Verde Village is in the Verde Valley adjacent to the city

of Cottonwood. It is 1,200 square miles in area, at an elevation of

3,300 feet, and is 101 miles north of Phoenix. Due to the mild climate

Verde Valley has become a haven for retirees and recreation

seekers. Verde Village was developed in 1970 and is unincorporated.

 

Because a majority (two-thirds) of the residents in Verde Village are

retired, much of the residents' income is in the form of Social

Security payments, private retirement benefits, stock dividends and

savings. Some of the retirees were corporate executives and are

retained as consultants by their former employers or other companies.

Construction is a major income source for Verde Village. The

steady increase in population in the Verde Valley has resulted in a

demand for new housing. The cement plant in Clarkdale and the

commercial trade in the area also provide employment for local residents.

There is some retail trade and service employment with most

businesses being proprietor-owned and operated.

 

The varied scenic, historic and recreational areas of north-central

Arizona (Verde Valley) are easily accessible from Verde Village.

Jerome, four miles northwest, was once the site of the nation's richest

copper mine. In 1920, Jerome had a population of 15,000 which

dwindled as the ore deposits were exhausted until it became a

ghost town. Today, it is a thriving artist colony and tourist attraction.

The Jerome Historical Society operates an exceptional mine

museum on Main Street, and the State Parks Board operates a State

Park in the community.

 

The 42-acre Tuzigoot National Monument, two miles northeast

of Verde Village, houses three large Indian Pueblos containing more

than 100 rooms that were occupied from the 12th to the 14th centuries.

Additional Indian dwellings can be seen at Montezuma

Castle National Monument near Camp Verde. These ancient Indian

structures are among the best preserved in the nation. The five-story,

20-room apartment is perched high in a limestone cliff. This

dwelling was constructed around 1050 A.D. and abandoned in

1450. The Montezuma Well, part of the National Monument, is a

natural limestone sink 470 feet in diameter and 125 feet deep. The

Indians diverted water from this into irrigation ditches for their

farmlands below.

 

Oak Creek Canyon is one of Arizona's most beautiful, scenic

drives. It lies on the northern edge of the valley and is reached via

U.S. Highway 89A through Sedona. Sedona is widely known for the

the beauty of its red rock formations and its reputation as one of

Arizona's foremost artist colonies. State Highway 89A follows Oak

Creek through this beautiful canyon to Flagstaff. Red, yellow and

white rock form the canyon walls, while trees in the canyon provide

one of Arizona's most beautiful fall foliage displays.