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RV Trip to Cottonwood, AZ and Things To Do

Updated: Oct 21, 2021

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I had been to Sedona for work many years ago and always wanted to take my family there; so when we booked an RV Resort 35 minutes away in Cottonwood, AZ, I knew Sedona was on the list of places to go, but also needed to find activities the kids would love as well.

  1. Gold King Mine and Ghost Town - Jerome, AZ

At first sight, this looked like nothing more than a junkyard to me. I was incredibly hesitant to pay money for our family of six to look at junk. I read mixed reviews online and had decided not to go but the kids seemed to want to check it out so I eventually gave in to the pressure. I was so glad that I did. As a family activity, this was the perfect place to go. The kids loved touring the old buildings and imagining what life had been like back in the day. The antiques and collectibles were fun to explore as well as the chickens and goats. It was incredibly hot the day we went and we still had a great time. It was an imaginative place filled with unique memorabilia and endless exploration.

2. The Town of Jerome

If you are looking for a small town with fun shopping, great views, great restaurants and a toilet bowl to toss pennies into, then look no further than Jerome, AZ. We had a hard time choosing where to eat, but landed on the Haunted Hamburger in hopes of experiencing one of the haunts that reside there. The food was average to almost above average, but the views more than made up for it. We enjoyed walking around the town and exploring all the shops the town had to offer. You could easily spend a whole day exploring everything this small town has to offer.

3. Audrey Headframe Park

This historical mine site is located at 55 Douglas Rd, Jerome, AZ 86331. This is a free exhibit that is a quick self-tour around a historical mine. The site is preserved to represent its actual operation equipment and displays an area where you can walk across a glass covering to a mine shaft that is 1900 ft. long (double the size of the statues of liberty).

4. Boynton Canyon Hike Near Sedona

The drive to the hike is stunning and mentally prepares you for the views and scenery that await. We recommend planning an early start of 7 AM if going during the peak season and bring plenty of water. The parking lot fills up quickly and overflow parking is along the street. Red Rock Pass or America the Beautiful Pass required to park at the trailhead. This is rated as an easy hike and is perfect for a family.

Access: Drive 27 miles south from Flagstaff to Sedona on US 89A. Continue through Sedona to Dry Creek Road at the southwest end of town. Turn north (right) on Dry Creek Road and follow the signs to Boynton Canyon. You'll find a parking lot and the trailhead just outside the entrance to the Enchantment Resort.

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