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Directions, Maps and Site Information: 

Here are directions to, maps and coordinates of and information on our usual observing sites. Links to topographic maps are provided in our Observing Tools section.

 

 Location 

Directions / Maps / Coordinates

Two Trees Observing Site

Directions: The observing site is located between Sedona and Cottonwood off of 89A north of FR525 and west on FR761B. 

Clear Sky Clock for Two Trees, AZ (Use Cottonwood or Sedona)

Coordinates: 34 49' 16.08"N, 111 54' 51.41"W

Cherry
Road
Observing
Site

Directions to Cherry Rd observing site: From the Verde Valley take I-17 south to the Cherry Road exit (Exit 278) and turn right (west) from the freeway. This is also Highway 169. Go west about 5 miles, just beyond marker 10. There is a sign which says "Cherry 6". At the sign, turn left (south). Note: This is the opposite way the arrow on the sign points. You will be on a pretty well-maintained dirt road, however, there are some natural speed bumps, so drive slow. The site is located 0.5 mile south of the hard surfaced Cherry Road. The observing field is a large meadow to your right (west) thru a gate. It is marked with the traditional Boy Scout rock marker, i.e., several rocks stacked on top of each other at the turn off.

Clear Sky Clock for Cherry Road, AZ.

Coordinates: 34.5122N, 112.0571W
Elevation 4400 ft.

Montezuma
Well 

Directions to Montezuma Well observing site: Off of I17, exit at Exit 293. The exit is also known as the Cornville Road exit going west. For the out-of-towners, don't confuse this with the Montezuma Castle exit. Although the Well site is part of the Montezuma Castle National Monument, it is physically separate from the Castle, which is further south. To reach Montezuma's Well, drive east for about 4 miles on Beaver Creek Road. Stay on Beaver Creek Road as it goes past the Montezuma Lake turnoff. The entrance to the site is on the right. 

Site Information: You may find this commercial information link on Montezuma Well interesting.  

Clear Sky? This site does not have a separate clock. Refer to clocks for Cottonwood and Cherry for an approximate forecast.

Coordinates: 34.6488N, 111.7536W
Elevation 3600 ft.

Dead Horse
 Ranch 
State Park

Directions: Take historic 89A in Cottonwood towards Clarkdale. Turn right on North 10th St. Drive past Riverfront Park on the right. The road will swing left, go over the river and swing right.  The entrance to Dead Horse Ranch State Park will be on your right.

Map of park in PDF format: Deadhorse.pdf 

Site Information: Link to AZ State Parks -  Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Clear Sky Clock for Cottonwood, AZ 

Coordinates: 34.7539N, 112.0133W
Elevation: 3350 ft.

Riverfront 
Park

Directions: Take historic 89A in Cottonwood towards Clarkdale. Turn right on North 10th St. Riverfront Park is on the right. 

Clear Sky Clock for Cottonwood, AZ 

Coordinates: 34.7539N, 112.0133W
Elevation: 3350 ft.

Mingus
Mountain Methodist
Camp

Directions: Go 7.7 miles South on 89A from the Jerome fire station and turn left at the "top of Mingus" just past the "Elevation 7023" sign. Follow the road past the forest road  #413 split. Stay left past a large open fenced field on the left. Shortly thereafter the camp buildings will be easily seen on the left. At the camp, watch for the Star Party sign. The total distance on the dirt road from the highway to the camp should be about 2.4 miles. If you are confused, call Bill Kelley.

Map of Mingus Mountain Recreation Area: MingusMountainMC.gif

Clear Sky Clock for Cottonwood, AZ 

Coordinates: 34.6975 N, 112.1245 W
Elevation: 7600 ft.

Red Rock
State Park

Directions: Take 89A South from Sedona towards Cottonwood, turn on Lower Red Rock Loop Road. Park entrance is about three miles on the right.

Map of park in PDF format: Redrock.pdf

Site Information: Link to AZ State Parks - Red Rock State Park

Clear Sky Clock for Sedona, AZ

Coordinates: 34.8125N, 111.8285W
Elevation: 4000 ft.

Verde Valley Medical
Center

Directions: Take Highway 89A (South) from Cottonwood towards Clarkdale, Jerome and Prescott - the highway actually heads West and North West in this section. The entrance to the Medical Center is on the right after you pass Willard. For Club meetings on Saturdays at 7:00PM (telescope making is at 6:00PM), enter the building through the Out-patients' entrance on the left, turn right on the main corridor and walk all the way to the end of the building (the exercise is good for you and medical attention is close at hand) to Conference Room C.

Site Information: Link to VVMC official website.  

Clear Sky Clock for Cottonwood, AZ 

Coordinates: 34.7359N, 112.0273W
Elevation: 3500 ft.