Peaceful. A word that epitomizes the feeling you get upon arrival in Cottonwood, Arizona. Cottonwood, the “Heart of Arizona Wine Country”, is a charming and diverse community; one which values its natural and social history as much as its thriving wine, dynamic arts and rich agricultural scene. Surrounded by six State Parks, magnificent Cottonwood trees and the flowing Verde River, the natural beauty of the surrounding Verde Valley will almost instantly capture your heart and calm your mind. A typical day in Cottonwood is likely to consist of a peaceful kayak journey or a quiet stroll through Historic Old Town; enjoying tasting rooms, perusing the gourmet market, dining in local restaurants or  shopping for unique antiques.

Known as Arizona’s biggest little town, Cottonwood offers all of the amenities of a much larger city with the inclusivity and character of a small town. Cottonwood was the first ‘free town’ in the area, surrounded by company towns developed to support mining activities nearby. This free-town mentality still exists today, in a diverse community where it is not uncommon for a stranger to wave as you pass by or a local to strike up a conversation and share their passion for their unique community. With its perfect weather, popular community festivals and close proximity to cities like Prescott and Flagstaff, Cottonwood, AZ is a must-see destination for travelers and potential residents alike.

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Arts & culture

Live performances, art galleries and locally made clothing boutiques bring a fresh style to Cottonwood; making it a hub for local artists and craftspeople, with Main Street galleries proudly display local talent. 



outdoor sports & recreation

Nestled among magnificent Cottonwood trees along the Verde River, Cottonwood provides endless opportunities to experience the outdoors. From golf and yoga, to high desert exploration; river activities; and scenic natural wonders; there is truly something for everyone.

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wine & dine

Known as the “Heart of Arizona Wine Country”, it is no surprise that Cottonwood is home to several renowned wineries and tasting rooms. There are also several opportunities to take in Cottonwood’s flourishing restaurant scene; dining on fresh, local fare in a historic building or on one of many outdoor patios. 


history, heritage & tradition

The town that is known as Cottonwood today has long been home to Native Americans tribes. The Sinagua, Yavapai and Apache people all have roots in the Verde Valley, which means that the area is filled with the remnants of the tribes’ ancient roots.

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entrepreneurial opportunities

Cottonwood is community that prides itself on cultivation; Cultivation of its agricultural potential in wine and other homegrown foods, cultivation of its culture and community experience, and cultivation of a unique sense of place to visitors and residents alike. Many opportunities exist to contribute to this mission and help to grow this community, from its beating downtown heart to the pulse of its growing population.



Cottonwood is a mecca for community events and engagement. Whether you're a local or looking for a quick Arizona Daycation, Cottonwood is the perfect place to visit and discover new and fun events!