday and only a few spots has been taken.​

V BAR V HERITAGE SITE

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ANCIENT PETROGLYPH SITE

This is the largest known petroglyph site in the Verde Valley, as well as being one of the best-preserved. Acquired by the Coconino National Forest in 1994, the site is protected and kept open to the visiting public for their enjoyment and opportunity to learn more about our national cultural heritage. As partners in this effort, both the Verde Valley Archaeological Society and the Friends of the Forest provide interpretive tours and on-site management. The Red Rock Pass Program provides funding for the protection, enhanced amenities and facility maintenance under authority of the National Recreation Enhancement Act of 2005.