ARIZONA SIDE TRIPS- Camp Verde, Cottonwood, Jerome,Sedona and Phoenix


We make our home base for a week about an hour south of Flagstaff off I-17 in the town of Camp Verde at the Distant Drum RV park. It is a Passport America park, but only for daily rate not weekly. So we pay $239.00 for a week taxes included for FHU, Wifi, cable and level concrete pads. The Wifi is terrible here. It is now October 13th and their pool is still open. Also have a nice dog run, laundry facilities. There is a casino just down the road. Beside terrible Wifi, would definitely stay here again.

Sunsets were beautiful from campground.DSCN7764

Our first full day we head 6 miles to Montezuma’s Castle. It is $10.00 per person or free with America the Beautiful pass.DSCN7698

From here we head to downtown Camp Verde where a festival is underway. We walk around and stop at a few shops. Nothing special. We head few miles away to the White Hills to do some off-roading in the jeep.

This was a lot of fun.

Sunday we head out to the town of Cottonwood about 1/2 from Camp Verde to their Old Town. It has some nice shops and restaurants. We continue on Historic 89A to the ghost town of Jerome. It is way up on the hills with beautiful views.DSCN7732

Jerome is a historic copper mining town from the early 1900’s. At one time there were 50,000 people here and once the ore deposits ran out and the mines closed it became a ghost town with a population of under 100. Today’s population is about 500, with many cool shops, restaurants, and galleries. It is worth a stop.very cool town.

Tomorrow is suppose to be 97 degrees so it will be a pool day ๐ŸŒด.

The next 3 days we find ourselves driving the 1/2 hour to Sedona,

because there is so much to do and it’s so beautiful.

Every turn is another stunning rock formation and at different times of day, they look different and are gorgeous.DSCN7948

If you like to hike, DSCN7969
off road, bike, spa and wellness you would love Sedona.DSCN7893


It is one of our new favorite places.DSCN7935
A Red Rock pass is required for many areas and trails, or we used our America the Beautiful Pass. There are a few though that the pass doesn’t work and require a fee, such as Slide Rock and other swimming holes.

In our time in Sedona we saw or did the following:
HIghway 179, the Red Rock Scenic Byway, 7.5 miles.DSCN7914
We hiked or viewed Red Rock, Coffeepot Rock, Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock,
Chapel of the Holy Rock,DSCN7774

Courthouse Butte, Chimney Rock, Fay Canyon

VIllage of Oak Creek, shops,

DSCN7778restaurants and Tiaquepaque Arts and Cratfs Village
Historic 89A ,winding drive between Sedona and Flagstaff.DSCN7853

We went as far as Oak Creek Vista for breathtaking views and some fall foliage colors.DSCN7836
Fun day was off roading on Schnebly Hill Road.

The views at the end are suppose to be great but we didn’t even make it to the end. The road was so bumpy and rocky.
In 2 days we hiked close to 7 miles on the combined Baldwin Trail/Templeton Trail/Cathedral Rock trail which takes you to beautiful views.DSCN7980

The last of this combined trail is exhausting and you have to climb high.

Next day we tried the Fay Canyon trailDSCN8072

which was easy flat trail till the end, you climb to get spectacular views.DSCN8089

Hey Jaxson, this rock looks like a dinosaur.
The sunsets in this area are fantastic ๐ŸŒ….

Off to Black Canyon City ,only an hour south from Camp Verde.
We stay at Black Canyon Ranch RV, for 3 nights and use our Passport America. The first night was $22.50, 2nd and 3rd night was $27.50, taxes included. We had FHU,
Dog run, heated pool which was very nice.

Our arrival day we drive just a few miles to Rock Springs Cafe, known to have the best pie in Arizona. Bob had pecan and I had blueberry, both were delicious. They also have a restaurant, shops and gas station. Also a spot for RV parking.

Saturday we head to Glendale (suburb of Phoenix) to watch our favorite team the
Chicago Blackhawks. GO HAWKS. The Phoenix Coyotes have a very nice stadium, and great outdoor entertainment area with bars and restaurants.
Yeah, HAWKS WIN. ๐Ÿ’IMG_4103


Sunday Bob hangs at camp while I meet my bestie childhood friendIMG_5931

whom I haven’t seen in 25 years and her beautiful daughter.DSCN8098

It was like we were never apart, we could have talked forever. It was one of my greatest days on our trip.

Monday we have one of our longer days of driving, about 4 1/2 hours to Page , AZ.


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  1. Oh my gosh, great sites you saw on this leg of your trip. I really liked Jerome as well, such a need old mining town up on the hill, loved Montezuma castle, the Sinagua people were amazing engineers and thinkers to build their homes in the cliffs where they were safe from enemies, flooding, animals, etc. To build and use what they had from and off the land is very intriguing to me. Reading your thoughts on Sedona was a lot like mind, something new and breathtaking at every turn and bend in the road. Loved, Loved Sedona. I would have loved to hike and got out on the trails and nature……I have bad knees so hiking is pretty hard on me and I travel by myself most of the time so getting off the beaten path on my own I am a little leary in case something were to happen. I did go to the church up in the rocks, it was very awesome and interesting, great view. I stopped off at slide rock…..loved it there. So fun to sit at the river’s edge and put my feet in the water. I was there in February of 2016 weather was gorgeous and warm. I took my swimming suit thinking I might go swimming but that water was too cold. I could not leave my feet in very long before they were starting to go numb. There were a couple of crazy young teenage boys who braved the cold water and jumped in and slid down the slide….that was fun to watch. One of the great things of AZ is that the temperatures are great in the winter. Awesome you got to see your beastie in Phoenix……beasties are the best!


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