Founded in 1879, Cottonwood was given the distinction of being called the ”Biggest Little Town in Arizona.” The town derives its name from a stand of large cottonwood trees growing along the Verde River. Originally, Cottonwood was an army outpost, but soon a farming community of newly arrived settlers began to develop.
The actual town of Cottonwood began to grow and prosper between the years of 1915 and 1917 and by 1920, the burgeoning town was thriving, At that time, it boasted of an impressive number of businesses for a population of just 1000.
Located in the Verde River Valley, above the heat of the desert, and below the cold temperatures of the high country, Cottonwood has an ideal climate for residents, businesses and agriculture.
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According to TripAdvisor, there are 35 points of interest and things to do when you visit Cottonwood. Here are the top three:
Old Town Cottonwood:
Cottonwood’s historic downtown, with its quaint, small town appeal, is a favorite place to visit. Many tourists stop here on the way to or from Jerome or Sedona. It is known for its wine tasting and great restaurants. Stop here for lunch and visit many interesting shops and boutiques, including Larry’s Antique store.
Dead Horse Ranch State Park:
Located 25 miles south of Sedona, Arizona in Old Cottonwood, is this lovely state park. Enjoyed by many who want to spend a peaceful day near the river and
experience nature. There are camping spaces available, for both tents and hookups for RV’s, There are miles of trails for hiking biking and horse riding, and 3 beautiful lagoons for fishing and kayaking.
Blazin’ M Ranch:
The centerpiece of this attraction is an authentic old- time chuckwagon supper and a wild west stage show. In addition you can visit a replica of a frontier town which includes tractor rides, ranch animals, shops, museums and a live shooting gallery.
More info: OldTown.org