One of Arizona's treasures, so sad when it closed. BUT a wonderful renovation and fresh paint inside and out (original historic colors) have it OPEN for business again. The views alone are worth a trip, the valley that spreads below is vast and lovely, especially with summer clouds and pending storms. Arizona started with mining, and you won't find a more historic representation of it than here. World class mineral specimens, and you can wander at will through the mansion, watch a video, shop the gift shop or ask the knowledgeable park employees about the Park (or the area, they know it well). Love to picnic on the nice green lawn outside under the trees, it's shaded and with a breeze acceptable even on a hot day. Roses in bloom, ripe pomegranates and well tended landscaping outside (with interesting mineral specimens and mining implements) can keep you occupied outside as well.
Easy access (but steep drive up, if you're not used to winding roads, be alert ;-) Only 35 minutes from Sedona, so a nice day trip, and about 20 from Verde Valley Cottonwood/Clarkdale Camp Verde area. Watch out for antelope on the hillsides on the way up.
NOTE: Turn RIGHT off the road up the hill, watch for the Park sign. Jerome itself (the town) is ABOVE the Park, to return to it, just turn RIGHT at the stop sign when you reconnect to the main road from the Park. And stop at the old headframe that's just outside the Park f ence, you can look down into the mine (through glass).
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