Cottonwood Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Dead Horse Ranch Park
    Dead Horse Ranch Park
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  • Tuzigoot National Monument
    Tuzigoot National Monument
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Cottonwood Things to Do

  • The Old Jail

    The Old County Jail was built in 1929 due to the rising crime rate from the manufacture and sale of bootleg whiskey in Cottonwood. It continued to serve as the county jail until 1960 then as the city jail until 1970. Currently it is the Visitor's Center and the trailhead for a trail that leads to the Verde River then Dead Horse Ranch State Park.

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  • Tuzigoot National Monument

    Tuzigoot is Apache for crooked water. They were a prehistoric people called the Sinagua who built these pueblos and lived in them from around 1125 and 1400 CE. They benefitted from farming, good source of water, and trade. They were accomplished in sculpting stones and jewelry making. Many wonderful pieces have been discovered from excavation. This...

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  • See the Historic Cottonwood Hotel

    The Hotel Cottonwood was built in 1922 and is the oldest hotel in Cottonwood still standing. It still functions as a hotel, is in the heart of the Old Town, and specializes in extended stays with weekly and monthly rates. It is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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  • See Dead Horse Ranch State Park

    Dead Horse Ranch State Park is one of the best places in the area for camping, fishing, hiking and horseriding. It got its name when the Irey Family were looking for a ranch to buy in Arizona. They had seen quite a few possible ranches to buy, one of which had a dead horse by the road. When asked which ranch they wanted to buy the kids said "the...

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  • See Tuzigoot National Monument

    Tuzigoot National Monument consists of the remains of a Southern Sinagua Pueblo built around the mid-1100s. It first consisted of a cluster of small rooms housing about 50 people and expanded until it peaked in the early 1300s with about 200 inhabitants. Tuzigoot has a nice, easy, interpretive trail around the ruins and a nice museum. Tuzigoot is...

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  • AZ Wall Mural

    Located right off main street on the Stop Cafe is a beautiful mural depicting some of Cottonwoods wonderful history.

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  • Old Town Cottonwood

    Several families moved into this section of the Verde Valley in the mid 1800s. In 1877 a team of surveyors came to the area and reported several faring families living here. They called the settlement "Cottonwood" after the plentiful Cottonwood Trees along the Verde River. In 1917 the downtown area of Cottonwood formed. Most people living here at...

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  • Dead Horse Ranch State Park

    Peaceful place to camp, hike or fish. We camped here for the weekend and enjoyed beautiful sunsets and a peaceful time fishing.

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  • The Old Town Jail

    This was a neat find while we strolled down the street. This building was once a jail built in 1929. It probably housed many wooley cowboys or miners after a long night of gambling and boozing it up...woo hoo! Now it houses The Old Town Association’s Visitor Center. It has the original two metal-enclosed cells that kept bad guys quiet “sardine...

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Cottonwood Hotels

  • Pines Motel

    920 S Camino Real, Cottonwood, Arizona, 86326, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Little Daisy Motel

    34 South Main Street, Cottonwood, Arizona, 86326, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • View Motel

    818 South Main Street, Cottonwood, Arizona, 86326, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

Cottonwood Restaurants

  • Food, Art and Photographs

    I noticed another restaurant that looked like it could be interesting; but I did not stop there. There is a restaurant called the F Stop Restaurant & Gallery which offers food, art and photographs, so if you want to look at some art while you eat it may be a good alternative. Nice mural on the wall.

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  • Nice Bar and Grill

    The Tavern Grille is owned by the same guy that owns Nic's. The decor is a bit more like a bar and grill and not so dark and intimate. The center of the room is dominated by a large bar. They have plasma TVs for watching sports. I did not eat here so I cannot tell you about the menu but it is on their website. The waitstaff was professional; but...

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  • Great Italian Food

    The decor in Nic's is dark wood, brick and dark red leather. Lighting is dim and intimate. The food was well prepared and the portions were good. Service was professional; but a little impersonal. If you are looking for really good food and are willing to pay for it give it a try. Nic's also has a bar inside; but if you want to have a few drinks...

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Cottonwood Nightlife

  • Decent Sports/Singles Bar

    Kactus Kates advertises food, fun and spirits. Another sign outside mentioned karaoke with a DJ named Sexy Rexy. Inside you find a pool table, darts, a small dance floor, and several TVs for watching sports. I was there on a Monday and they were prepping for a Monday Night Football Special/Happy Hour. I saw at least a couple of people "hook up", so...

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  • Restaurants With Bars in Old Town

    Two of the restaurants I mentioned on this travel page have bars too. Nic's appears to have the bar mostly to cater to dinner guests. The Tavern Grille had some patrons there just to drink and watch the sports on TV. If you are just looking for a bar; look at the next tip. Most of the patrons at Nic's were fairly well dressed but they let me in...

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Cottonwood Shopping

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    by Yaqui Updated Jan 17, 2008

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    Myself and the hubby about busted a gut when we spotted this store. I had to practically take a second look. It was very busy that day and was actually surprise with the merchandise they had available. Lots of different items. So if your traveling by, stop and check it out!

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Cottonwood Favorites

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo

    by Yaqui Updated Jan 17, 2008

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    Favorite thing: This is a great place to shop for Antiques and get some tourist information. Lovely shop with loads to explore and look at. It is even right next door to Willys Burgers & Shakes.

    796 N. Main St. Cottonwood AZ 86326
    (928) 639-1822

    It is located off of Interstate 89 South from Sedona. Head south and exit when you see the sign for Old Town which intersects onto Highway 260 that heads west.

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