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“Interesting, but do your own reading first”

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 older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 4 December 2013

M husband and I wanted to visit this fort because it is the place where the local Apaches (including Geronimo) where basically imprisoned and told to live by farming. This was a rather negative proposition all along, because the Apaches were warriors and raiders who did not farm or even raise cattle; also, the Verde Valley is hardly ideal farming territory, even now (we saw a few hay and sod farms). Geronimo and some of his followers ultimately escaped, but were then hunted down and killed.

Unfortunately, while the park well displays the old fort buildings, and has a museum of Army artifacts (it was closed when we visited, but much can be seen through the windows), it seems to say almost nothing about the whole history of attempts to enclose and settle the Apaches. One gets a real sense that the attitude is "that part is best forgotten." We happen to be of the opinion that even somewhat complex and difficult history is better told than forgotten, so this was disappointing to us.

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Reviewed 15 November 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 7 November 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 16 October 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 15 October 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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