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What you should know about Cottonwood

As a town that rose to notoriety as a bootleggers' paradise back in the Prohibition days, there's more than a touch of the Wild West to Cottonwood. Tales of hidden stills, concealed speakeasies, and tunnels under Main Street still roll around this small settlement on the banks of the Verde River. Nowadays, the call of the wild also defines Cottonwood—hiking, biking, and horseback trekking are all popular in the surrounding hills and red-stone canyons.

Hotels in Cottonwood


The best-placed hotels in Cottonwood for soaking up its distinctive atmosphere lie along Main Street, in the north of town. The hotels here are small, history-steeped, and close to the town's historic attractions. The Iron Horse Inn is noted for its splendid courtyard, while the Tavern Hotel has been praised for its service and imaginative styling. Great Cottonwood hotel deals can be found further south, along South Main Street. This area hosts a number of motels and brand-name hotels. A real stand-out choice for accommodation in Cottonwood is the Desert Rose B&B, which has recently received excellent reviews for its comfort and tranquility.

Things to see in Cottonwood


The Historic Old Town, with its covered walkways, art galleries, and old-time stores, is a must-see for any visitor to Cottonwood. But for a more in-depth look at times gone by, head to the Clemenceau Heritage Museum, a block or so away. As well as showcasing the early 20th-century interiors of the homes of miners, ranchers, and farmers of the Verde Valley, you can see a restored Bank and Post Office from 1918. The Deadhorse Ranch State Park lies just over the river from Old Town. Here you can explore the natural splendor of the Verde Valley or try your hand at mountain biking, horseback riding, or canoeing on its lakes. Further up the valley is the Tuzigoot National Monument, where a centuries-old pueblo, built by the Sinagua people, is preserved. This ancient site boasts 110 rooms, rock carvings, and events celebrating Native American culture.

Good for explorers


With its fascinating history, intriguing stories, and beautiful landscape, Cottonwood is a town ready-made for those keen to wander, explore, and learn more about the West. Stay in the Old Town if you're curious about tales of bootleggers, miners, or visiting gangsters. Or you could use the town as an inexpensive base for touring the wider Verde Valley area, home to mines and ranches, pueblos and spectacular sandstone spires. The adventurous will enjoy their stay here too—Cottonwood offers a chance to try all manner of thrilling activities on river, ranch, and mountain.

How to get to Cottonwood


Phoenix is the nearest big city to Cottonwood, so if you're flying in, you'll want to land at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. You'll need a hire car for the 100-mile drive north along the I-17. Then, take a left at exit 287 then follow the AZ-260 all the way to Cottonwood. If you're driving from Albuquerque or Las Vegas, you'll come in via the I-40, before heading into Cottonwood on the AZ-260. The historic sights can all be reached on foot, but most travel in Cottonwood and around the wider Verde Valley will require a car.

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