Jerome is in Northern Arizona. It is in Yavapai County. It is located overlooking Verde Valley in the Mingus Mountains on top of Cleopatra Hill in the Prescott National Forest. You can get there from Phoenix or Tucson by taking Interstate 17 north out of town. Continue up to the town of Camp Verde where you will exit and head west on State Highway 260. Then travel along on State Highway 260 to Cottonwood. Once you cross State Highway 89A, take State Highway 89A west and follow it up to Jerome. If you are coming from Flagstaff take State Highway 89A southwest out of town and travel through Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona and on up into Jerome.
Jerome is a unique town to learn about mining and to take in its small town charm. It is a town that began as a mining town. Today Jerome’s population is 400. The town sits at an elevation of 5,435 feet. It has a moderate climate. The low temperature in the winter is 30 degrees and the high temperature in the summer is 97 degrees. Jerome is an interesting town, in that it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1967. Its homes and streets cling precariously to the sides of Mingus Mountain. You will find picturesque vistas, which attract both artists and photographers. The town became deserted after the mining stopped, but today it is making a comeback with tourism. Antique, craft and gift shops line the streets. There are also art galleries and boutiques.
There are some terrific attractions near Jerome. The Jerome State Historic Park is a great place to stop and sample what life was life for the famous copper baron, James Douglas. The Jerome Historical Society Mine Museum has a photo collection worth stopping in to take a look. The Gold King Mine and Ghost Town is a quaint place to browse through antique machinery. The kids will love the petting zoo. 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. This national monument gives visitors an opportunity to see the ancient culture up close through several hiking trails.
Jerome 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. You may go camping, horseback riding or even fishing. 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.