COVID-19 Reopening Policies and Procedures


After a careful planning process, absent any alternative health advisory, we will be reopening our museum beginning September 1. The safety of our guests, employees, and volunteers is our priority. We continue to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the Arizona Department of Health Services to allow guests to have a safe and enjoyable experience.


We ask our guests to carefully review the list of symptoms below for COVID-19 provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you have had any of these symptoms in the past 14 days, please do not participate in a museum or archaeology tour until you have been tested to confirm you do not have COVID-19.

  • Had a new fever (100.4 or higher, or a sense of having a fever)?

  • Developed a new cough that you cannot attribute to another health condition?

  • Developed shortness of breath that you cannot attribute to another health condition?

  • Developed a new sore throat that you cannot attribute to another health condition?

  • Experienced muscle aches that you cannot attribute to another health condition, or that may have been caused by a specific activity (such as physical exercise)?

  • Been in contact with an individual who has been ill with respiratory complaints or fever, or who you know has tested positive for COVID?

Some individuals may be at a higher risk for COVID-19, as outlined on the CDC’s website. If you are in one of the aforementioned groups, please consult your doctor and make an informed decision on whether to participate in a museum or van tour.

We have taken the following internal steps to provide such an experience.

  • We have increased the sanitization schedule for public areas and high-touch surfaces. All contact points in the museum will be thoroughly sanitized before and after each use, focusing on door handles, hand holds, etc.

  • We have instituted a time-entry system for admission. This provides for a careful re-cleaning of visited areas between visitors. 

  • We have installed a professional air purifier as part of our proactive hygiene strategy.

  • Daily temperature checks will be conducted on all employees and volunteers. Guests may request a touchless temperature of themselves. 

A few additional updates:

  • Guests must acquire admission tickets (even if free) online by credit/debit cards. Onsite ticket sales can be arranged in advance by calling the Center at 928-567-0066 with a credit/debit card. Cash will not be accepted. 

  • Masks or face coverings for museum guests, vendors, and visitors are required. VVAC staff will be wearing face coverings.

  • Library and Archives visits are by appointment only. Researchers and guests will be required to wear masks and gloves in the Library.  These will be provided by VVAC if needed. Email to schedule an appointment.

  • Visits will be limited to 90 minutes, with extensions upon request and availability.

  • Guests will be allowed to bring personal water bottles inside the museum. 

  • If you are not feeling well, or if you have a fever, we ask that you please stay home. If you purchased admission online, we will work with you to refund your ticket or honor it at a future date.


The Museum Store will remain closed for the time being but items are available through our Online Museum Store. You can purchase items for shipping or for curbside pick-up.



  • Touchless temperature screenings may be conducted prior to admittance at the discretion of the guide. Guests with a fever exceeding 100.40 Fahrenheit will not be permitted. Refunds or rain checks may be offered. Guests who believe they have a disability that causes a fever should bring a letter from a doctor stating that the guest’s fever is caused by a disability the guest has no other symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus, therefore, guests must come prepared with their own mask and wear it while in the vehicle. We will provide a face cover if the guest does not have their own mask. Masks will not be required while hiking at a site.

  • All participants on a tour will be required to sign an assumption of the risk and waiver of liability agreement prior to participating in the tour.


  • We have installed a plexiglass barrier between the driver and guests.

  • Follow social distancing recommendations by CDC. All tours will be limited to family members or co-habitating individuals.

  • All guests are encouraged wear a mask while in the vehicle. Masks are optional while hiking outside but social distancing is suggested.


  • All contact points on the vehicle will be thoroughly sanitized before and after each use, focusing on door handles, seat belts, hand holds, etc.


We appreciate your support of these important safety changes that ensures we can provide fun family entertainment in compliance with government and health agency recommendations and requirements

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385 S. Main St., Camp Verde, AZ 86322 


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