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Camp Verde is one of Arizona’s most famous and busy tourist destination. Scenically located within the Verde Valley, the town is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and those who like a touch of adventure and wildlife during their vacations. The Out of Africa Wildlife Park is the town’s most prominent destination, welcoming thousands of thrill seekers annually. At the Fort Verde State Historical Park, one can indulge in a host of recreational activities such as horseback riding, off-roading, hiking and camping. If you yearn hitting the waters, canoeing, kayaking and fishing are some water-based activities worth trying. The untouched, pristine environs of the town serve as a habitat for beavers, otters, bald eagles, hawks, blue heron and more. If you identify as a history buff, the stunning Montezuma Castle National Monument and the Verde Valley Archaeology Center are just right for you.
Take a break and follow Highway 179 south back to Interstate-17 to the Camp Verde exit 289. Slots, poker, keno and bingo await you in this gaming facility owned and operated by the Yavapai-Apache. There are conference facilities, lodging, multiple restaurants and live entertainment. For families, the 20-lane bowling facility offers safe fun and an on-site Johnny Rockets diner. Nearby attractions include ancient cliff dwellings and ruins at Montezuma's Castle and Well.
Stargazer Pavilion, located next to the Cliff Castle Casino, an outdoor theater is aptly named. The spectators can enjoy music under the sky lined with stars. The likes of LoneStar and Sunshine Band have performed here. Enthralling music and the surrounding environment creates an amazing setting for music lovers.
Head to the Montezuma Castle Visitor Center before venturing into Montezuma Castle National Monument. This center features a small museum depicting exhibits of Sinaguan culture. Other facilities like a bookstore, picnic area and restrooms are also available.
Among the country’s foremost National Monuments, the Montezuma Castle National Monument boasts rich history and heritage. Carved out of a limestone cliff, this prehistoric site is a five-story dwelling. Comprising nearly twenty rooms, this marvelous structure is believed to have taken close to three centuries to complete. Inhabited hundreds of years ago, much of the building is still intact. Apart from gazing at the exquisite site in sheer wonderment, you can visit the museum near the visitor center, which chronicles the stirring history of the region. At the base of the cliffs lies a splendid sycamore grove, which also welcomes visitors for leisurely wanderings.
The Predator Zip Lines at Out of Africa Wildlife Park is a must-have experience for adventure seekers visiting Camp Verde. Go zipping down lush green forestlands that echo the roars of bears, jaguars, wolves and more. Surrounded by breathtaking sights, this adventurous activity offers serenity in its unmatched vistas. Located nearby is a vineyard that can serve as a perfect post-activity celebratory spot, where you can clink your glasses to a thrilling adventure. When in Camp Verde, do book a session with the Predator Zip Lines at Out of Africa Wildlife Park.