Verde Valley: A Taste of the Southwest

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With fall approaching fast (and for some of us, it can’t come fast enough!), it’s time to start thinking about your fall and winter vacations. Luckily enough, there are quite a few destinations in the southwest that warrant consideration when you’re sitting down, discussing where you’d like to go. With year round weather that is fit for travelers and outdoor excursions, Verde Valley is a perfect options. Located just 90 miles north of Phoenix and 50 miles south of Flagstaff, you won’t be too far from civilization, but close enough to enjoy the mountains.


If you’re a year-round traveler, then you’ll enjoy the warm summers and cool winters and still be able to spend time outdoors without being forced indoors due to extreme temperatures. During the Summer, you’ll run into a high of around 100 degrees and lows around 63 degrees in July. During the Winter, you’re looking at around 60 degrees during the day and 25 degrees for your low temperature. That means plenty of sunshine year round with hardly any precipitation.


For the nature-lovers out there, you really can’t go wrong in Verde Valley. Surrounded by the Red Rocks Mountains, Desert Canyon, Oak Creek Canyon and Sycamore Canyon, you’ll have no shortage of hikes, scenic drives, sightseeing tours, and views that take your breath away. All of these are perfect for day-long hiking treks, or just enjoying the sunshine in a hammock with a nice cold drink in hand and a book to read with mountains in the background. Goldwater Lake, Stoneman Lake and the Verde River are all nearby and add another level of sightseeing and exploring.


With its milder climate and geographical attributes, you’ll never run out of things to do in the area. Everything from fishing in Stoneman Lake, whitewater rafting in the Verde River, golfing on one of the many year round courses or taking your ATV out on the Hayfield Draw Bryant area. There are over 100 miles of hiking and biking trails that are perfect for bringing your camera and taking a few snapshots of the gorgeous scenery that surrounds the area. For the adventure seekers, you may never want to go home after you spend some time out there! If you’d rather sit back and let a tour guide take you to some of the more interesting points in the area, you can contact one of the many adventure trips and tour companies to give you a comprehensive lay of the land. Everything from helicopter, horseback, ATV and jeep tours will give you plenty to think about and wonder how you can fit it all into the short amount of time that you’re there.

This is one of many of the great destinations that are in the southwest, just waiting for you to hitch up and bring your RV to. With it being a popular year-round there’s really not bad time to go. The only bad time to go is never! We’re sure that if you consider Verde Valley and book your vacation there, you won’t be disappointed!

Photo Credit: By Jennifer Horn (w:Image:Verde river.JPG) [Public domain, GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


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