Visit the world’s newest International Dark Sky Community, located in the center of the state!
As you make the winding descent down a mountain pass on I-17, green pastures, quaint farms, and riparian corridors suddenly appear in the picturesque Verde Valley below. From here, Camp Verde looks and feels like a dream. In a small town where the alarm clock is often a boastful rooster or a colorful songbird, quiet peace defines the quality of life experienced by locals. From ancient, indigenous cliff dwellings to Main Street buildings that date to 1871, Camp Verde is defined by its people, both past and present, with a rich history marked each day by a final bugle call from Fort Verde State Historic Park.
When visiting, prepare for the outdoors and a slew of mom and pop restaurants with fresh ingredients from nearby farms. The Verde River and its tributaries coil through the community, providing a water source to pecan trees, corn crops, and vineyards as well as a recreation source for kayaking, fishing, and camping. Wildlife thrive in the temperate, four-season climate, including more than 300 bird species and an entire wildlife park—Out of Africa. Home to the Yavapai-Apache Nation, Camp Verde is an oasis in Arizona, where you can still sit back, smell fruit blossoms, and hear buzzing bees while chatting with neighbors on the front porch.