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“This was the real western army!”

Fort Verde State Historic Park
Ranked #3 of 22 things to do in Camp Verde
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Winner of the 2015 Arizona Governor's Heritage Preservation Honor Award. Fort Verde is one of the best preserved examples of an Indian Wars period fort in Arizona. This original Military Headquarters is now a museum which contains artifacts, photos, videos, and interpretive exhibits focused on the history and lives of those who lived and served at Fort Verde: soldiers, Indian Scouts, settlers, doctors, and Native Americans. Three of the original homes along Officer's Row are still remaining and furnished with period artifacts.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed September 15, 2013

Being a retired artillery officer, I already knew what the old western forts mostly looked like, but I was surpised and delighted at the opening dig at John Wayne and the western movies. After all, where did they get all those straight logs west of Dallas? The museum and personnel were quite interesting and the staff was helpful and friendly. Authenticity is good, but it would have been nice to have at least blocked off the footprint of all the missing buildings. After all, the fort was for the soldiers, and not the commanding officer's wife! I like the fact that they stressed that Fort Verde normally housed infantry companies and not cavalry. I have to admit I was a bit put off by a very truncated bugle call, which may have been "Retreat" or may have been "To the Color" but hard to tell which it was. In any event, I went into one officers' quarters and the flag flew, but when I left, it had been lowered.

Thank GrandpaGene
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

This state park tells the true story of what a fort was like in the west - very different from the pictures you got from watching Western movies. There is no massive stockade. There is a small museum and serveral restored houses.

Thank Jacklyn S
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

I had some time to kill in Camp Verde and decided to take the time to see the park that I had seen advertised many times while driving by. You start with the museum tour and then proceed across the street to visit 3 homes. They are original and very interesting. I recommend a visit to this interesting piece of history.

Thank Lizzy51_12
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

They have special brochures and activities for children which makes it lots of fun for them and easier to learn and enjoy. We always buy a yearly park pass so we can enjoy all of them in the state whenever we choose.

1  Thank VandVAZ
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

A step back in time to the 1870's worth visiting. Nice little museum and historic officer's quarters.

1  Thank TFDAZ
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