Arizona: To the desert and beyond...
More complex than outsiders might realize...Not all desert, but the desert is beautiful...

Map icon place
Post display cropped open uri20121206 28821 1bx9t8h?1438293025

Still Standing, Still Open...

Large arrow left

Jerome commands big-sky views from its mile-high perch on Cleopatra Hill: look out over red rock mesas and volcanic peaks while standing above a network of 88 miles of mine shafts descending over 4,000 ft.

Founded in 1876, Jerome's population fell from its 1920s boom of some fifteen thousand to a dwindling fifty-something in the 1950s; it almost became a ghost town. Day-tripping visitors hungry for Old West ambiance keep it alive today in its post-copper-bust reincarnation. (Sedona is just up the road.) Plenty of haunted Victorian bricks remain, along with art galleries, jewelry designers, and saloons still frequented by leather-chapped regulars.

Mexican, Irish, Chinese, Italian, and Croatian miners once climbed up and down these hilly streets; on weekends now, art collectors, college kids, and bandanna'd bikers stream into the town that 444 residents still call home.

(A 90-mile drive from Phoenix, it makes for a great day trip if you're in central Arizona. And just a few miles from Jerome are the well-preserved pre-Columbian hilltop ruins of Tuzigoot National Monument.)

Large arrow right
read moreread less>
Thumb 41d265abf04caa8f68baa752a16f3879?1383771860
by Joseph Cyr
AFAR Local Expert
I've been here
No one has been here. Be the first.
Does this place need a closer look by our editors? Let us know.