Fort Verde State Historic Park
Experience life through the eyes of a frontier soldier at Fort Verde State Historic Park. The fort was a base for General Crook's U.S. Army scouts and soldiers in the 1870s and 1880s. From 1865 - 1891 Camp Lincoln, Camp Verde and Fort Verde were home to officers, doctors, families, enlisted men, and scouts. The park is the best-preserved example of an Indian Wars period fort in Arizona. Several of the original buildings still stand and living history programs are scheduled periodically, giving visitors a glimpse into Arizona's history.
Today visitors can experience three historic house museums, all furnished in the 1880s period, that are listed on the National and State Register of Historic Places. The former Administration building houses the Visitor Center with interpretive exhibits, period artifacts from military life, and history on the Indian Scouts and Indian Wars era. The park offers picnic tables, restrooms, RV and tour bus parking, and is ADA Accessible.
Explore one of the multiple house museums or check out the museum displays in the visitor center. The history of the Indian Wars are explained in a variety of exhibits and recreations are done seasonally.
Eight picnic tables are provided on a grassy area of the park. A large Ramada is just to the west of the Park. A walkway is provided to all buildings and around the parade field.
Fort Verde is located in the center of the state at an elevation of 3,260 feet above sea level. The area has a temperate climate that averages 5-10 degrees cooler than Phoenix and 10-15 degrees warmer than Flagstaff. During the winter there is the chance of an occasional snow that may last through the day. Spring normally brings some winds. The monsoon (rainy) season that starts in May and can last through early July. The rains usually come in the late afternoon. If it does rain, it typically stops in a few minutes. The desert area can become alive with seas of wildflowers during the rains.In the late spring and early summer all of the wildflowers and cactus are in bloom and provide fantastic photo opportunities.
From Phoenix, AZ: Head west on W Washington St toward N 1st Ave, keep right at the fork. Continue onto W Adams St, turn right at N Black Canyon Hwy. Take the ramp on the left onto I-17 N/US-60 W, continue to follow I-17 N. Take exit 287 for AZ-260 toward Cottonwood/Payson/Arizona 89A, turn right at AZ-260 E/Finnie Flat Rd, turn left at Finnie Flat Rd, continue onto S Main St, turn left at E Hollamon St and destination will be on the left.
Closest airport is Pheonix, AZ.