Clarkdale is a historic town in Yavapai County in northern Arizona. The town sits at the foot of Cleopatra Hill at the heart of the VerdeValley. Established in 1912, the town was named after its founder William A. Clark, a mine owner in Jerome, Arizona. Clarkdale was one of the state’s pioneering planned communities that started out as mining boomtowns. Today, Clarkdale is a charming retirement destination and bedroom community that offers scenic natural beauty, a thriving arts scene and modern amenities. The town is a mere ten-minute drive from Jerome and just half an hour from Sedona. It is also adjacent to the Tuzigoot National Monument which welcomes thousands of visitors every year.
Clarkdale’s most famous attraction is the TuzigootNational Monument which contains an 800-year-old Singaua Indian Pueblo ruin. It is located just east of town and is one of the best-preserved pueblo ruins in the Verde Valley. Clarkdale is also home to the Verde Canyon Railroad which dates back to 1914. Today, this scenic railroad offers a four-hour ride through a 680-foot manmade tunnel, a lush countryside populated by beautiful flora and fauna and the Singaua Indian Ruins. Depending on the season, tourists enjoy different breathtaking views through this scenic ride; black hawks and great blue heron sightings are not uncommon during spring and summer while fall gives way to the bald and golden eagles. The spectacular turning of leaves during fall is also a must-see in this side of the state.
Being a popular retirement destination, Clarkdale is has plenty of vacation homes owned by affluent residents of nearby cities. Some of these properties can be rented through owners or through hotel booking sites. If you’d like more reign on your accommodations during your visit, renting one of these properties is the best way to go. The Flying Eagle Country Bed & Breakfast is a quaint three-star property that offers an excellent venue a much-needed relaxation. Aside from very comfortable beds, guestrooms are equipped with kitchenettes ideal for whipping up simple meals. Another cozy place to stay while in town is the Blue Heron Guest House which offers more modern amenities that include high-speed Internet access. Book your Clarkdale Hotels with Reservations.com.
The town of Jerome is approximately six miles from Clarkdale and offers a unique shopping experience to visitors in the area. There are plenty of art galleries and antique shops where you can find excellent additions to your collection. If you haven’t started on a collection yet, this is a good place to buy a nice piece or two. Local pottery stores like Made in Jerome can also create custom-made pieces that you can take home. Fool on the Hill and Mag Pie are good places to shop for trendy clothing and accessories.
Best Dining Spots
There are plenty of excellent dining places in and around Clarkdale. Su Casa is a great place to eat Mexican fare. Aside from the flavourful salsas, tacos and burritos, the margaritas in this restaurant should not be missed. Another great dining spot is the Main Street Café & Pizzeria which serves what patrons believe to be the best pizza and burgers in the area. Other excellent dining places in Clarkdale include Miller’s Market and Olive Oils