Small Wonders of the Verde Valley

Did you know nearly $6 Billion leaves our state each year from Arizonians vacationing in California? Imagine the economic impact of shifting just 10% back into our state!

In an effort to encourage Arizonians to plan "stay-cations" and explore the many wonders of our state, Local First Arizona produces Small Wonders maps that feature independently-owned shopping and dining destinations in various regions throughout Arizona.  These maps find their way into the hands of tourists, students, and local residents longing for unique experiences and adventures in key towns and destinations. The Small Wonders pocket-sized resources are your guides to find locally-owned restaurants, retail shops, and unique experiences in select cities in Arizona. View each Small Wonders map and then conveniently plan your next weekend getaway. 

The Verde Valley Small Wonders

The Verde Valley Small Wonders map features independent businesses from Jerome, Clarkdale, Cottonwood, and Camp Verde; making it a great tool for anyone coming north to explore the diverse, picturesque beauty of the Verde Valley.  Kayaking the Verde River with Clarkdale Kayak Company, wine-tasting with Pillsbury Wine Company, visiting Fort Verde State Park for an historic tour, and grabbing lunch at the Red Rooster Cafe in Old Town Cottonwood, are some of the experiences included. The Verde Valley Small Wonders map provides an array of fun, active adventures as well as ways to relax and and try something new. View the PDF here!

Where have the 50,000 Verde Valley Small Wonders Maps Landed?

 The Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, an LFA partner for Small Wonders Map Distribution

The Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, an LFA partner for Small Wonders Map Distribution

LFA staff has connected with thousands of people - both visitors and Arizonans -  at tourism events, hotels, motels and even the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. We tapped into those looking for unique experiences and adventures and we made sure these spectacular Verde Valley Small Wonders maps made it into their hot little hands.



 LFA Staff passing out small wonders at the Uptown Farmers Market in Phoenix

LFA Staff passing out small wonders at the Uptown Farmers Market in Phoenix

Local First Arizona staff has distributed the Verde Valley maps at over 34 events in the Phoenix area including the World Bazaar at the Phoenix International Market, the Arizona Forward Stewardship Summit, the Full Moon Tap Takeover, the Arizona Living Economy Forum, the 7th Annual Farmer Chef Connection, and farmers’ markets in Scottsdale, Gilbert, Downtown Phoenix, and Uptown Phoenix.  

It has been handed out in Tucson at the University of Arizona Food Day, the Holiday Market, the Buy Local Month Kickoff event, and the Big Green Marana Event among others.

The northern Arizona team has also been distributing the map at local farmers Markets, the Cornucopia Festival, Walkin’ On Main in Cottonwood, Clarktoberfest in Clarkdale and all monthly Local First Arizona mixers & seminars.


Local First Arizona has partnered with many key hotels in Phoenix and the Valley to help distribute the Verde Valley Small Wonders map to their guests. Over 30 hotels in Scottsdale and Phoenix have distributed the Verde Valley resource, including the Wyndham WorldMark, the Mariott Suites Old Town, the Phoenician, the Scottsdale Camelback Resort, the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, Royal Palms, Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak, and Four Points by Sheraton.

We of course hit over 50 key hotels in northern Arizona including Cliff Castle Hotel and Casino, the Verde Valley Inn,  Jerome Grand Hotel, the Hasayampa Inn, Junipine, and L'Auberge.

Other Key Distribution Destinations

We also stocked our maps at the Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau, Arcosanti Tourist Center, Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

Additional northern Arizona locations include the various chambers of commerce in the region, realty offices, Flagstaff Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Camp Verde Visitor’s Center, Milagro Arts Center, Verde Canyon Railroad, Arizona Copper Art Museum, Blazin’ M Ranch, Out of Africa, and various state parks including Dead Horse Ranch State Park, Fort Verde State Park, and Jerome Historic State Park.

THANK YOU to all the local, independent businesses for taking part in this important resource. Your participation is helping to drive tourism into the Verde Valley and keeping more money circulating in your local community. It is the independent businesses that are so critical to Arizona's economic success and make the Verde Valley map a successful tool for all to use and enjoy.