Top 10 Things to do in Camp Verde, United States

March 26, 2018 Jeremy Dunfee

Camp Verde (Yavapai: ʼMatthi:wa; Western Apache: Gambúdih) is a town in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population of the town is 10,873.
Restaurants in Camp Verde

1. Out of Africa Wildlife Park

3505 West State Route 260, Camp Verde, AZ 86322 +1 928-567-2840
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Out of Africa Wildlife Park

Located in the heart of the Verde Valley, the mission of Out of Africa Wildlife Park is to create the ultimate animal adventure for all ages, one steeped in fun, immersed in learning, and inspired by a living and colorful world of astonishing wildlife. We strive to foster an appreciation of our planet's wild areas and wondrous inhabitants by supporting and promoting conservation awareness and action, practicing exemplary animal care, providing education and learning experiences, and establishing broad community support, through a peaceful and interactive relationship with our animal friends, who touch our hearts.

Reviewed By Dollarwise - Beached in San Fernando

This is one great place to stop. Go during your Birthday month and you are free. Yes, there are fences, but it really does feel like Africa with roaming animals so close you could touch them. The various shows are not just animals doing tricks. They are animal keepers who love those animals, helping them to show off what makes them unique. The keepers want you to understand just how special each animal is. What a delightful day. Plan on spending at least 4 hours. Take the various tours and then spend some quality time alone with you favorites. They also have great zip lining, but if you love the animal show you won’t waste the time. Loved it.

2. Fort Verde State Historic Park

125 E Hollamon St, Camp Verde, AZ 86322-7100 +1 928-567-3275
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4.5 based on 300 reviews

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Winner of the 2015 Arizona Governor's Heritage Preservation Honor Award. Fort Verde is one of the best preserved examples of an Indian Wars period fort in Arizona. This original Military Headquarters is now a museum which contains artifacts, photos, videos, and interpretive exhibits focused on the history and lives of those who lived and served at Fort Verde: soldiers, Indian Scouts, settlers, doctors, and Native Americans. Three of the original homes along Officer's Row are still remaining and furnished with period artifacts.

Reviewed By Rimrock52 - Crittenden, Kentucky

I am fascinated with western history and especially the period during the Indian wars in early Arizona. This historic fort was a bit of a surprise. It is basically a small museum offering a look back at what it was like to live the life of a infantry or cavalry soldier during the period when the West wasn’t yet settled and the natives were reluctant to give up their stronghold on the area. There are three other original buildings standing which can be toured at your own pace with a written map with detailed explanations to their use and how they applied to life in a western fort. A commanders quarters, a single soldier quarters and the field doctors quarters and clinic. I roamed, taking time to read the descriptions on plaques spread through the displays. I was surprised to learn that despite the depictions in early westerns, the Indian forts had no walls or barricades, explaining that the natives wouldn’t risk attacking the well guarded open area of the fort, much preferring to attack lone outriders and supply wagons between the fort and regional outposts like Prescott. I learned a lot and recommend it for those that have the time and love the history of the area.

3. Montezuma Castle National Monument

2800 Montezuma Castle Hwy, Camp Verde, AZ 86322 +1 928-567-3322
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Montezuma Castle National Monument

This stone castle built into a shallow cave on a cliff was once a six-story dwelling with 45 rooms.

Reviewed By Dollarwise - Beached in San Fernando

This location has such a great tranquil feel. The centuries disappear and you can feel history and the cliff dwellers. The housing sits in a canyon above a forested stream. Generations lived .here and spent their lives. Touch that history and feel the past.but good for life.....what a bargain.

4. Verde Valley Archaeology Center

385 S Main St, Camp Verde, AZ 86322-7272 +1 928-567-0066
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

Verde Valley Archaeology Center

The Verde Valley Archaeology Center is an archaeological educational and research facility located in Camp Verde, Arizona. We have a modest exhibit and display area. Our knowledgeable volunteers can provide information on the prehistoric cultures of the area as well as the Native American history of the Verde Valley. On Thursdays and Fridays, the Coconino National Forest Artifact Identification Project Team meets. Members of the team can show you what we are doing and provide some background on the artifacts you will see. The Museum and Gift Shop is open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (closed Sundays and Mondays and Major Holidays).

Reviewed By BeachLoversLane - Staunton, VA

If you have any interest in Native American History and/or archeology in general, this is a must see. They have an amazing variety of artifacts on display. We also really enjoyed the short video on the area's history. The volunteer who showed us around was very knowledgeable and helpful. You can tell the love that has gone into this museum. We hope they are successful in their desire to build a bigger facility so they can put all their artifacts on display.

5. Hauser and Hauser Farm

652 N Montezuma Castle Hwy, Camp Verde, AZ 86322-7441 +1 928-567-2142
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4.5 based on 29 reviews

Hauser and Hauser Farm

Reviewed By Amy S

This farm is awesome. The corn is the best I have ever had, from anywhere! The stand is right on the edge of the fields so the kids can see where the food is grown. The price s great for fresh corn. They are only about 5 minutes off of the freeway so its easy to get to. They also do pumpkins in the fall!

