Your first stop in Jerome should be the Visitor's Center, which is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. You can pick up brochures here and get tips for enjoying your visit. However, it is staffed by volunteers so it is frequently not open. If it is not open try the Museum on Main Street for tourist information.
Originally on this spot the Grandview Hotel was built in 1895. It wasmade of wood and was the first two-story building in Jerome. In addition to rooms for the guests; it had a dining room and a ballroom. It was destroyed by fire in 1898. It was replaced in 1901 by a large brick building, The Bartlett Hotel. The Bartlett became unstable after the rockslides of the 1930s and 1940s, and was abandoned. Efforts are underway to restore the shops from the lower floor of the building.
You get to Jerome by Alternate Arizona Route 89 (89A). There are something like 157 curves in 18 miles. Going is slow; but the views are spectacular. Jerome itself clings to the side of steep hill. It is considered a "ghost town" even though it has around 250 fulltime residents. Jerome the town, like its residents are unique and interesting. I saw two T-Shirts I liked that indicate the character or Jerome past and present. One was "Women Who Behave Rarely Make History" celebrating "The Cribs" which was the red-light district and "Jerome a Hard-Drinking Biker Town with an Artist Problem". If you are ever in the area, I recommend checking out Jerome, it's worth it. Jerome has a fairly extensive Historic District. They put a lot of time effort and expense into putting up attractive and informative plaques telling about the history of the buildings and the town. They also have a nice museum in town which is definitely worth a visit. The Jerome Historic District was designated a National Historic Landmatk in 1966.
Don't miss the Gold King Mine & Ghost Town. The location of the historic Gold King Mine was originally the site of Haynes, Arizona, which in 1890, was a small suburb of the larger town of Jerome, one mile north. When the Haynes Copper Company dug a 1200-foot-deep shaft in search of copper, they were disappointed at the absence of copper, but miners hit gold instead. The site is now a musuem where visitors can see continuous demonstrations of antique mining equipment and the operation of a turn-of-the-century sawmill daily. Other highlights include walks in an authentic mine shaft, animals to pet and feed, a circa 1901 blacksmith shop, and the world's largest gas engines. The Museum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Facilities include rest rooms and a large parking area. (copied from www.azjerome.com)
This is definitely a place to see. Buy the animal feed and make sure you get a kiss from Pedro! (the donkey) The original buildings of the town are still up (most of them) but many are overgrown and no longer structurally sound, so they are closed off to the public. There are some buildings you can go in and see artifacts from the professionals that used to work in the town.
The mine shaft you get to go in is blocked at about 100 feet, but you go in far enough to scare the young kids!
There are goats and chickens to feed, and lots of "stuff" to see! If you're heading through Jerome, it's definitely somewhere you want to check out! Sometimes, in area hotels and travel books you can find coupons for discounted entrance.
This scenic drive between Prescott and Cottonwood Arizona features some steep declines and hairpin curves. The mountain scenery is very beautiful featuring forest and abandon mines. Those with a tendency to car sickness may not enjoy this route.
"America's most vertical city", Jerome, AZ, is featured in middle of this drive. There are many things to explore and visit in this "ghost" town.
As we spent time in Jerome, we wandered the streets, grabbed lunch at the Mile High Grill and browsed some shops, but we never investigated Jerome Winery. I wish we had because we've sampled wine tastings before and enjoyed them.
Jerome Winery offers 30 different 'uniquely handcrafted' wines and their vintners trained under master winemakers throughout the U.S. and Europe. They offer their own special wines and others from around the world.
The view must be fabulous from their ample patio! We passed it by, but if you travel to Jerome don't make the same mistake.
Hours of operation: Sun.-Thurs. 11 am-6pm; Fri.-Sat. 10am-8pm.
Gold King Mine and Ghost Town is actually a museum where you can see an authentic replica of a mine shaft, an early blacksmith shop and demonstrations of antique mining equipment and a saw mill at work.
There are animals to pet and feed and you'll see the world's largest gas engines.
This was the site of the old Haynes Copper Company, located in what was once known as Haynes, Arizona, a suburb of Jerome. The company had high hopes to mine copper, but discovered gold instead in a shaft 1200 feet deep.
We noticed the sign for the Gold King Mine & Ghost Town as we were parking. We didn't have the time to see it, but from what I've read might be interesting to visit.
Hours are 9am-5pm daily. There are restrooms and large parking lot available.
Jerome is full of Antique shops..The whole town is one big Antique! :-) It also has a TON of unique Art shops. But be careful of just randomly taking pictures, most of the art places wont let you..As a matter of fact I didn't meet one that did. The art is VERY unique and I guess they don't want anyone to steal their ideas.
We were Jerome for only a couple of hours as a detour between Sedona and Phoenix, so we only had enough time to walk around. Because the city is on the side of the mountain, there is a great view of the valleys and desert below it. Also there are serveral interesting stores and art studios in the main area of the city. The highlight of the trip was watching a glass-blower give demonstrations in his outside studio on the edge of the mountain. Try to get there earlier becuase the stores don't stay open late and the twisting road is a little dangerous at night.
The railroad starts in Clarkdale, AZ and stops in Perkinsville, where the locomotive disconnects and moves to the opposite end of the train for the trip back. Along the way you can spot ancient Sinagua indian ruins/cliff dwellings and maybe even see some bald eagles. I recommend paying the extra $20 and buying a first-class ticket. The trip lasts approx. 4 hours.
At the base of Upper Park was this memorial to the lawmen who lost their lives in the line of duty in Jerome.
The nicest park in Jerome is the Upper Park. It is located along a series of steps between Main Street and Clark Street. It has picnic tables, shaded benches and a playground for the kids.
Located between Hull Avenue and Main Street is the Jerome Community Park also known as Middle Park. It has a few picnic tables and places to sit if you are tired from walking the hills of Jerome.
The Jerome City Hall was built in 1899 and expanded in 1926. Today it houses the Jerome Police Department.
The Mile High Grill and Inn was built in 1899 as the Clinksdale Building. I did not eat here, or stay here; but I've heard good things about it. Maybe next trip.