Main Street of Jerome. Image credit Nick Fox via Shutterstock

8 Cutest Small Towns in Arizona

Arizona is an incredibly popular state for tourists and residents alike. Its capital, Phoenix, was at the top of the list when it comes to fastest-growing cities in the United States for five years in a row until 2020, and it continues to expand at a rapid rate.

Arizona also contains a plethora of small towns within its vast borders. While the state does have desert areas, its diverse landscapes support the growth and development of many counties. It's a treasure chest for people who enjoy the charm of small towns, especially those with the Wild West feel unique to the American Southwest. Today, let us help you plan your next road trip in the Grand Canyon State by highlighting these cute small towns.


Jerome, nestled on a hillside in Arizona.
Jerome, nestled on a hillside in Arizona.

We will start strong here with the rustic town of Jerome. Incorporated into the state of Arizona in 1899, this small town has a population that may vary but retains its small-town charm. Originally founded based on a mining economy, Jerome has since preserved its old-timey Wild West feel. The town now primarily depends on tourism as its main source of income, drawing visitors in search of a taste of Sonoran Desert living.

While there, be sure to check out Jerome State Historic Park to learn more about the area's history, including the American settlers and the indigenous tribes who originally inhabited the area. Natural attractions abound too, with a vast array of hiking and camping options in the surrounding hills. The Woodchute Trail is particularly scenic for those who don't mind a bit of a challenge.


A Church in the Supai Village, Havasupai Indian Reservation, Arizona, United States
A Church in the Supai Village, Havasupai Indian Reservation, Arizona, United States

Did you know that Supai is the only place in the United States where mail is still delivered by mule? This fact alone adds to its quaint charm, making Supai a must-visit destination on any list of cute small towns.

Located in the Grand Canyon, Supai is the capital of the Havasupai Indian Reservation and boasts a population of only 208 permanent residents. The surrounding canyon walls naturally limit the size of this settlement, creating an ideal spot for those looking to explore unique towns off the beaten path. The area's natural beauty is undeniable, with Havasu Falls nearby being one of the most stunning waterfalls in both Arizona and the country.

Visitors to Supai are required to stay for at least one night. Accommodations include campsites and a lodge, and there are several dining options available in and around the village.


Downtown Bisbee located in the Mule Mountains, Arizona
Downtown Bisbee located in the Mule Mountains, Arizona, via Nick Fox /

Bisbee is a haven for architecture enthusiasts. This iconic mining town, located near the Mexican border, features a diverse array of buildings from various time periods. The Art Deco style is prominent at the county house, many homes are built in the Victorian style, and elements of Southwestern and Mexican design are interspersed throughout.

With a population of 4,923 residents, Bisbee also serves as an excellent starting point for exploring the surrounding Mojave Desert. Outside the town, numerous trails wind through nearby canyons, and mine tours are a popular attraction. The Queen Mine Tour, available year-round, is a particularly popular choice for visitors.


The Ceramics Aspe in Arcosanti. Concrete blocks and geometric shapes highlight the Arcosanti architecture.
The Ceramics Aspe in Arcosanti. Concrete blocks and geometric shapes highlight the Arcosanti architecture.

Arcosanti is a unique and intriguing small town for several reasons. It serves as an experimental model of an environmentally conscious community in the desert and is visually stunning. Despite being thousands of miles away from Southern Europe, Arcosanti bears a resemblance to a coastal Mediterranean town. This design influence makes sense, as the town was conceived and executed by the renowned Italian architect Paolo Soleri, who unfortunately passed away in 2013.

This tiny Arizona town has an estimated population of 80 people. Its economy primarily revolves around bronze bell casting, which is quite distinctive. For those still not captivated, the surrounding desert offers a dream-like landscape for anyone who appreciates the natural, rugged beauty of this part of the world.

For more extensive amenities, a short drive south takes you to the town of Cordes Lakes.


Downtown Sedona, Arizona.
Downtown Sedona, Arizona.

Sedona is one of the more popular towns on this list, famous for its location at the heart of Arizona's wilderness and its array of amenities for tourists.

The town is surrounded by famous state and national forests. Coconino National Forest, a hilly and wooded area, offers excellent hiking and camping opportunities. A short drive north brings you to Slide Rock State Park, a scenic red rock canyon ideal for hiking and cooling off on hot days—and Sedona experiences many hot days during the summer.

With a population of 9,684 residents, Sedona offers a good range of options for visitors, including hotels and motels, high-quality restaurants and bars, and outfitters for local adventures.


Street scene with classic car in front of souvenir shops in Williams, Arizona.
Street scene with classic car in front of souvenir shops in Williams, Arizona.

Heading further north in central Arizona, Williams is an ideal small town for those traveling along the famous, though now-defunct, U.S. Route 66. In fact, it was the last American city to have its section of the legendary Route 66 bypassed by a newer highway.

Williams embraces its identity as a true "Route 66 Town," offering a slice of real Americana. The town features a variety of charming diners, shops, and hotels, making it a convenient stop for those planning to visit the Grand Canyon National Park, located just a short drive north. Notably, Williams is considered the most developed town nearest to the southern side of the Grand Canyon, making it a significant consideration for travelers to this remote area of Arizona.


Historic Allen street with a horse drawn stagecoach in Tombstone
Historic Allen street with a horse drawn stagecoach in Tombstone, via Nick Fox /

Despite its ominous name, Tombstone, located in the southeastern part of the state, is a delightful destination for those seeking a charming Arizona getaway. The town gained fame as the setting for the 1993 movie "Tombstone," which depicted the historical events involving the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday.

Visitors to Tombstone can immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the Wild West. The town has preserved its 19th-century appearance, with wooden and stucco flat-faced facades and horse hitches lining the dirt streets, evoking the era of outlaws and lawmen. The Old Western Theme Park in Tombstone makes you feel like you're stepping back in time, perhaps expecting a high noon shootout.

Accommodations and dining options are plentiful for those staying overnight. Just northwest of the town lies the Coronado National Forest, a stunningly beautiful area ideal for those looking to explore the natural landscape away from urban life.


Historic downtown in Prescott, Arizona
Historic downtown in Prescott, Arizona, via randy andy /

If you're seeking a cooler climate after exploring the deserts of the Southwest, perhaps with some water features, then Prescott should be your next destination. Located at a high elevation of 5,319 feet and near the stunning Watson Lake, Prescott offers a refreshing change of pace.

Despite being the largest town on this list with a population of 45,827, Prescott retains much of the small-town charm that draws people away from big cities. The town is surrounded by historical and natural attractions. Don't miss the diverse range of museums, including the cowboy and Native American-themed Phippen Museum and the Sharlot Hall Museum. Additionally, you can experience the oldest continuously operating rodeo in Prescott during the summer.

A short drive north of the town lies Prescott National Forest, an ideal spot for hikers and campers. However, if you're visiting in the winter months, be prepared for cold and possibly snowy conditions.

Discover These Cute Towns During Your Next Adventure in Arizona

Arizona, known for its rugged beauty, is an excellent state for road trips and weekend getaways. Enhance your adventure by including these charming towns in your itinerary. Whether it's before or after a day in the Southwest's deserts, these destinations offer unique experiences.

From the perfect mom-and-pop watering holes and cowboy-themed hotels to picturesque locales for photography, this selection of towns offers something for everyone. Embrace the diverse experiences they provide during your Arizona travels.

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