Welcome to Thunder Valley Rally in Historic Old Town Cottonwood
Welcome to Thunder Valley Rally in Historic Old Town Cottonwood. Old Town Cottonwood—founded in 1879—is rich with history from our bootlegging past. It's one of the last prohibition-era towns left in the west. While here you will walk the streets the same as Mae West, John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Burt Lancaster and Jon Cryer have done in the past. Old Town Cottonwood became a haven for those seeking freedom from the regulation of nearby company towns Clarkdale, Clemenceau and Jerome. Old Town is nestled between the Black Hills mountain range, Sedona and Jerome. Thunder Valley Rally will provide you with breathtaking rides through the Verde Valley, allow you to scale the 7,815 ft. peak of Mingus Mountain and descend down 89A with more than 100 curves. We are proud of our community, heritage and local businesses. Please support them and enjoy their charm.
Fun bits of information provided by the Cottonwood Hotel:
- The 1932 Air Show brought Amelia Earheart, Gladys O’Donnell (first Women’s Air Derby), Hollywood movie stunt pilots and more to Cottonwood.
- Cottonwood to Sedona is 14 miles when hiking the Lime Kiln Trail, a historic wagon trail. If you’re driving it's 16 miles taking today's historic Route 89A.
- 1928 Clarkdale Bank Robbers Earl Nelson and Lee Forrester hid out in the Cottonwood Hotel before making their move on the $50,000 bank heist in Clarkdale!
- One of America’s MOST WANTED was found locked up in the old Cottonwood Arizona jail by Sheriff Everick "Buck" Snoody. The suspect was then picked up by the Los Angeles PD, taken back to California and sentenced to death...The 1967 Dragnet series “The Hammer” (was based on this true story)... DRAGNET: Season 1, Episode 7 – Aired: 3/2/1967
- The Civic Club was used as barracks for the defense department's World War II flight school which trained Naval cadets in the early to middle 1940s.
- Recent archeologist, dowser finds entrances to Cottonwood’s bootlegging tunnels.
- Voted number 9 on Lonely Planet’s top 10 destinations in the nation for 2013.
- 2012: Winner of the Governor’s Tourism Award and Governor's Excellence in Economic Development Award.
Madame Mayor Diane Joens
City of Cottonwood