Taking a ride up to Jerome is one of our favorite day trips. Jerome was founded in 1876. It is an infamous “ghost town” in Arizona with an old west appeal. Located on the side of Cleopatra Hill in the Verde Valley, Jerome was once a booming copper mining town.
Things to do in Jerome Arizona
The drive up 89A to the town is filled with twists and turns and is a popular drive for motorcyclists as well as tourists taking a day trip from Phoenix or Sedona. You can easily spend the day or the weekend exploring Jerome.
Jerome State Historic Park
Visit the Douglas Mansion. A stop at the Douglas Mansion located in the Jerome State Historic Park is a great way to start your visit to Jerome to get an overview of the town.
This park sets below the town and offers fabulous views of Jerome and the Verde Valley. The Douglas Mansion was built in 1916, for James Douglas who developed the Little Daisy Mine. Stop in and watch the short video, played every half hour, to learn about the history of the town and about the residents who have lived here.
The home is quite impressive for its time, they also have a 3D underground model of the town which is cool to see. The grounds are home to mining equipment. There is a small entry fee for the park.
Right before the entrance to the state park is the Audrey Shaft Headframe Park. Here you can view the largest wooden headframe in Arizona.
Walk around the large mining equipment, and stand on glass above a 1,900 foot shaft. This area is open from 8 am to 5 pm every day is free to the public.
Jerome’s Historical Mine Museum
The Jerome Historical Mine Museum, located in downtown Jerome, is a small but impressive museum about early residents of the town, copper mining equipment, saloons, and the red light district. This museum takes you back in time with staged rooms to show what it was like to live during that time. depicted through memorabilia, newspapers, possessions of early residents.
Historic Jerome Arizona Ghost Town Buildings
Jerome is home to a small artistic community. The downtown is home to a variety of shops, saloons, and restaurants with a definite old west flair. This old mining town is home to many historic buildings. Just walking around and seeing the historic buildings is a fun way to pass some time.
The sliding jail is one of the town’s original buildings that slid more than 200 feet downhill from its original position. The jail is located on the right side of Hull Avenue and is surrounded by an iron fence.
Jerome is home to many historic buildings. The ruins of the Bartlett Hotel are located on Main Street and was once home to Jerome’s longest running newspaper.
Visit the Shops
Jerome has so many fun boutiques to explore. Stop by the Nelly Bly store to see the largest collection of kaleidoscopes.
Jerome is a busy little town. If you’re tired of walking take a break and a load off and sit on the steps downtown to people watch.
Where to Eat in Jerome
We love food and Jerome has some great places to grab a bit to eat. Some of our favorites include the: Haunted Hamburger (sit outside), Bobby D’s BBQ (get a seat outside), Vaqueros Grill & Cantina (yummy Mexican food and great employees), and The Mine Cafe.
Olive Oil Tasting
Who knew there were so many combinations of olive oils? Stop by Jerome’s Olive Oil Trader on Clark Street to try out some yummy balsamic vinegars and olive oils.
Grab a Drink
The Spirit Room at the 1898 Hotel Connor is a great place to grab a drink in Jerome. They often have local acts here to entertain as well. Wicked City Brew is another great spot to grab a drink.
Sip some Wine
Jerome has several wineries that are part of the Verde Valley wine trail. Stop by and check them out.
Stay in a Haunted Hotel
The Jerome Grand Hotel is said to be one of the most haunted hotels. I can’t say if this is true or not, but the old elevator inside is cool and the balcony views of Jerome and the Verde Valley are outstanding.
Directions: The fastest route from Phoenix is to take I-17 north for a little over an hour. Turn left off on Exit 287. Follow 260 to 89A for about 30 minutes.