What was once the first master-planned “company town” in Arizona has since grown to be a thriving community, exemplifying the beauty of small-town Americana. Located on the banks of the Verde River, the Town of Clarkdale embodies a unique balance between heritage and rural sophistication.
Home to over 4,000 residents within ten square miles, Clarkdale is the largest historic district in rural Arizona. With over 387 registered residential and commercial historic buildings, Clarkdale’s core identity rests in its heritage. History, however, is not the only thing that defines this quaint community. Although small in numbers, the Clarkdale community is mighty in its inclusive culture and mission to create a sense of place unique to the state of Arizona.
Clarkdale amenities include an unmatched K-8 school system, diverse housing stock and unsurpassed outdoor recreational activities. Main Street in Clarkdale provides a glimpse into the past with original structures from the town’s founding in 1912. Today, sip local wine amongst the vaults of the old bank, explore award-winning copper exhibits nestled in classrooms of the old high school, taste decadent pastries made in a converted caboose, and enjoy local performances in one of Clarkdale’s beautiful public spaces. Kayak down the Verde River, hike through Sycamore Canyon, or mingle at one of the block parties, festivals, free summer concerts or seasonal celebrations that often take place in Town Park.
Spend a day in Clarkdale and immediately get a sense of local pride and community engagement that encourages input, nurtures new ideas and invites all to be a part of sustaining the community for current and future generations.