Verde River, Sedona Arizona

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Verde River

Among Northern Arizona’s colorful high desert landscape of mesas, buttes, and canyons, weaves the lush vivid green habitat created by the life giving waters of the Verde River. Fed from a network of springs, this precious river meets with Oak Creek, Beaver Creek, Clear Creek, and Fossil Creek on a 195-mile stretch to its eventual connection with the Salt River.

What can I do can I do/see at the Verde River?

In additional to sustaining life for Arizona plant and wildlife, the Verde River is a site for popular recreation site for Arizona residents and visitors to respectfully explore and enjoy.

  • River Running: The flowing water of the Verde River, especially in spring with the extra rush of snowmelt from the north, allows for great kayaking, whitewater rafting, and tubing.
  • Fishing: Fish the clear green waters for native carp, bass, sunfish and occasionally trout, which are stocked by Arizona Fish and Game Department. Boating is also permitted in the river.
  • Swimming: Visit one of the day use picnic areas along the river and cool off in the refreshing water on a warm summer day.
  • Wildlife: The Verde River accounts for most of Arizona’s precious riparian habitats. Bring your camera and be on the lookout for many different species of amphibians, reptiles, fish, birds, insects, as well as coyote, deer, beavers, and more.
  • Trails: The Verde River also offers a network of many nearby trails where you can enjoy hiking and mountain biking.

Where is the Verde River?

From Sedona, take Hwy 179 south to I-17. Turn right to merge onto I-17 south. Take exit 287 for Az-260 and turn left onto AZ-260 toward Camp Verde. River access can be found at White Bridge, Beasley Flats, and near Childs Power Plant.

When is the Verde River open?

Most of the river recreation areas are open year round unless otherwise specified.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121

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Verde River Citizen's Alliance

The Verde River Citizen's Alliance promotes the preservation and conservation of the Verde River.