Camp Verde Travel Guide

  • Visitors center
    Visitors center
    by Africancrab
  • My husband reading information at the visitor cent
    My husband reading information at the...
    by Africancrab
  • Things to Do
    by Africancrab

Camp Verde Things to Do

  • Montezuma's Castle

    Nestled in the historical and old limestone recess high above the flood plain of Beaver Creek in the Verde Valley, stands one of the best preserved and most easily accessible cliff ruins in North America. The five story, twenty room Montezuma Castle cliff dwelling served as a "high-rise apartment building" many years before. Early explorers and...

    more
  • Verde Hot Springs

    Visiting the Verde Hot Springs was one of my favorite Weekend Getaways in Arizona. It is one of the easiest accessed hot springs in Arizona and is near the Verde Campground where I camped for 2 nights. They are located about midway between Payson and Camp Verde, but more on the Camp Verde side, thus the name ‘Verde Hot Springs. Because of its...

    more
  • Montezuma's Well

    This was believed to be the source of water supply for the Castle. Located below the castle grounds it is easily seen and accessible. The history is much more than what one sees, it is a testament to the ingenuity of the people who lived hundreds of years ago.Half of the well is filled with spring water. Its size is a little is a little unusual and...

    more
  • Montezuma's Castle

    Nestled in the historical and old limestone recess high above the flood plain of Beaver Creek in the Verde Valley, stands one of the best preserved and most easily accessible cliff ruins in North America. The five story, twenty room Montezuma Castle cliff dwelling served as a "high-rise apartment building" many years before. Early explorers and...

    more
  • More scenery along upper Clear Creek.

    Beautiful and varied vistas along the upper creek, which extends WAY further than I wanted to explore.

    more
  • Have a picnic

    There are a few picnic tables inside the park. The town of Camp Verde is nearby in case you have forgotten some of your picnicking needs.

    more
  • Reality VS Hollywood

    Hollywood shows us forts in the old west with large wooden poles surrounding the fort and John Wayne shooting from the top of the walls. In reality the forts were frequently placed in very desolate places where there are not enough trees to build such a wall. They were unnecessary anyway. The local tribes almost never attacked a fort because they...

    more
  • Doctor's Quarters

    The last surviving building is the Doctor's Quarters. Duty in the west during the late 1800s was very hazardous, and the doctor was an important member of the unit. Unfortunately, the pay of $123 a month, while much more than the soldiers made was very low for a doctor so most of the doctors working for the army were not very good. Photo 1 shows...

    more
  • Bachelor Officer's Quarters

    The next building is the Bachelor Officer's Quarters. The Married Officer's Quarters and the barracks for the enlisted soldiers are no longer standing. Photo 1 shows the outside of the building; Photos 2 and 3 show a typical room; Photo 4 shows some typical equipment from the period assembled on a soldier's bunk; Photo 5 is looking towards the...

    more
  • Commanding Officer's Quarters

    The first building you see is the Commanding Officer's Quarters. Photo 1 shows the exterior of the building; Photo 2 and 3 show the master bedroom; the wife would bathe here, the men and children bathed in the kitchen; Photo 4 shows the parlor where the family would gather in the evening and where they would entertain guests; Photo 5 shows a...

    more
  • Parade Field

    As you cross the street from the Visitor's Center toward the remains of Fort Verde, you will see a large open area in front of the buildings. This is the parade field where the soldiers would assemble before missions and where they would conduct drills and ceremonies.

    more
  • Museum

    Within the Visitor's Center is the museum. The museum has several nice displays showing the soldiers and their lives here at Fort Verde. There are also some displays about the civilians that lived on the fort and the nearby town. Photo 1 shows a recreation of the Commander's Office; Photo 2 shows the saddles used by the soldiers; Photo 3 shows the...

    more
  • See 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. Your...

    more
  • 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.

    more
  • Tuzigoot National Monument

    the remnants of one of the largest pueblos built by the Sinagua. Tuzigoot, an Apache word meaning "crooked water," was built between 1100 and 1450 AD and consisted of two stories and 110 rooms. This structure, along with others whose ruins have been found in the surrounding area, provided shelter for hundreds of Sinagua occupants. There really is...

    more
  • Montezuma's Castle-Glimpse into...

    Montezuma's Castle is a must see if you enjoy history or archaeology. Early discoverers believed that Aztecs built this castle for Montezuma, it was later learned that he was never this far north and in reality it is the most visibly well preserved Sinagua complex in Arizona. Sinagua is spanish for "without water" The Sinagua's were farmers. They...

    more
  • Visit Montezuma's Castle

    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...

    more
  • A Must See! Out of Africa Wildlife Park

    Of course, we went to this because I absolutely love cats, which is really what this park is all about-the big cats!We went when this was still located east of Scottsdale, it is now up in Camp Verde, AZThe park is unlike a zoo in that it is much more interactive, you can often feed the tigers, hold a baby lion cub, watch caretakers as they interact...

    more
  • Step back in Time

    Montezuma Castle National Monument encompasses 826 acres. Montezuma's castle, in the Camp Verde Valley, is a five-level, 20 room cliff dwelling nestled into a limestone recess high above Beaver Creek. It served as a "high-rise apartment building" for prehistoric Sinagua Indians over 600 years ago. It is one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in...

    more
  • Montezuma castle

    It's not a castle and Montezuma was never here. Nestled into a limestone recess high above the flood plain of Beaver Creek in the Verde Valley stands one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. The five-story, 20-room cliff dwelling served as a "high-rise apartment building" for prehistoric Sinagua Indians over 600 years ago. Early...

    more
  • Montezuma Castle

    Montezuma Castle National Monument is an interesting example of 'Indian' architecture in the southwest. Most Europeans think all indians lived in tents and roamed the prairies hunting for buffalo. Montezuma castle dates from the twelfth century and was built by the Sinagua indians.The castle has twenty rooms in five stories. It was built in the...

    more

Camp Verde Hotels

Camp Verde Shopping

  • razorbacker's Profile Photo
    Outside patio. 4 more images

    by razorbacker Written Jul 29, 2009

    All kinds of local items, including by local craftsmen. Fun, funky, and wide variety of gifts, gewgaws and kitsch.

    What to buy: I like to get incense there. Really like the "Fresh Rain" and "Havana Blue." They smell really good. But we always get some other things. I bought a balsa wood owl there for Mick Smith, family friend and owl collector. (Mildred's Tax service, Emma Street, Springdale, Ark.) I - and probably YOU - could spend hours in there just looking around.

    What to pay: How much you got?

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Family Travel
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

    more

Camp Verde Warnings and Dangers

  • heitzenrater's Profile Photo
    when animals attack

    by heitzenrater Updated Jun 6, 2005

    So i was attacked by a squirl. They are not scared to come right up to you, and get in your face. They are used to being fed by people. They may have rabbies?

    IF YOU LIKE MY POST PLEASE GIVE POSITIVE FEEDBACK, THANKS.

    Was this review helpful?

    more

Instant Answers: Camp Verde

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

61 travelers online now

Comments

 
Explore Deeper into Camp Verde
Montezuma's Well
Things to Do
Map of Camp Verde

View all Camp Verde hotels