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Arizona whitewater, Verde River

Maricopa county, Bartlett Reservoir to confluence with Salt River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     19 miles
  If you're coming from Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The nature scenery of Arizona and the playfulness of the water beats anything. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you won't find many
    other paddling places. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This is one of a small number of paddling sections
in this river system, there are a few others too. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so why not pack your camping stuff too. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. The Bartlett Reservoir to confluence with Salt River stretch of Verde River in Arizona is 19 miles long and is rated by  
    American Whitewater as a class I-II section. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp.

Briefly about the general area:
Malpais Canyon is a splendid site to stop by close by; there are plenty
  of people from Rio Verde here. Take a hike on the Pipeline Trail. Verde River gets very little rainfall. The month of December is the wettest with most of the rain while June is the month with the least amount of precipitation. High temperatures at Verde River through the warm months are in the 100's. Summer night lows plunge down to the 70's. The wintertime comes with highs in the 60's, and night lows at Verde River during the winter mostly dip into the 30's.

Verde River, Bartlett Reservoir to confluence with Salt River road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Verde River.
 Whitewater Near Verde River:
Verde River, Maricopa County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 19 miles long (Bartlett Reservoir to confluence with Salt River)
Salt River, Gila County, 10 miles away
      Class -blank- - 12 miles long (Stewart Mountain Dam to Granite Reef Dam)
Verde River, Yavapai / Maricopa County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 19 miles long (Horseshoe Reservoir to Bartlett Reservoir)
Whitewater Outfitter - River Proof, Maricopa County, 20 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Desert Voyagers, Maricopa County, 22 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Tonto Creek, Gila County, 30 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 2 miles long (Box)
 Ski Areas Near Verde River:
Mount Lemmon Ski Valley, Arizona , 93 miles away, 950 foot drop, 3 lifts, 18 runs
Arizona Snowbowl, Arizona , 95 miles away, 2300 foot drop, 4 lifts, 32 runs
Williams, Arizona , 96 miles away, 600 foot drop, 2 lifts, 7 runs
 Marinas Near Verde River:
Saguaro Lake Marina, Mesa , 9 miles away
Bartlett Lake Marina, Scottsdale , 13 miles away
Canyon Lake Marina And Campground, Apache Junction , 18 miles away
Canyon Lake Marina Canyon Lake, Mesa , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Verde River:
Lexington Hotel And Suites Fountain Hills North Scottsdale, Fountain Hills , 7 miles away
Comfort Inn Fountain Hills, Fountain Hills , 8 miles away
The Inn At Eagle Mountain, Fountain Hills , 10 miles away
Courtyard Scottsdale At Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale , 12 miles away
Westgate Painted Mountain Country Club, Mesa , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Verde River:
Box Bar, Rio Verde, 3 miles away
Needle Rock, Rio Verde, 5 miles away
McDowell Mountain Regional Park, Rio Verde, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Verde River:
Pipeline Trail, Maricopa , 15 miles away, 6.5 hiking miles, 2229 feet elevation difference
Pine Mountain Trail, Maricopa , 18 miles away, 4.3 hiking miles, 1829 feet elevation difference
Boulder Creek Trail, Maricopa , 18 miles away, 4.5 hiking miles, 1533 feet elevation difference
Second Water Trail, Maricopa , 19 miles away,  6 hiking miles, 534 feet elevation difference
Soldier Camp Trail, Maricopa , 20 miles away,  14.4 hiking miles, 2657 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Verde River:
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Coolidge - AZ , 42 miles away
Tonto National Monument, Roosevelt - AZ , 45 miles away
Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona , 17 miles away
Tonto National Forest, Arizona , 20 miles away
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, Arizona , 39 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Verde River:
Rio Verde Country Club, Rio Verde , 3 miles away
Tonto Verde Golf Club, Rio Verde , 4 miles away
Ranch Golf Course, Rio Verde , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Verde River
Bartlett Reservoir, Maricopa , 8 miles away
Maxwell Lake, Maricopa , 8 miles away
Saguaro Lake, Maricopa , 10 miles away

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