Cottonwood, Arizona is located just twenty minutes south of Sedona, Arizona and one hour north of Phoenix, Arizona, at the base of Mingus Mountain and right along the Verde River. The town was founded in 1879 by settlers looking to prosper in the farming and agriculture business which included hay, grain, and cattle. At one time Cottonwood, Arizona was named “The Biggest Little Town in Arizona.”

Today, visitors can enjoy the benefits of a community created by residents that embrace a relaxed, culturally enriched lifestyle. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, seeking intellectual stimulation or want a relaxing getaway, Cottonwood offers a variety of experiences for every type of travel. Catch a glimpse of some of Cottonwood’s furry and feathery residents while strolling, hiking or biking through miles of trails and thousands of acres of open space. You can people-watch at an outdoor café or restaurant on Main Street, visit one of our many neighboring Historic Towns, State Parks and National Parks, or check out a top attraction like the Verde Valley Railroad or Out of Africa Wildlife Park.

The City of Cottonwood sits 3,314 feet above sea level and approximately 11,265 residents. Cottonwood enjoys 275 plus days of sunshine each year along moderate weather.

Other Nearby Attractions

  • Sedona, AZ – The Grand Canyon
  • Historic Jerome, AZ – Page Springs
  • River to Wine Tour – Wine Tasting & Vineyards
  • Verde Valley Railroad – Camping
  • Out of Africa Wildlife Park – Hiking
  • The Verde River – Mountain Biking