Nestled between Mingus Mountain to the west and the Mogollon Rim to the east lies a valley that some have called the heart of central Arizona. The Verde Valley, through which the Verde River flows, is a snapshot of the changing lives of Arizonans over millennia. From the centuries-old Tuzigoot National Monument and Montezuma’s Castle to formerly abandoned mining towns like Jerome that have been revived as National Historic Places. As Arizona has grown and evolved, the Verde Valley has evolved as well. Small towns that mined copper in the early 20th century are now home to boutique art galleries, antique shops, and wineries.