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North Central Arizona

Red Rocks, Ghost Towns & Pioneer Charm

Located far above the greater Phoenix area, North Central Arizona is a varied, vibrant region home to four distinct seasons, each offering something new for visitors to explore. From the brilliant red rocks of Sedona and the jagged Mogollon Rim above Payson to miles of sprawling pine forests, hidden lakes and trails, North Central Arizona is a picturesque combination of high-country scenery and rugged charm.

Whether you seek a break from warm weather in the summer or a crisp respite dusted with fresh snow in the winter, North Central Arizona has it – plus plenty of intriguing towns and out-of-the-way places to explore. Learn more about North Central Arizona’s top destinations below:

Most Popular Destinations

  • Globe-Miami
    Set in the foothills of the Pinal Mountains, the Globe-Miami area is made up of two historic towns and more than a century of history. Originally founded as silver-mining towns, Globe and Miami are home to lovely turn-of-the-century downtowns and cottages. Learn more about visiting the Globe-Miami area >>
  • Sedona
    A panorama of unforgettable sights unfolds before you from the moment you enter this friendly town full of resorts, camping, recreation, art and spirituality. From the rich red sandstone buttes that rise above the city to nearby Oak Creek Canyon, a thickly forested gorge known for colorful rock formations, Sedona is simply a must-see. Learn more about visiting Sedona, Arizona >>
  • Prescott
    Teeming with Victorian homes and turn-of-the-century saloons, Prescott, Arizona is known for its Wild West past – as well as its charming present. From the 1918 Yavapai County Courthouse, downtown’s neoclassical anchor, to Whiskey Row, where Arizona’s gunslingers drank and fought, Prescott has plenty of fascinating history and architecture – as well as the world’s oldest annual rodeo. Learn more about Prescott, Arizona vacations >>
  • Payson
    Perched just below the Mogollon Rim, Payson, Arizona is perfect for campers, hikers, anglers and anyone who loves the outdoors. Within a stone’s throw of three national forests – Sitgreaves, Tonto and Coconino – as well as natural wonders like Tonto Natural Bridge, the city offers visitors a scenic jumping-off point for adventures of all kinds. Learn more about visiting Payson, Arizona >>
  • Jerome
    Located along a steep hillside full of hairpin turns and shocking drop-offs, this old ghost town has life in it yet. Once called the "Wickedest Town in the West," Jerome was a budding city of brothels and saloons back at the turn of the century, when copper mining was king. Today, it’s known for its local artists and galleries, as well as a hearty number of "haunted" locations. Learn more about visiting Jerome, Arizona >>
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