Experience the Elements of Camp Verde Through Curated WeekendZona Trip

Local First Arizona Foundation’s WeekendZona program is heading to Camp Verde for the next installment of this Arizona travel series. Through coordinating specialty-curated travel opportunities to less-visited Arizona towns, WeekendZona showcases the rich culture and history of these communities while at the same time injecting a financial boost into Arizona’s small towns.

The Elements of Camp Verde WeekendZona will take place May 18-20, 2018. Camp Verde, one of the towns making up the Verde Valley region in north-central Arizona about 90 miles north of Phoenix, is a small community that pairs the quiet western lifestyle with outdoor exploration. Camp Verde’s valley floor is classified as Lower Sonoran Desert, but its position on the Verde River allows for lush greenery and native plants surrounding the area. With an arid climate, the warm summer days are often cooled by monsoons rains.

Camp Verde is often referred to as ‘Arizona’s best-kept little secret’ for its natural beauty and unique position near the Verde River. We can’t wait to share this ‘secret’ with more Arizonans.
— Maya Azzi, Rural Program Coordinator for Local First Arizona Foundation

WeekendZona trips are all-inclusive experiences coordinated by Local First Arizona Foundation staff with local businesses and partners in each community. Each trip is a highly curated experience that showcases “locals insider” spots and activities that guests might not otherwise know about.

“We want to show Arizonans that there are many unique vacation opportunities right here in our own state,” said Azzi. “Every year, Arizonans spend $6.5 billion vacationing in California alone. If we could direct some of those dollars into Arizona’s rural communities, it would make a huge difference for those towns.”

The WeekendZona program took guests to Globe-Miami earlier this year and has future 2018 trips planned to Douglas in July and Pinetop-Lakeside in October.

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Elements of Camp Verde Package Details

This WeekendZona package is organized around the three elements of Camp Verde:

  • Earth: Towering above the valley of Camp Verde are majestic mountains that create a scenic view of unsurpassed beauty. Come hike the ancient ruins and cliff dwellings and experience a Western horseback ride amid huge desert foliage and sandy washes.

  • Water: Opt into a guided kayaking trip down the Verde River, which meanders through the community’s small farms and ranches. Experience the vibrant wildlife habitat home to bald eagles, hawks, blue heron, beavers, and otters.

  • Sky: Camp Verde is pursuing the International Dark Sky Community designation and partnering with Astronomers of the Verde to show off the beautiful night sky. Guests will be able to enjoy the night sky through high-powered telescopes and learn about the stars from local astronomy enthusiasts. This astronomers meet monthly to share their latest tracking of asteroids and have displayed their brilliant astrophotography in the community to showcase the Verde Valley's dark skies.

All packages include the following:

  • Lodging for Two Nights on a first come, first serve basis at any of our lodging partners: Ranch House B&B, Creekside B&B, or Fort Verde Suites

  • Meals: (alcohol and gratuity not included, vegetarian options are available for all included meals)

    • Steakhouse dinner at Sutler’s Steakhouse (Friday)

    • Dinner under the stars at Moscato Italian Restaurant (Saturday)

    • Breakfast at JT Bistro (Saturday)

    • Breakfast at Thanks A Latte (Sunday)

  • Group Activities:

    • Choice of guided kayaking trip down the Verde River or western horseback riding

    • Stargazing party hosted by the Astronomers of the Verde

    • Guided tour of the Verde Valley Archeology Center

  • Free Time Activities: Choose Between the Following Regional Attractions: (not included in the price of the package)

    • Main Street shopping and antiquing

    • Wine tasting at Clear Creek Vineyard

    • Free self-guided historical walking tour

    • Fort Verde State Park

    • Montezuma’s Castle National Monument

    • Take a hike on one of the regions beautiful nature trails: Copper Canyon Trail or McDonald Trail are just two options of many!

Guests can purchase a 2-person 2-night package for $485 (plus fees) or a 1-person 2-night package for $295 (plus fees). All meals, lodging, and activities included in the itinerary are included in the package.

Registration is available at https://www.localfirstazfoundation.org/events/weekendzona-camp-verde. Registration for future events will be available at localfirstazfoundation.org.