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GPS Coordinates: N 34°
W 111° 57'51.25"; elev is 3,356 ft.
From Flagstaff: Travel
south on I-17 to Camp Verde, Exit 287. Turn off on Hwy 260 and travel
northwest about 8 miles. The preserve is on the right, between mileposts
212 and 211.
From Phoenix: Follow
I-17 north to Hwy 260 and travel northwest about 8 miles. The preserve is
on the right, between mileposts 212 and 211.
From Prescott: Travel
south on Hwy 69 to Dewey, then northeast on Hwy 169 to the I-17 junction.
Take I-17 north to Hwy 260 and travel northwest about 8 miles. The
preserve is on the right, between mileposts 212 and 211.
Note: Hwy 89A from Prescott to Cottonwood is not
recommended. Helpful Hint! Follow signs to Alcantara Vineyard.
Verde Valley Road Tour & Local
Approaching the exit to the preserve
from I-17 Northbound can make one feel as though they were soaring in
for a landing as the final curve of the mountainous highway opens up to
the vast expanse of the Verde Valley. Views of Camp Verde’s General
to the East, a revived ghost town ( to the West & the snow capped peaks
of the San Francisco Peaks to the North offer a breathtaking view &
appreciation of this region’s beauty.
As you exit onto Highway 260 & proceed towards Cottonwood
on the left you will see the entrance to the Out of Africa
Wildlife Park (www.outofafricapark.com)
which was created much like Jurassic Park was originally designed with
Humvee tours through the mock Serengheti. As you continue down the
Highway & turn right onto Thousand Trails Rd, you will be in awe of the
surroundings as you approach the main entrance to Thousand Trails. Of
course, you are welcomed with a smile from one of our rangers & the
relaxing begins. The ranger will provide you with a daily recreation &
food service schedule that offers food & fun for all. However, the
surrounding communities are a must to see & enjoy.
The City of Cottonwood (www.cottonwood.verdevalley.com)
not only offers full service medical & financial institutes & the ruins
of Native American dwellings at Tuzigoot State Park (www.nps.gov/tuzi),
but fun entertainment with a live cowboy dinner & show at the Blazin
or perhaps a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad (www.verdecanyonrr.com)
that travels through time into the mountain gorges of Perkinsville.
Just up the hill, elevating another 2000 feet, the former ghost town of
beckons you to tour the mines (www.goldkingmine.net),
visit the shops & enjoy the best burgers in Arizona.
From Jerome, you can continue traveling through the mountainous Highway
89A into picturesque Prescott Valley, home of the World’s Oldest Rodeo &
original State Capitol.
If the ghosts of Jerome aren’t your fancy, then head East towards rustic
Camp Verde & you’ll enjoy the old western feeling of rustic buildings &
Fort Verde State Park (www.azstateparks.com).
The history is so unique here, that you’ll definitely want to visit more
than once. Don’t forget that the original settlers to this area were
the Yavapai-Apaches so a visit to their casino (www.cliffcastle.com)
will not only fill your tummy with great food, but hopefully fill your
wallet as well.
If you should choose to continue through Camp Verde to the East lies the
sleepy towns of Strawberry (www.angelfire.com/az/strawberrypine) &
Both towns are blessed with tall pines & rustic inns. The weather is
cooler in the summer for a nice reprieve but chilly in the winter,
unless you like to ski.
The most majestic area to see is the Red Rocks of Sedona (www.sedonachamber.com).
Hiking trails, art galleries, cafes & museums are just a few attractions
to draw you to this relaxing town. Feel the energy of the world renown
vortexes as well as the climbing red mountains as they reach out to the
sky with glorious reflections that build wonderful memories. Cedar &
pines line this route as you wind through Oak Creek Canyon & smell the
aroma of wood fires from the campgrounds. The Fall season is the
perfect time to view the changing leaves & breathe the cool, clean air
as you continue North towards Flagstaff.
Driving famous Route 66 in downtown Flagstaff ( www.flagstaff.az.gov)
is nostalgic in itself. Visiting this northern hub of skiing,
trains, rustic shops & historic buildings makes you wonder if you are
still in the State of Arizona & not New England. Even the Arizona Snow
Bowl Ski Resort & recreation area, with its whispering aspens, invites
you year round to ride the ancient chair lift to view the vast
landscapes from 7000 feet. From this peak you can view the North Rim of
the Grand Canyon (www.nps.gov/grca)
If you continue heading North from Flagstaff for another hour you’ll
enter the realm of the grand Canyon. A full day sightseeing & perhaps
you’ll want to stay in one of their quaint inns. The Grand Canyon makes
you wonder how Mother Nature created such a spectacular sight for our
eyes to enjoy. Hiking down to the bottom of the canyon can be a short
trip by mule train or a long trip backpacking. Be careful in the summer
as canyon temps increase by 20 degrees once inside the canyon. If
you’re into an adventure, try a hike or mule ride.
Our visitors to the preserve enjoy touring the local sights then return
to our Family Center to share their adventure stories. We all have a
tourist within us but not one of us shares the same viewpoint from our
stay at the Thousand Trails is sure to be unique, eventful & of course,
MEMORABLE! We look forward to your arrival.