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One of my favorite destinations, Jerome offers a respite from the summer heat of the valley below - and getting there is half the fun. The twisting, winding road is frequented by motorcyclists. See spectacular views while ascending the steep road leading up to Jerome; then treat yourself to a fascinating town, fun shops and restaurants, and a copper museum.

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Bring your walking shoes and take time to stroll the curving streets, "hairpin" turns and steep grades.

Jerome Arizona Jerome, Arizona is a favorite destination for artists, bicylists, motorcyclists and tourists. Nestled on the east side of Cleopatra Hill (part of the Black Hills), between Prescott and Sedona on state route 89A, Jerome offers panoramic views of the Verde River Valley below. What once was a "ghost town" is now a fun, historic place to explore. Unique boutiques and eateries abound.

Learn about Jerome's history through a tour of the Jerome Historical Society Mine Museum.

The trip up the mountain provides breathtaking vistas. Not for the faint-hearted, the roads are twisting and steep; however they are paved and in good condition all the way up. Bring a camera and binoculars to take advantage of the spectacular views.

Lodging is available in Jerome and nearby towns.

The road to Jerome is open 365 days per year. At an elevation of over 5,000 feet, roads can be icy in winter months.

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From Sedona, take 89A south to Jerome. From Prescott, take 89A north to Jerome.

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accessible travel Accessibility
Many buildings hang off the sides of the cliffs, supported by wood beams and retaining walls, and are accessible by stairs only. Parking is limited, with most people parking on the narrow streets. Due to the sharp turns and steep grade, getting around the entire town would be a challenge for a scooter or wheelchair, but is possible. Handicap parking is available, and street level stores are accessible. A private, handicap accessible restroom is located on the far north end of town, on the left side of the fire station (left as you face the station). A twenty minute parking stall is provided for the restroom. This private restroom is especially nice for children and adults needing special assistance. Additional public parking is available on the right side, to the back of the fire station.
travel with children Children
Restaurants are casual and there is sufficient variety to satisfy people of all ages. Many stores are "child friendly" (fun trinkets rather than priceless art treasures), but many contain jewelry, photographs, paintings and other forms of art that might make parents a bit nervous.

If you stop along the highway on the way up, watch children carefully. The highway is busy and there are steep cliffs and areas without railings.
travel with pets Pets
As in any town, pets are not allowed in restaurants or shops. Pullovers are available at scenic locations. These allow a pet to stretch his legs. For the safety of your pet, keep him leashed at all times. The highway can be busy, and there are steep drop-offs without railings along the road. Pets can dehydrate quickly; bring plenty of water and a bowl. Allow your pet to rest in shady areas as needed. NEVER leave a pet unattended in a vehicle. ALWAYS clean up after your pet.