Just south of Montezuma Castle in the town of Camp Verde, this park preserves the remains of Fort Verde, established in 1871 as the third military post in the Verde Valley. The military first came to the Verde Valley in 1865 at the request of settlers who wanted protection from the local Tonto Apache and Yavapai; the tribes had been raiding farms for food after their normal economy was disrupted by the sudden influx of settlers. Between 1873 and 1875, most Indians in the area were rounded up and forced to live on various reservations. An uprising in 1882 led to the last clash between local tribes and Fort Verde’s soldiers; in 1891, Fort Verde was closed down, having accomplished its purpose. The 10-acre park preserves three officers’ quarters, an administration building, and some ruins. The restored buildings house exhibits on the history of the fort and what life was like here in the 19th century. With their gables, white picket fences, and shake-shingle roofs, the buildings of Fort Verde suggest that life at this remote post was not so bad, at least for officers. The park does a great job with events, from horseback riding displays to a vintage baseball game in tribute to the Buffalo Soldiers. Fort Verde Days, a weekend of events, takes place in October; call for details.