See the World's Largest Kokopelli
Camp Verde was listed in the book about Arizona Curiosities because it is home to the "World's Largest Kokopelli", a 32 foot statue in front of the Krazy Kokopelli Trading Post. The Kokopelli is the Navajo Indian God of Wealth and Fertility and is popular with a number of tribes throughout the Southwest.
Verde Valley's Oldest Settlement
It may be easy to just simply drive past Camp Verde while driving on I-17, but then you would miss the Verde Valley's oldest settlement and a big part of Arizona's history.
Home to Montezuma's Castle, The Out of Africa Wildlife Park, Tuzigoot National Monument, Fort Verde State Historic Park and an easy drive to many more of North Central Arizona's attractions.
"Verde Valley Rock Squirrel"
Reaching for his Mesquite Bean
Our friend, the squirrel,munching on his mesquite bean.
Basaic Camp Verde Page
"See Montezuma's Castle National Monument"
Montezuma's Castle (which is misnamed because it is not believed Montezuma ever traveled this far) is one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. The castle consists of 20 rooms and is built into the side of a towering limestone cliff. It was built around 1000 years ago by the Sinagua Indians. It is a classic example of the last phase of southern Sinagua occupation of the Verde Valley. On December 8, 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt declared four sites, including Montezuma's Castle, of historic and cultural significance as our nation's first National Monuments.
"Fort Verde State Historic Park"
Another attraction near Camp Verde is the Fort Verde State Historic Park. Fort Verde is a good example of the forts built throughout Arizona and was constructed in 1865. This location was first named Camp Lincoln, the Camp Verde and finally Fort Verde. Fort Verde was the primary base for General George Crook’s U.S. Army scouts and soldiers, and was "milepost 0" in the General Crook Trail, a supply trail connecting Fort Whipple, Fort Verde, and Fort Apache. Today Fort Verde has three of the five original buildings still remaining. There are recreations of the interior rooms in these buildings along with a nice museum in the Visitor's Center.
"Camp Verde the Town"
Camp Verde was listed in the book about Arizona Curiosities because it is home to the "World's Largest Kokopelli", a 32 foot statue in front of the Krazy Kokopelli Trading Post.