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.

inclusive culture

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.


arts & culture

The Arts & Entertainment District is the strongly beating heart of the historic town. At the end of the district is the famous Clarkdale Town Park, built for the original residents of Clarkdale and still enjoyed today with free concerts and outdoor movies. Explore the town's three museums showcasing work from thriving copper artists plus stories from copper mining days gone by.  


outdoor sports & recreation

Clarkdale is not only the gate to the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Area, but also an ideal location for any river excursion down the Verde River; with two river access points for kayak launches, birding and photography. Visitors can take a historic train deep into the canyon, hike along the banks of the river, visit the Audubon’s Important Birding Area at Tavasci Marsh, or tour the ruins of the Tuzigoot National Monument.  

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wine & dine

Clarkdale's restaurants and tasting rooms provide a cross-section of locals and daytrippers. With options for every palette, visitors can enjoy some of the Verde Valley's most authentic Mexican food, decadent pastries, delicious entrees, and local craft beer and wine; often while taking in the resplendent view of the hills of Sedona. 


history, heritage & tradition

Clarkdale is a planned community; originally constructed as a “company town” to support the families and workers of Jerome’s copper mine. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998, the town’s historic roots have not been lost on those who have since revived the community after the mine closed in 1953.


entrepreneurial opportunities

Clarkdale is community that is focused on sustainability and growth. All community members, whether residents or business owners, have a voice in the future of Clarkdale. Many opportunities exist to contribute to the sustainable community envisioned by all. Should you have an interest in entrepreneurship, Clarkdale is truly one of the most collaborative, nurturing towns to consider starting your business.



Clarkdale prides itself on community engagement; hosting multiple events throughout the year. Discover all aspects of the Clarkdale experience by attending one of their many entertaining events.