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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, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed November 15, 2013

Got to Fort Verde State Park on a Tuesday when travelling from Payson to Sedona. It was closed! Seems an odd time to close but evidently this is their schedule. All the buildings were locked up but we were at least able to walk the grounds and read the information signage. Pretty boring but I'm sure it would have been better if the buildings were opened and perhaps employees to answer questions. Probably won't make a trip back. Stay on the interstate and go to Montezuma Castle and Well.

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Reviewed November 7, 2013

By the end of our week in Sedona, we had seen a lot of the major sites and enjoyed the outdoor activities and adventures. It was time (in the mom's opinion, at least!) for a little educational outing. I had been reading "Vanishing Arizona," a memoir from an Army wife who was stationed with her soldier husband to various western outposts in the late 1800s. After visiting Fort Verde, I could envision exactly the life she described. The site has a small museum, with nice exhibits and a good selection of books for sale. You can enter the three extant buildings, including a bachelor's barracks and a doctor's house. It was hot out there in the desert, so try to go as early as you can. I can't imagine living there! On your way out of town, you can spot some "ghost town" type buildings, including an old jail and a hotel.

1  Thank LiveSmall,TravelBig
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

If you get to the Fort and judge the book by it's cover, don't. The Fort has a lot of information about the area and the employees are very knowledgeable.

Thank laidbackaz
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

By chance we visited Camp Verde on the Camp Verde weekend so there was plenty going on in the town - demonstrations of typical military activities from the 19th century in the fort grounds, a procession in the streets etc. The entrance ticket includes the museum which gives a good picture of army life of the time as well as entry to the 3 surviving original buildings in the fort.

Thank Claremont77
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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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