Stroll the streets of Arizona's first "planned community" in the heart of the Verde Valley, only 10 minutes from Jerome and 30 minutes from Sedona.
Designed and built by Senator William Andrews Clark, Clarkdale was founded as a modern copper-smelting company town for the employees of the mines in Jerome and their families. Ahead of its time, Clarkdale boasted underground utilities, sewers, paved streets, stylish homes and a thriving commercial center.
Clarkdale's original homes still stand today, most of which are lovingly restored or rejuvenated. Experience beautiful Town Park with its iconic gazebo, the focal point for family-friendly free events and concerts throughout the year. Some events even spill onto Main Street where residents and visitors alike enjoy a fun time hosted by the Clarkdale Downtown Business Alliance and others.
Hop aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad for the longest running nature show along the Verde River. Spot bald eagles and enjoy an array of special events onboard throughout the year. Experience the Arizona Copper Art Museum housed in the restored Clarkdale High School with its dazzling array of thousands of gorgeous copper artifacts (some of which you can touch). Float the Verde River with experienced local river outfitters and enjoy unspoiled riparian areas adjacent to the Audubon Important Birding Area in Tavasci Marsh. Dance the night away every weekend to live music. Explore the Tuzigoot National Monument featuring the ruins of an ancient Sinagua Indian pueblo. Savor local terroir at Clarkdale's wineries, the Chateau Tumbleweed tasting room and winery or the Southwest Wine Center in the heart of Yavapai College's Verde Campus in Clarkdale.