in central Arizona is attractively situated along the Verde River
valley, at the foot of the Black Hills
which rise to a height of 7,815 feet at Mingus Mountain. The valley has a relatively low elevation of 3,300 feet so is mild in winter, and not too hot in summer. There are two main roads through Cottonwood; Hwy 89A (a bypass route) to the south and Broadway or Main Street to the north, along which are found a selection of restaurants and small shops. Broadway continues into the adjacent, smaller town of Clarkdale
, and has turn-offs to two popular parks, both just the far side of the river. Dead Horse Ranch State Park
features lagoons, meadows and riparian woodland, with many hiking trails, while Tuzigoot National Monument
preserves the ruins of a 12th century Sinaguan pueblo. Larger stores and other facilities in Cottonwood are concentrated along a one mile section of Hwy 89A on the south side of town, extending a little way along Hwy 260; these include Wal-Mart and two supermarkets (Safeway, Fry's).
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