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Camp Verde
Camp Verde at a Glance
Population: 11,800

City Hall: Town of Camp Verde, PO Box 710, 473 S. Main St., Suite 102, Camp Verde AZ 86322

Phone: (928) 567-6631; Fax, (928) 567-9061.

Mayor: Bob Burnside, (928) 567-6631, ext. 307

Community Development Director: Nancy Buckel, (928) 567-6631, ext. 116

Camp Verde Marshal’s Office: Marshal Dave Smith (928) 567-6621

Camp Verde Fire: Fire Chief Phil Harbeson, (928) 567-9401

Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce: Director Tracie Schimikowsky, (928) 567-9294

Water Companies: Camp Verde Water System. 499 S. Sixth St., Camp Verde, AZ 86322, 928-567-5281; Verde Lakes Water Co., 2876 Verde Lakes Dr. Camp Verde, AZ 86322, 928-567-4338

Incorporated on Dec. 8, 1986, the Town of Camp Verde may seem young, but its history reaches back to the very beginnings of the Arizona Territory and the ensuing the Indian Wars.

Located adjacent to Interstate 17 and State Route 260 Camp Verde serves as the gateway to the Verde Valley.

The town and other organizations use the downtown area for an assortment of festivals and events throughout the year. They include Fort Verde Days in October, Cornfest in July, the Crawdad & Shrimp Festival in June, Pecan, Wine and Antique Festival in February and a Christmas Parade of Lights. From June to October, the Verde Valley Farmer’s Market is held in the town ramada just off Main Street every Saturday morning and offers all locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Fort Verde State Historic Park, Montezuma Castle National Monument, Out of Africa Wildlife Park and Cliff Castle Casino all serve to make the town a stop on anyone’s tour of central and northern Arizona.

And let’s not forget the Verde River, one of Arizona’s last free flowing desert streams, which flows from one end of town to the other. The river is not only a source of pride among the residents but also offers fishing, boating and other recreational opportunities for visitors.

Camp Verde is the original Anglo settlement in the Verde Valley, begun when 19 farmers from Prescott took a huge risk and settled near the confluence of the Verde River.

Kept alive by farming and ranching, a smattering of mining operations, most of which were short lived, and its close association with the military at Fort Verde, the community known for years as the lower Verde now makes its living through tourism, the mining of sand and gravel and numerous small businesses.

Camp Verde Unified School District has four schools - a preK-5 elementary school, 6-8 middle school and two high schools. There are also three charter schools and a private Christian school in town.

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