Arts & Culture
With over 1,000 rock art petroglyphs that date as far back as A.D. 1150, Camp Verde’s unique style is an intercultural fusion, forever intertwined with its archeological and wild west history. In today’s date and age, the vibrant live music scene and locally-crafted decor will surprise you while event performances and displays by the local Yavapai-Apache Nation take you back in time.
verde valley archaeology center
Visit their museum on Main Street or the Heritage Pathway and Heritage Garden near the I-17 / Hwy 260 junction. Take an exclusive hike to protected sites through the Field Seminars and check out their Event Calendar for concerts, festivals, and guest speakers. VVAC Members travel the world to ancient sites like the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. They preserve archaeological sites, curate collections, and foster a deeper understanding of American Indian history in the Verde Valley through the science of archaeology. The VVAC is the official non-profit partner of Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments.
live music scene
Camp Verde is a mecca for live music and entertainment. Options include Sutler’s Steakhouse (Thursday-Sunday nights), Thanks a Latte (Open Mic Mondays), JT’s Bistro (Friday and Saturday evenings), Clear Creek Vineyard and Winery (select Saturdays), Music in the Stacks at Camp Verde Community Library, Dragonfly Lounge at Cliff Castle Casino (Friday and Saturday nights 9pm-1am), Stargazer Pavilion concerts at Cliff Castle Casino, and live music at the seasonal Verde Valley Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings.
v bar v heritage site
The Beaver Creek Rock Art Style, attributed to the Southern Sinagua between A.D. 1150 and 1400, is displayed on 1,032 petroglyphs in 13 panels. The largest and best preserved rock art petroglyph site in the Verde Valley, V Bar V is open Friday-Monday (9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.); purchase a Red Rock Pass from the self-service vending machine or bring your America the Beautiful Pass.
Unique art installations are peppered along the streets of Camp Verde. “The Exodus," a monumental sculpture located at the Yavapai-Apache Nation Cultural Center, remembers a forced march of approximately 1,500 Yavapai and Apache from the Verde Valley to San Carlos in 1875. Camp Verde is also home to the World’s Largest Kokopelli, located just off Interstate 17. Check out the 19th century cannons on Finnie Flat and Main Street, and the cowboy sculpture in front of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center.
eagle eye barrels
After oak wine barrels retire, Eagle Eye Barrels gives them new life. From creating custom stains to retaining the naturally infused dye of the wine, each piece is unique. With decades of woodworking experience, Kenny New is a master of his trade. He loves transforming old wine barrels into imaginative, yet functional living art. Located in Camp Verde, he is happy to meet and customize your request.
camp verde community library
Camp Verde’s new community library was constructed using native materials and is reminiscent of early agricultural buildings in the Verde Valley. Comprised of a stone base made of authentic Verde river rock and bronze accent panels along its side walls, the library offers reading rooms and several educational and social spaces with technology features to serve local residents. Join them on rotating Thursdays for live music called “Music in the Stacks.” Check out the local art exhibits while you’re there!
Camp Verde is the perfect place to go antiquing or to find unique creations and refinished/repurposed items. Sweet Pea Antiques, Ruby Road Resale Mall, Verde Valley Resale, Crystal Lattice, Cowboy Corner, Traders’ Corner, and other local thrift shops are sure to keep you busy.