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Getting to know the Verde Valley

The Verde Valley stretches from Mingus Mountain – just east of Prescott Valley – to the Mogollon Rim, south of Flagstaff. The Verde Valley’s 1,200 square miles encompass the towns and cities of Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Jerome, Camp Verde, Sedona, Cornville, the Village of Oak Creek, Lake Montezuma, Rimrock and the Verde Villages, a large unincorporated community. 

Elevations in the Verde Valley range from approximately 3,000 feet in historic Camp Verde, to more than 5,000 feet in the former mining town and now thriving artist community of Jerome. Although the geography is described as “high desert,” newcomers are surprised to encounter mountains, beautiful wildflowers, and forests of cedars and junipers as well as creeks and rivers.

Northern Arizona Healthcare’s largest facility in the Verde Valley – Verde Valley Medical Center – is located in Cottonwood, along with outpatient clinics such as the Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona. Additional clinics including primary care are located in Camp Verde, Sedona and Village of Oak Creek. Our Sedona campus is also home to the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare.


Verde Valley residents enjoy a casual lifestyle with a rural feel complimented by a wide variety of recreational opportunities, including hiking, biking, camping, horseback riding, golfing and kayaking. The area has become a regional destination for its growing wine industry, now home to several vineyards along its waterways and tasting rooms in each of the communities.

Cottonwood lies 100 miles north of Phoenix’s shopping, performing arts, sports centers and universities, including Arizona State University, and 45 miles south of Flagstaff. 

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The Verde Valley is home to Yavapai College’s Verde Valley Campus, known across the state for its viticulture program, and is less than 60 miles south of Northern Arizona University.

The area offers many elementary and secondary education options through the local school districts, including Sedona-Oak Creek School District, Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District, Clarkdale-Jerome School District and Camp Verde School District, as well as faith-based and charter school options.

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