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A Perfect Clarkdale Weekend Itinerary with Ashley Goes Hiking

Updated: Jun 10

Situated in the scenic Verde Valley, Clarkdale is a town rich in history, natural beauty, and vibrant local culture. Recently, the popular social media influencer Ashley from "Ashley Goes Hiking" shared her exciting weekend adventure in Clarkdale, and we're thrilled to expand on her itinerary to help you plan your own unforgettable visit.


Be sure to check out Ashley’s adventures on Instagram @AshleyGoesHiking and click through the Instagram links for all the Clarkdale businesses mentioned for even more inspiration for your perfect weekend adventure in Clarkdale.




Friday: Begin Your Adventure


Scenic Train Ride with Verde Canyon Railroad

Start your weekend with a picturesque train ride along the Verde River. The Verde Canyon Railroad offers a four-hour journey through some of the most stunning landscapes Arizona has to offer. As you travel along the historic route, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of red rock formations, dense greenery, and the serene Verde River. The train features vintage rail cars with spacious seating and panoramic windows, providing a comfortable and immersive experience. For an even more memorable journey, step out onto the open-air viewing cars where you can feel the fresh breeze and capture amazing photos. This scenic train ride is not just a mode of transportation, but an unforgettable experience that highlights the natural beauty and history of Clarkdale.



Check-in at The Park Hotel

After your scenic train ride, check into your comfortable accommodations at The Park Hotel. This historic hotel offers a cozy and inviting stay, right in the heart of Clarkdale. @clarkdaleparkhotel



Dinner and Live Music at Smelter Town Brewery

End your first day with delicious food and live music at Smelter Town Brewery. Enjoy a variety of local brews and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. @smeltertownbrewery




Keep the party going at the 10-12 Lounge

Stroll down Main Street to the upscale 10-12 Lounge. Grab a night cap and enjoy some live music and a pleasant atmosphere. @1012lounge


 

Saturday: Explore and Experience




Breakfast at Violette’s Bakery Café

Start your day with a delightful breakfast at Violette’s Bakery Café. Indulge in freshly baked French pastries, gourmet coffee, and a friendly, inviting ambiance. @violettesbakerycafe




Shopping at Copper Cactus Coffee and Gifts

Head over to Copper Cactus Coffee and Gifts to grab some unique souvenirs. This charming shop offers a wide range of local products and delightful coffee to fuel your adventures. @coppercactus928



Visit the Arizona Copper Art Museum

Immerse yourself in the rich history of copper at the Arizona Copper Art Museum. Explore stunning exhibits showcasing the artistic and functional uses of copper through the ages. @arizonacopperartmuseum




Learn at the Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum

Discover Clarkdale's rich mining history at the Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum. Engage with interactive exhibits and learn about the town's fascinating past. @clarkdalemuseum




Explore Tuzigoot National Monument

Take a short drive to Tuzigoot National Monument to explore ancient Sinagua dwellings. This historical site offers panoramic views of the Verde Valley and an intriguing glimpse into the lives of the Sinagua people. @tuzigootnps




Picnic from Virgin Cheese Company

Pick up a picnic basket from Virgin Cheese Company, featuring artisanal, vegan cheeses. Enjoy your picnic at a scenic spot in Clarkdale, surrounded by nature.



Hike Parsons Trail in the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness

Sycamore Canyon Wilderness encompasses the second largest canyon in Arizona’s red rock country and is considered a lesser known, but equally scenic, cousin of Oak Creek Canyon. Sycamore Canyon Wilderness contains more than 50,000 acres of colorful cliffs, soaring pinnacles, and one of the world’s rarest habitats, a desert riparian area.


While it’s just as beautiful as Oak Creek Canyon, it is much less visited, making it a great alternative to the busy trails in Sedona on the summer weekends.


Coconino National Forest’s Red Rock Ranger District manages the area of Sycamore Canyon near Clarkdale. Here you can find Parsons Trail #144 which heads up the canyon and affords views of red rocks and the creek.


Spend your afternoon hiking Parsons Trail. This beautiful trail offers stunning views, lush vegetation, and a refreshing creek, making it a hiker’s paradise.




Dinner at Hermosillo Hot Dogs

After your hike, enjoy a delicious dinner at Hermosillo Hot Dogs. Savor their famous Sonoran-style hot dogs and other tasty treats. @hermosillohotdogs_




Sunset at Chateau Tumbleweed

End your day with a spectacular sunset at Chateau Tumbleweed. This local winery offers exquisite wines and breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.


 

Sunday: Relax and Unwind




Morning Massage at Vital Essence Body Work

Start your final day with a relaxing massage or reflexology session at Vital Essence Body Work. Let the expert therapists rejuvenate your body and mind.



Kayak the Verde River with Clarkdale Kayak Company

Experience the beauty of the Verde River up close with a kayaking adventure. Clarkdale Kayak Company offers guided tours that highlight the river’s serene beauty and abundant wildlife. @clarkdale_kayak



Tour the Southwest Wine Center

Visit the Southwest Wine Center to learn about local winemaking. Enjoy a tour of the vineyards and taste some of the finest wines produced in the region. @southwestwinecenter




Dinner at El Toreo

Finish your weekend with a delicious dinner at El Toreo. This local favorite offers authentic Mexican cuisine and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.


 

Clarkdale is truly Arizona’s hidden gem, offering a perfect blend of outdoor adventure, rich history, and vibrant local culture. Whether you're following in Ashley's footsteps or creating your own unique itinerary, you're sure to fall in love with the charm and beauty of Clarkdale.


Have you visited Clarkdale? Share your experiences and tips in the comments below!

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