Located entirely in northern Arizona, Grand Canyon National Park encompasses nearly 300 miles of the Colorado River and adjacent uplands. One of the most spectacular examples of erosion anywhere in the world, the Grand Canyon is unmatched in the incomparable vistas it offers to visitors on both its north and south rims. Grand Canyon National Park is a World Heritage Site. For more information on things to do at Grand Canyon National Park, click here.
Three large pueblos, built and occupied by the Sinagua (Spanish for "without water")
Indians somewhere between 1125 and 1400 A.D., form the ancient village of Tuzigoot
which crowns a 100-foot-high ridge on the banks of the Verde River. An Apache word meaning "crooked water," Tuzigoot was excavated during the mid-1930s and declared
a National Monument in 1939 by Franklin Roosevelt. For more information on things to do and see at Tuzigoot,
The oddly misnamed Montezuma's Castle (it is neither a castle nor did Montezuma ever
reside there) is one of the best preserved cliff dwelling in North America, rising five
stories high and built into a limestone recess far above the flood plain of Beaver Creek
in the Verde Valley. Montezuma's Castle was declared a national monument in 1906,
with the nearby Montezuma's Well annexed to the monument later. For more information on things to do and see at Montezuma's Castle and Well, click here.
Today a ghost town, Jerome was once a bona fide boomtown and the talk of the Territory. With some of the richest mines in the country, Jerome in its heyday pumped billions of dollars of copper, gold and silver into the U.S. economy of the late 1800s before growing labor unrest, wars, equivocating copper prices and economic depressions finally forced the mines closed in 1953. Home to the classically Southwestern Douglas Mansion, Jerome became a National Historic Landmark in 1976. For more information on Jerome, click here.
Verde Valley Railroad
Experience a four-hour ride along the scenic route between Clarkdale and Perkinsville
into Arizona's "other grand canyon" aboard Verde Canyon Railroad's excursion trains.
Verde Canyon, accessible only by rail, features some of the state's most spectacular
scenery, including flora and fauna, rugged high-desert rock faces and panoramic views
uniquely distinctive to this geological area. This historic route-between two national
forests and adjacent to a wilderness area-follow the upper Verde River, a lush riparian
habitat of astonishing beauty. For more information on booking a tour on the Verde
Canyon Railroad, click here.