COTTONWOOD PRACTICALITIES

Entertainment and Events
Blazin' M Ranch
(928/634-0334 or 800/937-8643, www.blazinm.com) serves up a chuckwagon supper followed by a Western stage show with cowboy songs and humor. Other attractions include an old time photo studio, train and horse rides, and a shooting gallery. Don't miss the Wood 'N' West Gallery of animated wooden figures in dioramas that portray historic and humorous Old West scenes. The gate opens at 5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. for outdoor activities, 6:30 p.m. for dinner of barbecued beef or chicken or a vegetarian option, then the show starts at 7:30 p.m.; closed January and August. Dinner and show cost $34.95 adults, $32.95 seniors, and $24.95 lil' wranglers 12 and under. Reservations are recommended, especially for a vegetarian dinner. Take 10th St. past the Dead Horse Ranch State Park entrance and follow signs.
    Major annual events include the Verde Valley Gem and Mineral Show in late March, Verde Valley Birding Festival (www.birdyverde.org) on the last weekend in April, Antique Auto, Cycle & Aeroplane Show and Cinco de Mayo Sizzlin' Salsa Sunday on the first weekend in May, Verde Valley Fair in early May, Fourth of July Celebration, Verde River Days (environmental programs) on the last Saturday in September, and a Christmas Parade in early December.

Recreation
Garrison Park
(928/634-7468) near the corner of E. Mingus Avenue and Sixth Street offers tennis courts and a summertime swimming pool. Riverside Park, near the turnoff for Deadhorse Ranch State Park, has picnic tables, playground, ball fields, and a skate park. The 18-hole Verde Santa Fe Golf Course (928/634-5454) is five miles northeast of town on Hwy. 89A.

Accommodations
$50-100: Little Daisy Motel
(34 S. Main St., 928/634-7865, $48-52 d) offers some kitchenettes. Pines Motel (920 S. Camino Real off S. Main St., 928/634-9975 or 800/483-9618, $49 s, $59 d, add $5 weekends) has a pool. View Motel (818 S. Main/AZ 89A, 928/634-7581, $46-48 s, $60 d room, $60 s, $60-65 d kitchenettes) offers a pool and hot tub up on a hillside. Budget Inn & Suites (1089 S. Hwy. 260 near the junction with AZ 89A, 928/634-3678 or 888/720-1719, $45-89 s, $49-99 d) has well-equipped rooms. Quality Inn (301 W. Hwy. 89A, 928/634-4207 or 800/228-5151, $65-69 d, $69-79 d weekends) has a restaurant, pool, and hot tub. The Best Western Cottonwood Inn (993 S. Main St. on the corner of AZ 89A and AZ 260, 928/634-5575 or 800/350-0025, $55-82 d standard, $99 d deluxe) has a central location and free breakfasts for guests; a Mexican restaurant serves dinner..
    Flying Eagle Country Bed & Breakfast (2700 Windmill Lane in Clarkdale, 928/634-0211, $110 d) has fine views of the Verde Valley from its hillside setting; guests have a full breakfast, hot tub, and private bath.

Campgrounds
Dead Horse Ranch State Park
, described above, and RV parks offer year-round camping with showers. Turquoise Triangle RV Park (2501 E. Hwy. 89A, 928/634-5294 or 888/994-7275, $22 RV w/hookups) is 1.5 blocks east of the junction with AZ 260. Rio Verde RV Park (3420 E. Hwy. 89A, 928/634-5990, $15 tent, $25 RV w/hookups) lies one mile east from the junction with AZ 260.

Food
In the dimly lit interior of Nic's Italian Steak & Crab House (925 N. Main St. in Old Town Cottonwood, 928/634-9626, nightly for dinner, $10-29), chefs prepare tasty seafood, Tuscan-style grilled steaks, ribs, chicken, veal, and pasta; no reservations taken. Artwork decorates Old Town Cafe (1025 N. Main in Old Town Cottonwood, 928/634-5980, Tues.-Sat. for breakfast and lunch, $6-7.50), which has an espresso bar, pastries, soups, salads, and sandwiches. Sizzler (1041 Hwy. 260, at the AZ89A junction, 928/634-3605, daily for lunch and dinner, $8-15) serves up steak, seafood, and a big salad bar.
    La Carreta (2181 E. Hwy. 89A, just east of the junction with AZ 260, 928/649-2845, daily for lunch and dinner, $7-13) prepares Mexican cuisine. Su Casa (1000 S. Main St. in Clarkdale, 928/634-2771, daily for lunch and dinner, $6-11) is a south-of-the-border cafe with a good selection of fajitas, asada dishes, and vegetarian items.
    Mai Thai on Main (157 S. Main St., 928/649-2999, daily for lunch and dinner, $7.50-11) fixes flavorful teriyaki, stir fries, noodle dishes, curries, and salads. Golden Dragon (1675 N. Cottonwood St. in Sawmill Square Shopping Center, 928/634-0588, daily for lunch and dinner, $7-15) features Mandarin and Szechwan cuisine with a choice of menu or buffet offerings. Ming House (888 S. Main St., 928/639-2885, daily for lunch and dinner, $6-12) prepares Hunan, Szechwan, and Cantonese food, also with a buffet option.
    You can buy groceries at Fry's (Wal-Mart Shopping Center), Safeway (Sawmill Square Shopping Center), and Food City (Verde Valley Plaza). Mount Hope Foods Naturally is at 853 S. Main Street.

Information and Services
People at the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce (1010 S. Main St., Cottonwood, AZ 86326, 928/634-7593, www.visitcottonwoodaz.org, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except holidays) will tell you about the sights, events, and facilities in the area. The office is in an adobe-style building conveniently located at the intersection of AZ 89A and AZ 260. Cottonwood Public Library (100 S. Sixth St., 928/634-7559, closed Sun.) is between AZ 89A and Mingus Avenue.
    The post office is at 700 E. Mingus Avenue. Verde Valley Medical Center (269 S. Candy Lane, 928/634-2251, www.verdevalleymedicalcenter.com) provides medical services and a regional physician directory.

Tours
Hit the trail with Trail Horse Adventures (928/634-5276 or 866/958-7245, www.trailhorseadventures.com)

Getting There
The Sedona-Phoenix Shuttle (928/282-2066 or 800/448-7988, www.sedona-phoenix-shuttle.com, $40 one-way, $75 roundtrip) operates about eight times daily between Sedona and Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport with a stop at the Best Western Inn at Cottonwood. Ace Xpress Shuttle Service (928/639-3357 or 800/336-2239, $51 one-way, $84 roundtrip) provides door-to-door service from Sedona and the Verde Valley to Sky Harbor Airport.

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