North-Central Arizona Places

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Verde Valley

Sports and the Outdoors

Black Canyon Trail. This trail is a bit of a slog, rising more than 2,200 feet in 6 miles, but the reward is grand views from the gray cliffs of Verde Valley to the red buttes of Sedona to the blue range of the San Francisco Peaks. AZ 260, 4 miles south of Cottonwood, west on FR 359 4.5 miles, Camp Verde, AZ, 86326.

Prescott National Forest. The Verde Ranger District office of the Prescott National Forest is a good resource for places to hike, fish, and boat along the Verde River. 300 E. AZ 260, Camp Verde, AZ, 86322. 928/567–4121. www.fs.usda.gov/prescott.

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