As we find ourselves at home in Camp Verde, we ask ourselves: Where do locals attend church? Where do they work? What restaurants do they frequent? What do they do for entertainment?….. and so on….
Camp Verde sits in a valley north of Phoenix and south of Flagstaff. The elevation is about 2000 feet higher than Phoenix, and about 3000 feet lower than Flagstaff. Arid climate, semi-desert, rolling hills, a few mountains, mesas, more trees, and fewer saguaro cacti make up the scene.
Our campground (Zane Grey RV Park) is dominated by huge sycamore trees, a few cottonwoods scattered about, and a nice wandering creek. It is a quiet RV Park, very clean and tidy, and is a popular stopping point for overnighters and sightseers. There are numerous tourist attractions nearby, making the park a good base camp.
The town of Camp Verde is a few miles to our northwest sitting along I-17. Flagstaff is about 60 miles north on I-17. Sedona, Prescott, and Cottonwood are within easy drives of Camp Verde.
Our first “drive-about” was to Flagstaff and the Arizona Snowbowl ski area, just to get the lay of the land. Here are a few photos of Flagstaff and the surrounding area. We hope to have more details later as we explore further.
Flagstaff Railroad Depot – Now the Visitors Center
A section of Route 66 preserved
Still open weekends through April
Old skis make your fence stand out
Our next adventure was to Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well, both within a few miles of home. Cliff dwellings and a deep spring fed well are the predominate features. The beautiful spring fed Montezuma Well supplied water for the native cliff dwellers as far back as 1050 ad
A Quick Drive through Sedona
promises many things to see and do. A good long day trip to Sedona is next on our list. Our drive through, late in the day, revealed some interesting shops, great looking restaurants, and surrounding mountain outcroppings that are amazing. The town sits among high red rock peaks in an interesting canyon that we hope will give us some great photos.