I live in Camp Verde which sound similar to the town your talking about. The main differinces being the population (10,000+), and amount of farmable land. A major downside of CV is that we have just alittle bit too many people to feed off the amount of land we have, and I-17 and 260 criss cross straight through town. Also Cottonwood is right next to us and if SHTF I'm sure we'd have most of those people flooding over here. A major plus thoguh is the abundence of native plants speicies that are edible (mesquite grows like a weed around here) and we have many large mines, both and abandoned and operational, which could be used for shelter and resources. The biggest plus for any town in AZ is water and the Verde River hasn't completely dried up in 30 years and that was once in a drought. If properly rationed the river could support most of the town. All in all I think I'm in a decent locations, just wish there less people and it was a little more out of the way. The town your talking about sound superior to my town in every way, but how big is the river? If a sinlge human being needs two gallons of water to just survive then think about all the water it would take to feed, wash, power, and cook an entire town. Like I mentioned the Verde River is just slightly too small to fill the needs of my town, and the towns up river could suck it dry before it ever gets to us.