6. Camp Verde Visitor Center

435 S Main St, Camp Verde, AZ 86322-7255 +1 928-554-0851
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Camp Verde Visitor Center

Reviewed By BeachLoversLane - Staunton, VA

A nice way to find out about the local history for free. There was a lot of free tourist brochures and magazines available.Dear HappyVAtravelers, thank you for visiting Camp Verde and taking time to learn the local history! We hope you'll come visit again and thank you for your kind review! Please let us know how we can better serve you.

7. Fossil Creek Wilderness

22 Miles Southeast of Camp Verde, Camp Verde, AZ +1 928-567-4121
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Fossil Creek Wilderness

Reviewed By Memphisoutskirts - TN/MS

OK...here goes. THE 1 HOUR BUMPY DRIVE AND 30 MINUTE HIKE in 108 degree weather are soooo worth it! (IF YOU ARE A NATURE LOVER AND A FAN OF SWIMMING HOLES!!)...
You will need a parking lot permit...$10 and can only book a month out during the summer months (Recreation.gov). When we turned onto the road into Fossil creek, a mile or 2 into the drive, there is a park ranger check-in area..they will stop you and ask for your permit. Once you get thru that, you have approx 14.5 more miles to go until you get to the WATERFALL TRAIL PARKING LOT (*there is 1 more check in station about mile 14). The trip (as others have stated) will take an hour to the waterfall lot..the total mileage traveled from 260 to the waterfall lot is a little less than 17 miles). The road itself doesnt have a lot of protruding rocks, it's just roughly graded. Also, there are no guard-rails. Just have your driver take it easy around the many, many curves and you will be ok.
Once you park at the WATERFALL lot, you will need to GO UNDER THE GATE AND WALK UP THE ROAD (NOT the trail at the back of the lot) uphill for about 5-8 minutes until the fence on your left opens up to a REAL trail-head. You will follow a dirt path (partially shaded) for about 5 minutes before it starts turning into more of a dry creek bed path. You will see many little trails to the waters edge (the rope swing access is about 17 minutes into the hike). Just remember keep following the dry creek bed until it dead-ends at the main waterfall. You will cross over a few little 'wooden bridges'...that is how you know you are close. It took us about 30 minutes to make it.
REMEMBER STAY WITH THE DRY CREEK BED AND FOLLOW OTHER PEOPLES TRACKS...you will get there.
Water is amazingly clear and so refreshing. You will not be sorry!

8. Cliff Castle Casino

555 W Middle Verde Rd, Camp Verde, AZ 86322-8561 +1 800-381-7568
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3.5 based on 296 reviews

Cliff Castle Casino

The ringing of state-of-the-art, popular slot machines delivering jackpots. The click-clack of chips as a winner collects after a Blackjack hand. You'll feel the fun, excitement and thrill of the game at Cliff Castle Casino Hotel. You'll also feel the friendly, caring service that has kept us Arizona's number one casino for the last sixteen years.

Reviewed By Linda W - Phoenix

My gal pals & I used the Cliff Castle Casino “bus-trip” offer to go to the casino. Cost at the bis trip was only $10. We received $25 of free play. We ate a very good buffet lunch. We enjoyed each other‘s company during lunch. The rest of the day time we spent at the casino Tables or machines. We all had an enjoyable time. It was a great 8 full hours spent with friends, entertainment, and food. I would recommend this delightful casino in this beautiful setting of mountains in our wonderful state of Arizona. A must go to area of Verde valley !

9. Sweet Pea Antiques

437 W State Route 260, Camp Verde, AZ 86322-7022 +1 928-567-6555
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Sweet Pea Antiques

Reviewed By AussieM8 - Camp Verde, Arizona

The owners are all local folks and enjoy visiting with anyone who would like to chat. I was pleasantly surprised at the variety and quality of the goods for sale! Parking may look scarce, but I'm sure the vetinarian next door doesn't mind if a few cars park in his large parking area.

10. Arizona Equestrian Connection

2025 W Reservation Loop Rd, Camp Verde, AZ 86322-8422 +1 602-314-5413
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5 based on 6 reviews

Arizona Equestrian Connection

Paddle boating, catch/release fishing, hayrides, mini-horse cart rides,taffy pulls,swimming, 3 story treehouse and family fun on weekends. Full covered arena & horse clinics. Corporate events,parties & team building. Pristine 72 acre property with overnight accommodations for 50 people.We offer lodging and various fun animal and non animal activities to all our visitors and guests. Amazing views

Reviewed By nanpetnanny

Wow! Loved my day trip here! Deborah- handles booking - made me feel so comfortable. I felt like we had been friends forever. Everything that Deborah told me about Jackpot Ranch was true! She was actually a little modest on the description!
Deborah described Arizona Equistrian Connection as though she truly believed in Shortie. I can see why after my visit. Shortie-Instructor- shared such a beautiful bond with the horses. Truly an amazing and for me, life changing experience. I would have never believed that one day could make such a difference in my life. It did!! I would go back in a New York minute!!!! JUST GO!!

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