In 1865, the U.S. Army established Camp Lincoln, later called Camp Verde and Fort Verde. There were no fortified walls at Fort Verde since the Yavapais and Apaches never attacked any of the 43 forts in the Arizona territory.
Fort Verde State Park's museum is surrounded by a picket fence. The historic outpost with worn wooden floors tells the stories of central Arizona's Indian wars. Artifacts include a bugle (at right) found in 1878 on the Little Bighorn battlefield. Buglers played it in the Arizona territory until 1886.
Today, Camp Verde is home to a farming and ranching community with the Verde River keeping the valley appropriately green. The
Yavpapai-Apache Nation occupies the nearby Middle Verde community west of town and operates the Cliff Castle Casino.
Montezuma Castle National Monument, Verde Valley Archaeology Center and the Out of Africa Wildlife Park are among Camp Verde's other tourism attractions.
Elevation: 3,160 feet