Top things to do in Cottonwood

Ruins in Cottonwood

Tuzigoot National Monument

Atop a ridge due east of Clarkdale, Tuzigoot National Monument – a Sinaguan pueblo like nearby Montezuma Castle – is believed to have been inhabited from AD 1000 to 1400. At its peak as many as 225 people lived in i…
State Park in Cottonwood

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

The Verde River runs past this 423-acre park, which offers picnicking, fishing, 20-plus miles of multi-use trails (for bikes, horses and hikers) and a playground. Bird-watchers will want to make the short trek to th…
American in Cottonwood

Crema Craft Kitchen & Bar

In recent years Crema has morphed from a low-key coffee shop with pastries, sandwiches and gelato to a full-on 'craft kitchen' with an impressive line-up of gourmet breakfast and lunch sandwiches, fancy burritos, in…
Pizza in Cottonwood

Bocce Pizzeria

This hip gourmet pizzeria goes the extra mile to ensure authenticity: the chef earned her dough-stretching stripes in Naples, the oven burns wood, the mozzarella's stretched in-house and even the flour is imported. …
Wine Bar in Cottonwood

Merkin Vineyards Osteria

Complementing 100% Arizona wines with top-notch Arizona produce (the eponymous winery's high-elevation varietals come largely from fruit grown in Wilcox, AZ, while local suppliers provide the basis of the Italian me…
American in Cottonwood

Blazin' M Ranch

Near Dead Horse Ranch State Park, here you can yee-haw with the rest of them at chuckwagon suppers – in the dinner barn – paired with rootin' tootin' cowboy entertainment. Kids big and small love it. Opening times m…
Steakhouse in Cottonwood

Nic's Italian Steak & Crab House

You wouldn't really expect an old Chicago vibe – dark, intimate, cozy booths – in Cottonwood, but this joint gets it right. Same goes for the grilled steaks. And did somebody say crab mac 'n' cheese? This place draw…
Wine Bar in Cottonwood

Burning Tree Cellars

Boutique, small-batch Arizona wines are the focus of this stylish, welcoming tasting room. Come on Friday or Saturday for live music.
Museum in Cottonwood

Clemenceau Heritage Museum

Housed in a refurbished state school dating to 1924 (Cottonwood's heyday) this worthwhile volunteer-run museum reanimates everyday life in the Verde Valley since the 19th century. The precisely reconstructed schoolr…