Fort Verde State Historic Park
Experience life through the eyes of a frontier soldier at Fort Verde State Historic Park!
From 1865 to 1891, U.S. Army officers, doctors, families, enlisted men, and scouts lived in a succession of army bases located in the Verde Valley. Replacing the earlier camps of Lincoln and Verde, Fort Verde became the most established military presence in the Valley. The Fort is best known for its use by General Crook’s U.S. Army scouts and soldiers as a base of operation during the American Indian Wars of the 1870s and 1880s. Today, visitors can experience three historic house museums, all with period furnishings, that are listed on the National and State Register of Historic Places. The former fort administration building houses the Visitor Center with interpretive exhibits, artifacts from military life, and history of the American Indian Wars. Fort Verde State Historic Park is the best-preserved example of an American Indian Wars period fort in Arizona. The park periodically schedules living history programs that offer visitors a glimpse into a significant era of Arizona’s history. In addition to the historic buildings and interpretive exhibits, the park has picnic tables, restrooms, RV and tour bus parking, and is ADA accessible. The park is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; closed Christmas Day.