My home town, Cottonwood, is located in the 'heart' of Arizona and sits at an elevation of 3,300’ which gives us a moderate climate that is nearly
perfect year-round. With the beautiful Sedona red rocks to the northeast and Mingus Mountain to the southwest, the views in the Verde Valley are
breathtaking. The weather is one of the best reasons to love Cottonwood. Summers are hot, with cool nights and mostly clear temperatures ranging from 70-95 degrees. Because Cottonwood sits just below the cold of Arizona’s high country, the winter months are moderate with little snowfall.
We will see the occasional dusting of snow on top of Mingus Mountain and the Sedona Red Rocks, but seldom will it stick for more than a few hours. You can put that snow shovel to rest! Winter temps are typically between 38-65 degrees with warm sunny skies! With so many outdoor actives available, camp at Dead Horse Ranch State Park and take a quiet walk around the ponds, go fishing and bird watching or head towards Camp Verde to visit Out of Africa Wildlife Park and feed the giraffe.
Don’t forget to check out Tuzigoot National Monument and Montezuma Castle for some ancient Native American history. The Verde River runs right through Cottonwood and provides opportunities for kayaking, swimming, fishing, along with wonderful habitat for one of the Southwest’s largest concentrations of resident and migratory birdlife.
Friends of the Verde River is a local organization dedicated to the preservation and health of the Verde River. Visit their website to learn more about the river before you visit and see how you can help. A trip to Cottonwood is not complete with out also visiting Old Town.There are so many outstanding restaurants, shops and wine tasting rooms! Print out a Verde Valley Wine Trail Passport and try to get all your stamps, responsibly of course. There are many local Arizona wineries and tasting rooms on the Verde Valley Wine Trail. Every winery has its own unique personality and distinct wines for visitors to discover at each stop. Click here for the Trail Map.