Cottonwood is in Northern Arizona. It is in Yavapai County. Cottonwood is in the center of the Verde Valley. The Verde River flows through the town. The town is bordered on the south, east and west by high mountains and on the north by mesas and buttes. The town is located on State Highway 89A between Prescott and Sedona. You can get to Cottonwood from Phoenix or Tucson by taking Interstate 10 north out of town. When you reach the town of Camp Verde take exit 287. Then take State Highway 260, west out of Camp Verde. You will end up at Cottonwood. It is were State Highway 260 and State Highway 89A meet. The town is approximately 100 miles from Phoenix. If you are coming from Flagstaff, take 89A northwest out of town. Follow the highway through Sedona and on into Cottonwood. Cottonwood is approximately 50 miles from Flagstaff.
Cottonwood is an ideal place to base your travels to terrific attractions and outdoor spots. It is a small town that began as a farming town. Today Cottonwood has a population of 5,900. The town sits at an elevation of 3,314 feet. The climate is mild all year round. The low temperature in the winter is 30 degrees and the high temperature in the summer is 97 degrees. Cottonwood receives approximately 11 inches of rain a year and 4 inches of snow. Cottonwood is a trading center for the Verde Valley. There are numerous services and manufacturing facilities in town, along with a quaint Historic Old Town area. It is a pleasant, quiet little community serving a rich agricultural, livestock and mining district.
There are some terrific attractions near Cottonwood. The Verde Canyon Railroad is a wonderful experience. Visitors will travel down the railroad lines viewing scenic spots and wildlife. This is a very popular attraction. Tuzigoot National Monument is an old Indian dwelling. There are two hiking trails that give visitors an up close look at the culture from long ago. The Clemenceau Heritage Museum is a neat place to visit to see a room of working model trains and to discover more about the Verde Valley’s past.
Cottonwood has so many outdoor activities. Dead Horse Ranch State Park is so close to town. This park has a variety of things to offer its visitors. The park has camping, picnicking, fishing and horseback riding. The Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Area is a 26-mile canyon perfect for hiking. This canyon is one of the most breathtaking spots in the area.
Old Time Fiddlers’ Association Campout and Steak Fry March
Annual Gem and Mineral Show
Verde Mingus Blow-out 10K run April
Annual Antique Auto, Cycle and Aeroplane Show May
Cinco de Mayo Sizzlin’ Salsa Sunday
Verde Valley Fair
Fiesta de Mayo Softball Classic
Fourth of July Celebration July