Cottonwood & Verde Valley

Cottonwood is at the heart of it all!

The Verde Valley will take your breath away

Cottonwood History

From its humble beginnings as an adobe hut built for Camp Verde soldiers to its now bustling entertainment and culinary districts, Cottonwood is rich in Arizona history and has come to its notoriety through its active community and rich culture. As you might imagine though, the town got its name because of its namesake, the Cottonwood tree. What you might not have guessed, however, is that was because when early settlers moved in, they discovered a perfect circle of sixteen trees growing about a quarter mile from the Verde River!

In 1960, Cottonwood was officially incorporated but was earlier founded in 1879, by Charles D. Willard and a mechanic by the name of Neff. In it’s early days Cottonwood was largely an agricultural community, growing hay and grain and running cattle mostly. By the 1920’s, Cottonwood was a thriving spot and was called “The Biggest Little Town in Arizona.”

Nestled in the beautiful Verde Valley, and surrounded by Jerome, Clarkdale, Cornville, Camp Verde & Sedona, Cottonwood is also surrounded by majestic and jagged mountains, creeks & rivers and some of the world’s most scenic landscapes. So spectacular in fact that National Geographic has just named us an official geo-tourism hot spot! Visit for more details!

From Tuzigoot National Monument to the Clemenceau Heritage Museum and Dead Horse Ranch State Park, this historic city has it all! Camping & fishing, hiking & biking, horseback riding & kayaking are just a few activities that our residents enjoy doing right in their own backyard because of this fantastic place! What will you discover that you love in Cottonwood?

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Check out the 2018-2019 Cottonwood Visitors Guide

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