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Beautiful Scenery along the way
Bikers roaring through!
In a nutshell
Well worth a visit if combined with Sedona and the Grand Canyon.
transient_wanderer Says: There is not much of a 'night life' in Jerome. Since there are only 300-500 residents of Jerome, the majority of the town is catered to visitors, and the majority of visitors are there during the day. The only place where I noticed any people hanging out after dinner was at...
If it's your first time to Jerome, I don't recommend getting there after dark. You have to go around lots of curves on your way up the mountain, and if you can't see anything, there is nothing preventing you from driving off the side.
Once you're in Jerome and settled, it's best to just walk to wherever you're going. Nothing is that far away.
Written Oct 8, 2004
Jerome, Arizona is NOT, I repeat NOT suitable for people who are even slightly afraid of heights.
I've been from one end of Arizona to the other and one thing that freaks me out everytime is the astonishing lack of GUARD RAILS on the windy, mountainous road! If you were driving and were to hiccup, sneeze, or take your eyes away from the road for even an instant - you could find yourself hurdling over a cliff.
The twists and turns going into and out of Jerome (approx. elevation level of 7,000 feet) are plentiful and quick. There is rarely a place to pull over on the road if you have to pee, change a flat, etc. So come prepared. We never had the opportunity to walk the streets - but it does look like a kick-butt place to visit with little gift shops and such.
If going, definately travel during daylight only. See how dark it is in my picture? See the white fuzzy haze in the mountains? That's not fog - those are clouds! Yes, Jerome is up that high... plus, just because this is Arizona - don't forget northern Arizona does get snow. This picture was taken January 28th, 2005 at approx. 4pm... gets dark quick and you don't want to drive on these roads in those conditions.
And lastly, I say this with some humor and with some seriousness - who's bright idea was it to build houses on stilts into a 30' angle into the mountain? Are you nuts? lol... Visit Jerome and judge for yourself if you would park your car on stilts made of not much more than twigs 7000 feet up! Happy traveling!
Updated Feb 6, 2005
As we drove from Sedona to Phoenix, we took a sidetrip to Jerome, Arizona and through the lush Verde Valley. This area is about 90 miles from Phoenix and about 50 miles from Flagstaff.
The Verde River cuts through the valley and a sightseeing train allows one to view it's secrets by rail. You'll find national forests, where hiking, camping and fishing are popular pastimes.
The view of the Verde Valley from atop Cleopatra Mountain was breathtaking! The town of Jerome crowns its heights. To see Verde Valley, you can reach it easily off I-17.
Updated May 22, 2007