Located in the Verde Valley area of Yavapai County in north central Arizona, Cottonwood is a lively community, named for the lush cottonwood trees growing along the beautiful Verde River that meanders through the area. All the conveniences are located here: a library, banks, grocery stores, organic stores, businesses, restaurants, 'big box' stores such as Home Depot and Walmart, pharmacies, the Verde Valley Medical Center, and a full-service hospital. The town is close to many of the area's attractions: indian ruins, historic sites, landmarks, the Black Hills mountain range, Sedona (about 20-30 minutes away), and the nearby ghost town of Jerome (now a hotbed of the arts). Its proximity to so much makes Cottonwood a great place to put down roots. The Greater Cottonwood Area also includes the immediately adjacent communities of the Town of Clarkdale, and the unincorporated area of the 8 Verde Village neighborhoods.
The charming historic area of Old Town Cottonwood is a wonderful place to spend some time relaxing and enjoying the many activities available to you. Take a Walking Tour of Historic Old Town Cottonwood, taste Arizona Wines and gourmet olive oils, browse the antique shops, enjoy a meal at any of several great restaurants, then Hike the Jail Trail, an easy one-mile walk from the heart of old town that has you enjoying rustic surroundings in just minutes.
Riverfront Park and Deadhorse Ranch State Park are also located near Old Town, and offer a wealth of opportunities to enjoy our wonderful high desert climate. Riverfront Park is host to local softball tournaments, disc golf, picnics, and gatherings of all sorts. Deadhorse Ranch State Park offers both day and overnight use, with RV & Tent Camping and Cabins, You can go hiking, boating, fishing, and horseback riding. The adjacent Verde River Greenway State Natural Area offers an additional 480 acres of riparian habitat to enjoy.
In addition to the parks, the City of Cottonwood's Parks and Recreation Department runs an excellent state-of the art Recreation Center with workout facilities, classes, meeting rooms and beautiful indoor pool.
Cottonwood is Dog Friendly as well: there is an off-leash area at Riverfront Dog Park.
Home styles in Cottonwood are diverse. You can find quaint miner's cottages that date back over 100 years, condos, townhomes, stucco Southwest style homes with tile roofs, ranch style homes, multi-level homes, riverfront homes on irrigated acreage, and elegant luxury homes perched in the foothills with views across the Verde Valley, from the lights of Jerome on Mingus Mountain to the Red Rocks of Sedona. Cottonwood and the other outlying communities offer an affordable alternative to nearby Sedona.
If you are looking for a master-planned community with great amenities for your active lifestyle, Cottonwood Ranch should fill the bill! It is a Del Webb neighborhood of 527 homes with a wonderful Clubhouse with pool, spa, exercise room, and bocce ball court. There is also a huge park and open space with walking trails threaded through the community. It is nestled at the base of the Black Hills near the Verde Valley Campus of Yavapai College and a short way from the hospital.
There is easy access to Sedona, Prescott, Flagstaff, and the Phoenix metropolitan area.