Learn about the orbs, ghosts, hauntings and mysteries of Old Town Cottonwood and the Verde Valley.
Guided Night Tour on the Streets
Starts from the Cottonwood Hotel
Scheduled Tours only (48 hrs. in advance). Available Sunday thru Thursday evenings.
Digital cameras a must for orb chasing…
$30 per person
4 person minimum or $120 for less than 4, tax not included
1.5 hr plus
Old Town Phenomenon
Historic Bootlegging Tour
Bootlegging, Moonshiners & Spirits Legacy of Prohibition: Old Town Wild West Tour
Hear the stories to why Cottonwood was called “The BIGGEST little Town in the State of Arizona!”
Learn the towns bootlegging history and how this town was too tough to die during prohibition. Here about the backroom gambling houses, blind pigs, speakeasies and the tunnels that connected businesses underground to hide their stock of illegal booze from raids and hijacking. Why did the prohibition agents turn a blind eye to Cottonwood? Why was Al Capone here? Mae West?
Join the fun and have a Special 3-Pour Flight of Wine Tasting at Pillsbury Wine Co. tasting room
$30 per person (includes wine tasting)
1.5 hr plus
4 person minimum or $120 for less than 4 people
Elvis 'Stay Away, Joe' Tour
This is a great tour to learn a little about the Verde Valley, from Old Town Cottonwood to uptown Sedona,to the love of nature, movie locations and where Elvis played... Verde River, Sedona Vortexes (vortices), and more.
Hollywood Legends & Locally Filmed Movie Tour
John Wayne, Mae West, Elvis Presley andJon Cryer are only a few movie stars, starlets, and world renown people that have walked the streets in Old Town on Main Street in Cottonwood, Arizona’s Commercial Historic District.Come and learn this areas movie history and eat, sleep and stand where Hollywood Legions left an imprint. Bring your camera.
Tour starts at the Cottonwood Hotel featuring movie locations for:
• 1946, ‘Angel & the Badman’ starring John Wayne & Gail Russell
• 1946, ‘Desert Fury’, starring ‘Liz Scott, Burt Lancaster, John Hodiac, Mary Astor, Wendell Corey
• 1967 Filming of 'Stay Away, Joe" starring Elvis Presley, co-starring Burgess Meredith, Joan Blondell, Katy Jurado • 1987, ‘Dudes’ starring Jon Cryer, Daniel Roebuck
John Wayne & Elvis both bought western wear at the old Robinsons Clothier Western Wear Shop, which was located below and adjoining the Cottonwood Hotel. Wayne exclusively wore Lucchese cowboy boots, which today you can purchase the Dukes favorite brand from the Alley Cat after your tour.
John Wayne and Gail Russell romanced at the historic Cottonwood Hotel several times during their 1946 filming of ‘Angel & the Badman’. Their ‘secret’, but not so secret romance, was carried on at the hotel, as it was just a few doors down from the old Rialto Theater. Before day break, they would sneak back into Sedona, where the other film crew lodged.
During the filming of his Wayne’s leading role in ‘Angel & the Badman’, he was known to have purchased a bottle of aspirin for his headache at the local Drugstore which was on the corner across from the Cottonwood Hotel. Since his father was a pharmacist, he liked to chat up the local pharmacist. (future Verde Valley Olive Oil Traders)
The old Rialto Theater (today’s Tavern Grille location), brought in nearly 150 locally filmed movies to do what was called a ‘Rush’. This was when the directors, producers and movie stars all gathered to review their progress of the filming.
Some John Wayne facts:
John Wayne born May 26, 1907, died Jun 11, 1979.
Wayne’s favorite drink was Sauza Commemorativo Tequila with a lemon and chipped ice. When he wasn’t drinking that, he generally had cola, grenadine & Jack Daniels on the rocks.
Home Interier of 1928 Spanish Colonial Revival
Tour a Spanish Revival Colonial Home
CLICK Photo to see more of Cate's Gallery
Italian Gelato Sampling at Crema's. You'll just have to buy some!
This mysterious cellar once lead into a bootlegging tunnel
Take a private Elvis Tour and stop at movie locations. eMail Karen
Sedona Vortex Tours
• Red Rock Crossing ~ Cathedral Rock • Airport Vortex