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How to Spend a Day in Cottonwood, Arizona These days, the small city of Cottonwood is often touted as the center of Arizona’s growing wine industry. But, its roots go a lot deeper than that. A historic river town, Cottonwood is almost right in the middle of Arizona. This town is kind of a bridge between the desert and the mountains. Fairly mild weather brings visitors throughout the year to enjoy almost panoramic vistas of mountains, mesas and buttes. Beyond the wineries and tasting rooms, this fresh and vibrant community in the remarkably green Verde Valley is an intriguing blend of its own. Read on for our ideas on how to make the most of a daylong visit to experience much of what this charming city has to offer. Image Source: Ken Lund on Flickr About Cottonwood, Arizona In Yavapai County, between Prescott and Sedona, the community was established in 1879 after first serving as a U.S. Army outpost. Its name comes from the large cottonwood trees along the Verde River. The first settlers here enjoyed a quiet farming lifestyle. But, within a few decades Cottonwood built up a busy business center. So big that it became known as “the Biggest Little Town in Arizona.” Today’s Cottonwood has a population of just over 12,000. It’s probably best known to many travelers as a thruway to the red rocks region. But, it has enough laid-back allure of its own to snare many repeat visitors. At around 3,300 feet above sea […]