Enjoy this collection of articles highlighting Clarkdale's unique features and experiences. From historical landmarks to natural wonders, explore the town's rich tapestry and find out why Clarkdale has caught the attention of writers and travelers alike. Scroll down to browse a compilation of articles that showcase the beauty and character of Clarkdale, inviting you to embark on a memorable adventure.
Travel and Leisure
October 15, 2023
In Arizona’s rugged wine country, experimental techniques are taking root. Gina DeCaprio Vercesitours the state to meet the industry’s maverick pioneers.
As I entered the Verde Valley, about 90 miles north of Phoenix, saguaro-studded hillsides gave way to rolling scrubland. The buds had just broken in the high-desert vineyards—a lush start to my early May road trip through Arizona’s wine country.
Copper museum to expand
October 10, 2023
The Arizona Copper Art Museum in Clarkdale will soon be expanding with a window exhibit in the neighboring building to the west of the museum on Main Street. The display, which will be in place by the end of 2024, will be themed as a general store. This is fitting because the building located at 901 Main Street used to be a general store. Daulton Venglar/Larson Newspapers
Verde Canyon Railroad's Fright Night is a scream for all ages
September 29, 2023
What sets this haunted house apart from others? It's inside a phantom train that is permanently derailed on abandoned tracks at Verde Canyon Railroad's depot in Clarkdale, Arizona. For those brave enough to enter … or for those who love the entire month of Halloween … or for those who love the opportunity to be terrified, these eerily furnished rail cars, long forgotten by the living, are open to explore. A bloodthirsty werewolf, eerie circus clowns, a gory, blood-splattered crime scene and a spine-chilling wedding party are but a few of the shocks and jump-scares that greet or eat you in this fresh spin on a classic Halloween haunted house.
Clarkdale Artists Exhibition At Yavapai College
September 27, 2023
The Patty McMullen-Mikles Art Gallery at Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus is proud to announce Clarkdale Artists Exhibition. This mixed media exhibition is an opportunity for Yavapai College to feature and support local artists from Made In Clarkdale. Made In Clarkdale is a juried artists association founded by local artists in 1986. They are well known for the Annual Made in Clarkdale Showcase in historic Clarkdale’s Clark Memorial Clubhouse.
9 Off The Beaten Path Arizona Towns
September 21, 2023
Its location on the Verde River and the discovery of copper in the area secured Clarkdale's importance in the early 1900s. Established as a company town in 1912 and the state's first master-planned community, the town's population has started growing again after the decline of the mines here, with its remoteness and rugged surrounds being particularly appealing to outdoor enthusiasts. It's also increasingly popular as a tourist destination. A star attraction is the Verde Canyon Railroad, a fun adventure that ferries visitors through some of Arizona's spectacular but lesser-seen landscapes.
Tommy Rocks The Beatles At The Clarkdale Concert In The Park Saturday Sept. 23
September 20, 2023
The Town of Clarkdale will again be having ‘Tommy Rocks The Beatles’ perform for the Concert in the Park Series. The outdoor show in Clarkdale will be the final event of the season, and for Beatles fans, it will be a show not to be missed. Last year, Tommy’s band performed for a record 1,200 people.
An Ode to Going Nowhere: The North American Train Trips Where the Origin is the Destination
August 15, 2023
If you’re lucky enough to live in a city or a country with a bustling rail network, chances are you’ve rarely thought of train travel as little more than a modern convenience (and certainly preferable to a bus). But the history of rail travel – both from a commercial and commuter level – is one that tracks (pun intended) the very history of our technological advances from the steam age.
S.E. Willis & the Willing deliver blues to Town Park on Aug. 12
August 8, 2023
CLARKDALE -- Saturday, Aug. 12, Clarkdale presents a playful band steeped in the most classic of blues lore, S.E. Willis & the Willing. Join your friends and neighbors from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Clarkdale Town Park gazebo for an evening of fun, dancing, and engaging blues music.
Arizona Copper Museum Part Of Clarkdale Resurgence
July 26, 2023
Bathtubs, fire hose nozzles and cognac cooking equipment are a few of the things Clarkdale could use to become an even bigger player in the Verde Valley economy.
With the former classrooms built as part of the old Clarkdale school building now filled with hundreds of types of copper creation, the Arizona Copper Museum has become one piece of what local leaders hope will be a resurgence of the town.
The Small Town Of Clarkdale Is A Charming Place To Get Away
Only in Your State
July 25, 2023
The Grand Canyon State not only has one region where grapes are grown and wine is made, but three. These include the areas of Wilcox, Verde Valley, and Sonoita. Wine is a big deal in this state and there are more than 30 wineries to visit. So, if you’re looking for a small-town getaway in Arizona and want to do some wine tasting, we are taking you to Clarkdale. This small town is located in the heart of Verde Valley’s wine country and makes for a charming place to get away.
Explore AZ with two historic towns and their trains!
April 14, 2023
Trains helped settle the American West, bringing supplies to remote communities and transporting precious metals, cattle, and other resources from those communities to larger cities where they could be sold. They were essential to survival, and every city or town of any significance had train tracks running through it.
16 Unique Towns To Visit In The Southwestern U.S. In 2023
January 13, 2023
1. Clarkdale, Arizona
Nestled amongst the natural beauty of the Verde Canyon, this small Central Arizona town is one of Julie Diebolt Price’s picks for where our readers should travel in the Southwest this year. Clarkdale’s copper ore mining history is evident in the town’s charming 1930s appearance. It was the first master-planned community in Arizona and the Clarkdale Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places.
20 Charming Small Towns To Visit In 2023
December 29, 2022
There’s something magical about spending time in a small town. The pace of life slows down and you’re able to relax and soak in the atmosphere around you. Our writers were busy seeking out and exploring charming small towns in all corners of the U.S. this year, including charming villages steeped in history, mountain towns with plenty of adventure, and sleepy beach communities where the only thing on your agenda will be to soak up the sun.
10 Amazing Sights To See On Arizona's Verde Canyon Railroad
November 10, 2022
The Grand Canyon is one of the best World Heritage Sites in the US. The Grand Canyon is a sight, from the bright red stones to the dramatic cliffs. However, the world-famous canyon often overshadows the Verde Canyons, referred to as the state's "other grand canyon." Overlooking the Verde River, the Verde Canyon Railroad is an exhibit of Arizona's lush vegetation and diverse wildlife.
Clarkdale Museum Hosts Ginny Chanda For 1st Friday
November 2, 2022
Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum is delighted to welcome Virginia Val “Ginny” Chanda to the First Friday stage on Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. Professor Chanda moved to the Verde Valley from Chicago in 1979 to accept a position as the full-time English instructor at the Verde Valley Campus of Yavapai College. She’ll never forget her father’s reaction as they drove along Black Hills Drive: “But there can’t be a college up here.”
9 Reasons You’ll Fall In Love With This Quaint Arizona Town
March 19, 2022
Overshadowed a bit by the neighboring mountainside marvel of Jerome and the fun Old Town scene of Cottonwood, the little town of Clarkdale, Arizona, is a true under-the-radar gem. It might not get the tourism attention of some of its Verde Valley neighbors, but Clarkdale positively glows with charm and history.