Located in the heart of Arizona, Jerome makes an ideal base for exploring northern Arizona. Directly above Jerome, Mingus Mountain is a beautiful forested wilderness, with picnic areas and incredible hiking trails. Immediately below Jerome, the wide expanse of the Verde Valley is home to interesting and historic towns which offer entertainments, museums, and modern shopping facilities. Northwest of the valley, the exceptional beauty of Sycamore Canyon is available for those willing to spend an hour driving well-maintained dirt roads.
Legendary Sedona lies about 40 minutes north of Jerome, with unbelievable scenery to enjoy along the way. Sedona’s monumental red rocks are world famous, and the town has become noted for its fine restaurants, upscale shops, and alternative healing practitioners. Jeep tours and hot-air balloon rides are just two ways to view the beautiful landscape.
Less than an hour to the south of Jerome, over a safe yet breathtaking mountain pass, lies Prescott, the County Seat of Yavapai County. This is as close as you are likely to find to an authentic Western town. Its downtown is hilly and delightful, with ornate Victorian homes on every tree-lined avenue. Be sure to check out the Courthouse Square, and its famous Whiskey Row, where many a barroom brawl and heart has been won and lost.
If you have a little more time to spare, Flagstaff lies an hour north of Jerome. Continue north across Old Route 66 and you reach the Grand Canyon — an ideal day trip from Jerome.
Even Phoenix, with its cultural attractions and world-class Botanical Gardens, is only a 2-hour drive away. Jerome’s unique, centralized location makes it an ideal starting point for many explorations.
The Verde Canyon Railroad offers a four-hour ride through a beautiful red-rock landscape.
Attractions include Indian ruins, the authentic Perkinsville ranch featured in the Hollywood movie “How the West Was Won,” and eagle nesting areas.
(Estimated driving time from Jerome: 10 minutes.)
View an area map including the railroad depot.
For additional information, visit the railroad home page.