Verde Valley attractions

Architecture in Verde Valley

Arcosanti

Two miles east of I-17 exit 262 (at Cordes Junction, 65 miles north of Phoenix), Arcosanti is an architectural experiment in urban living that's been a work in progress since 1970. The brainchild of the late, ground…
State Park in Verde Valley

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Founded by the US Army in 1871 on the site of a farming settlement, Fort Verde was designed to prevent Indian raids on Anglo settlers. Tonto Apache chief Chalipun surrendered here in April 1873. Today, the town’s Fo…
Ruins in Verde Valley

Montezuma Castle National Monument

Like nearby Tuzigoot National Monument, Montezuma Castle is a stunningly well-preserved 1000-year-old Sinagua cliff dwelling: early explorers thought the five-story-high pueblo was Aztec and hence dubbed it Montezum…
Historic Site in Verde Valley

V-Bar-V Heritage Site

More than 1000 petrolgyphs have been identified at this well-protected Forest Service site, for which you'll need a Red Rock or Federal Interagency Pass. Many appear unique to the Southern Sinaguan who lived here be…
Ruins in Verde Valley

Montezuma Well

An outlying site of Montezuma Castle National Monument, Montezuma Well is a natural limestone sinkhole 470ft wide, surrounded by both Sinaguan and Hohokam dwellings dating back to AD 1050. Water from the well was us…