Hotels in North Central Arizona
Admire The Red Rock Landscape Of North Central Arizona
North Central Arizona is best known for fascinating red rock formations and its Wild West past as a mining area. Prescott’s Whiskey Row once boasted 40 saloons catering to the miners that migrated west in search of gold, copper and other minerals. Sedona’s natural beauty has long attracted tourists, artists and photographers seeking to capture the breathtaking beauty of the landscape. Whether you want to hike, pamper yourself at a spa, or browse art galleries, the area has something for everyone. You’ll find a wide variety of activities. Explore pre-Columbian Sinaguan sites and historic forts. Take a train excursion winding through the Verde River Canyon, or enjoy a tour of a copper mine.
The Old Town Cottonwood District features exhibits on the mining era along with quaint shops selling art, jewelry, antiques and pottery. Golfers are rewarded with highly rated links and stunning views at golf courses in Sedona, Oak Creek, Lake Montezuma and Cottonwood. Take an aerial tour of the Red Rocks by helicopter, shop for gemstones, get your aura analyzed, or enjoy a stargazing excursion under pitch-black skies. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll go home with fond memories of your trip to North Central Arizona.
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Top Things to Do
Slide Rock State Park in Oak Creek Canyon features a 30-ft. natural water slide carved out of natural rocks. Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village is a popular shopping area in Sedona. Browse the shops for Southwestern art, jewelry, apparel and glasswork. History buffs won’t want to miss Turzigoot National Monument, an ancient pueblo site situated on a desert hilltop. Nearby Montezuma Castle National Monument is one of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in North America.
Road-Trips and Tours
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR-179) offers a pleasant drive through Sedona’s Red Rock Country. Known as the “museum without walls,” the 7.5-mile highway is 31 miles from Flagstaff. Hop on the Verde Canyon Railroad for a different view of the landscape. Board the train in Sedona and enjoy 20 miles of spectacular scenery. Don’t miss a side trip to Jerome. The former mining camp now bustles with artist studios, fun shops and eateries.
Parks & Recreation
Red Rock State Park features green meadows perfect for hiking, picnicking, and bird watching. Dead Horse Ranch State Park and the Mingus Mountain Downhill are popular with mountain bikers. Visit Jerome State Historic Park for a tour of the Douglas mansion and exhibits on the area’s mining history. Fort Verde State Historic Park features three historic homes, a fort and exhibits on military life, the Indian Wars and Arizona’s development.