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Cottonwood, Arizona

Photo of Cottonwood in background from Jerome Arizona. Photo: The Verde Independent.


Cottonwood was incorporated in November 1960 and has grown from a small farming community to the Verde Valley’s population center. It’s located in Yavapai County, between Prescott and Sedona. 

The Verde Valley includes about 714 square miles located in the geographic center of Arizona, about 100 miles north of the Phoenix metropolitan area. The Verde River runs through the valley from northwest to southeast and is augmented by flows from Sycamore Canyon, Oak Creek, Beaver Creek, and West Clear Creek. The area has a variety of physical beauty with the red rocks and Mogollon Rim to the north and east, and the Black Hills and Mingus Mountain dominating the western and southern portions of the valley. Since 2001 Cottonwood has pursued the acquisition of the private water companies serving the area and with those acquisitions the City of Cottonwood has become a fullservice municipality.




International Dark Sky Community


827 North Main Street
Cottonwood, AZ 86326 U.S.A.
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Tel.: 928-634-5526

Land Area

43 km2


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Click here to find ideal environmental conditions for viewing the night sky in Cottonwood, AZ (34.7442, -112.01944). Don’t forget to plan your trip during the new moon and astronomical twilight to enhance the viewing experience!