North Central Arizona history is on display at Fort Verde State Historic Park! The well-curated museum experience is a must see for anyone interested in Arizona's military history of the late 1800s. Interactive displays, and staged scenarios help visitors to take a step back in time and feel the history!
Facilities Available at Fort Verde
Visitor Center/Park Store
The Visitor Center includes a bookstore and gift shop, displays, photographs and videos about Indian Scouts. The Visitor Center is open daily but closed on Christmas Day. School and tour groups are welcome to tour the facility and parking is available for buses and RVs right at the park. Living history programs can be provided for your group by calling in advance and add even more memorable qualities to your Fort Verde experience. All facilities and restrooms are accessible within the park.
Museum & Exhibits
The former Military Headquarters building is the main museum with artifacts, photos, videos, and interpretive exhibits focused on delivering the story of the Indian Wars history and lives of those who lived and served at Fort Verde. The lifestyle and possessions of soldiers, Indian Scouts, settlers, doctors, and Native Americans are all on display at this comprehensive museum.
Experience all three historic house museums on Officer's row: Commanding Officer’s Quarters, Bachelors' Quarters and the Doctor’s & Surgeons Quarters, all furnished in the 1880's period.
Eight picnic tables are located within the park and are a great spot to relax, grab a bite to eat, and take in the history of this interactive central Arizona museum. A large ramada is just to the west of the park and is perfect for hosting work events of birthday parties for those history lovers in your life.
Fort Verde Park Rules
- Deposit litter and garbage only in the proper containers. Please “pack it in, pack it out” along walkways and around buildings.
- Use glass and breakable containers only in designated areas and dispose of properly.
- Leave park facilities, structures, signs, artifacts, archeological sites, and other natural resources intact and untouched.
- No camping is allowed at this park.
- Keep motorized vehicles only on improved roadways and proper parking areas. Obey all posted speed limits and traffic signs.
- Commercial use, large public gatherings, and other such events require a special use permit.
- Fireworks displays are not permitted.
- No skateboards or bicycles allowed on porches and walkways.
- Confine fires to designated areas. Fires may be restricted at certain times of the year.
- Keep all pets on a leash, and out of buildings and other designated areas.
Check out several other historic state parks throughout Arizona! These parks paint a comprehensive picture of the varied and interesting history of Arizona.