5 Verde Valley Cities

The visually stunning Verde Valley comprises two counties (Yavapai & Coconino) and includes over 700 square miles located about 100 miles north of the Phoenix metro area. There’s nothing like flowing water in Arizonas high desert. Locally, the Verde River runs through the valley from northwest to southeast fed by flows from the infamous Oak Creek, Sycamore Creek, Beaver Creek, and West Clear Creek.

Round simple map of the Verde Valley and Sedona

The region is unsurpassed in its variety of geographic beauty with the crimson-colored red rocks and Mogollon Rim to the east and north and the Black Hills with Mingus Mountain dominating the western and southwestern portions of the Verde Valley.

The city of Sedona lies on the Verde Valley’s northeast edge, a former bastion of ranching, Native American inhabitants, and agriculture. History lives around every turn, from the copper-mining burg of Jerome to the mining industry towns of Clarkdale and Cottonwood, while Camp Verde has a long farming and ranching tradition that continues to this day. Every winery has its personality and distinct wines for visitors to discover.

Residents and visitors are fortunate that nearly 80% of the land in the Verde Valley is National Forest. The Coconino National Forest lies north and east of the Verde River, while the Prescott National Forest is west and south of the river. The region includes 20 square miles of State Trust Land, along the valley’s highways. Only about 20% of the Verde Valley is in private hands.

Incorporated Communities (Cities)

Unincorporated Communities

Lake Montezuma
Village of Oak Creek (Big Park)
Verde Village
Yavapai Apache

Verde Valley Counties

Coconino County
Yavapai County

Map of Verde Valley cities in Arizona
Map of Verde Valley cities in Arizona
Verde Valley recreation map thumbnail
View and print the Verde Valley recreation map for residents and visitors
Looking down on Elmersville near Sedona, Arizona
Elmersville (often referred to as Elmerville) is located on the western edge of Sedona, AZ.