Jerome State Historic Park centers around the historic Douglas Mansion and the once booming copper mines below it in the northeast Black Hills of Yavapai County. This historic house, built in 1916 by James Douglas, now features a mining museum, outdoor displays and a picnic area that overlooks beautiful Verde Valley. This unique state park just outside of Jerome is only 28 miles west of Sedona and 112 miles north of Phoenix.
Activities at Jerome State Historic Park
Discover this restored mansion during your visit. Explore its rooms, displays, artifacts and historic photographs depicting life in a mining town circa 1900. And then have a picnic lunch while taking in the spectacular panoramic view of the Verde Valley and the historic (and possibly haunted) town of Jerome.
Here are some of the many activities that you can do during your visit to this Arizona state Park:
Douglas Mansion at Jerome State Historic Park
The picturesque Douglas Mansion sits on a hill overlooking the park and surrounding area. When this historic 1916 house was built it lay above the Little Daisy Mine and was intended to be not only the Douglas’ home but also a hotel for visiting mining officials and investors.
This regal house featured a wine cellar, billiard room and steam heat and was constructed from adobe bricks made on site. The library and upstairs bathroom have been restored as period rooms and the adjacent ‘Carriage House’ houses a buggy and a ‘Smokey Joe’ (1929 Ford Model A truck).
A dormitory for the miners, Little Daisy Hotel, was built nearby and its structure still stands today.
Museum & Exhibits at Jerome State Historic Park
The museum showcases the Jerome area, mining and the Douglas family through historic photographs, artifacts and hands-on displays. A theater shows a video on the history of the Jerome mine and a 3D model gives you a closer look at how the Jerome mining tunnels extended for miles beneath the city.
Wildlife Viewing at Jerome State Historic Park
During your visit to Jerome State Historic Park and the surrounding areas you will see a lot of nature and wildlife – rabbits, deer, squirrels, foxes, skunks, javelinas, coyotes, snakes, raptors and songbirds. As well as woodpeckers, sparrows, owls, golden eagles, hawks, cardinals, warblers and hummingbirds.
Pets at Jerome State Historic Park
Pets are allowed at Jerome State Historic Park but must be attended to at all times and kept on a leash no longer than six-feet. Please clean up after your pet. Pets are not allowed inside any facility buildings (service animals are not considered pets).
Become a Junior Ranger at Jerome State Historic Park
Junior Ranger Pledge: ‘As an Arizona State Parks Junior Ranger, I pledge to help the park rangers protect and preserve habitat, wildlife, and help keep the park clean and safe for visitors and wildlife.’
Encourage younger generations to do their part and help preserve the beauty of the parks for future visitors. If your child is between the ages of 6-12 they can become a Junior Ranger at Jerome State Historic Park.
All they need to do is download and complete the Junior Ranger Activity Sheet and then request a Junior Ranger booklet at the park’s visitor center once you’ve arrived at the park. Complete each of the activities during your stay.
When all of the activities have been completed report back to a Park Ranger who will swear your Junior Ranger in and award them with a Junior Ranger Button. Kids can become a Junior Ranger at most Arizona State Parks and earn each park’s unique Junior Ranger Button. Check out the For Kids section on each park’s website.
Lodging Near Jerome State Historic Park
Since Jerome State Historic Park is only a day use park you may be searching for somewhere close by to spend the night. Decide whether you want to camp, stay in your RV or a hotel and check out the following nearby options.
Jerome Grand Hotel
Beautiful 1926 Spanish Mission-style full service hotel located on a high ridge in the Verde Valley only a ½ mile from Jerome State Historic Park.
The Connor Hotel
Historic pet-friendly hotel located across the street from the Mine Museum and only .8 miles from Jerome State Historic Park.
Potato Patch Campground
Nestled among the ponderosa pine forest and close to the town of Jerome, this campground has space for tents, trailers and RVs. Some sites have electric hookups. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring, grill and access to water and vault toilets.
Attractions Near Jerome State Historic Park
Audrey Shaft Headframe Park
Right next door to Jerome State Historic Park and open daily 8 am to 5 pm. Stand on the glass above the 1,900 ft shaft (taller than the highest point of the Empire State Building!) of the largest headframe still standing in Arizona.
Dead Horse Ranch State Park
Hike, mountain bike, ride horses, canoe, fish and more at this state park only 10 miles away. A campground and camping cabins are also available.
This small mining town, set high atop the steep slopes of Cleopatra Hill, has spectacular views across the valley. Visit this area and see the interesting buildings, shops, galleries and restaurants. And learn more about this so-called ghost town and its rich history.
Wear comfortable shoes, everything is either up or down the hill.
Open year round
Park & Facility; Museum & Park Store – Hours:
10:00am – 4:00pm Daily
Park Entrance Fees:
– Adult (14+): $7.00
– Youth (7–13): $4.00
– Child (0–6): FREE
Jerome State Historic Park
100 Douglas Rd
Jerome, AZ 86331
Here is a short YouTube video showcasing several attractions at Jerome State Historic Park: