Stroll the streets of Arizona's first "planned community" in the heart of the Verde Valley—just 10 minutes from Jerome and 30 minutes from Sedona.
Founded in 1912, Clarkdale is renowned as the first master-planned community in the State of Arizona. It is a thriving community and is the gateway to the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Area in the beautiful Verde Valley.
Clarkdale was founded by the United Verde Copper Company as a modern copper-smelting company town for the employees of the mines in Jerome
and their families. Ahead of its time, Clarkdale boasted underground utilities, sewers, paved streets, stylish homes and a thriving commercial center. The extensive smelter complex was located near the Verde River and processed copper ore that was brought down from the mines in Jerome from 1913-1953.
Many of Clarkdale's original historic homes still stand today, having been lovingly restored or rejuvenated. Its beautiful town park with its iconic gazebo serves as the focal point for family-friendly free events and concerts throughout the year like summertime block parties and Clarktoberfest in the fall.
The copper company's historic rail line was reborn in 1990 as the Verde Canyon Railroad. Breathe deep, order a drink and relax as you glide along on a 4-hour, 20-mile journey through 110 years of history while still enjoying modern creature comforts.
Explore Tuzigoot National Monument, ruins of an ancient Sinagua Indian pueblo built on a hilltop overlooking the river, with great views of the entire area, all the way up to nearby Jerome. Clarkdale is home to the Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus. The college offers more than a dozen degree programs and a selection of courses ranging from accounting to viticulture. The school even has it’s own tasting room, Southwest Wine Center!