On the eastern slope of Cleopatra Hill, at an elevation of 5,200 feet is the mining town of Jerome with its sloped rooftops; winding streets; and reminders of its heyday as a mining town. It’s no wonder the city is designated a historic landmark; it is certainly a must-see for any lover of frontier and/or mining history — just minutes from Cottonwood and Clarkdale, Arizona.
Since Jerome sits at a mile high in elevation, the average daytime temperatures are lower than the rest of the towns in the Verde Valley. Average daily highs are in the 50s during the winter and low 90s in the heat of the summer.
Jerome is a thriving, year-round artist colony with a population close to 500. The town includes several dozen fine galleries, restaurants, artist cooperatives and one of a kind gift shops – from raku and jewelry to kaleidoscopes. Visiting The Mine Museum and Jerome State Historic Park are excellent ways to sample the rich history of this colorful old west mining town.
Next to Sedona, Jerome is the most visited tourism destination in the Verde Valley and is a definite “must” to put on your travel agenda.