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Arizona whitewater, Verde River

Yavapai county, Childs to Horseshoe Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III     25 miles
  The Childs to Horseshoe Reservoir stretch of Verde River is 25 miles long and is a class I-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Arizona are often more challenging than in other states, so don't forget that many runs in this state are not easy. The beautiful scenery of Yavapai County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough
    to come here to paddle. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you
make reservations in advance you're all set. You can enjoy this stretch more if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. The campgrounds here at Verde River are pretty good. The river winds through the Mogollon Rim Mountains and you get great scenery. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is  
an area with plenty of spots for that. If you're coming from Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that.

Briefly about the general area:
What would a location like Verde River be without interesting nearby marks like Mule Shoe Bend. A tour to Red Creek Rapids will fill your soul with wonderful feelings. Near Verde River you discover the Verde River Trail Number Eleven which is a good hiking trail. Going for a hike on the Table Mountain Trail is always a wonderful adventure. Verde River is pretty waterless ordinarily.

Verde River, Childs to Horseshoe Reservoir 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, Yavapai County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 25 miles long (Childs to Horseshoe Reservoir)
Verde River, Yavapai / Maricopa County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 19 miles long (Horseshoe Reservoir to Bartlett Reservoir)
Verde River, Yavapai County, 19 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7 miles long (Beasley Flat to Gap Creek)
Verde River, Maricopa County, 21 miles away
      Class I-II - 19 miles long (Bartlett Reservoir to confluence with Salt River)
East Verde River, Gila County, 25 miles away
      Class V+ - 34 miles long (US Route 87 to Verde River confluence)
Verde River, Yavapai County, 25 miles away
      Class -blank- - 8 miles long (Camp Verde to Beasley Flat)
Beaver Creek, Yavapai County, 28 miles away
      Class -blank- - 9 miles long (Wet Beaver Creek to Verde River)
Wet Beaver Creek, Yavapai County, 28 miles away
      Class -blank- - 9 miles long (Beaver Ranger Station to Beaver Creek)
Tonto Creek, Gila County, 29 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 2 miles long (Box)
 Ski Areas Near Verde River:
Arizona Snowbowl, Arizona , 66 miles away, 2300 foot drop, 4 lifts, 32 runs
Williams, Arizona , 68 miles away, 600 foot drop, 2 lifts, 7 runs
 Marinas Near Verde River:
Bartlett Lake Marina, Scottsdale , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Verde River:
Americas Best Value Inn Show Low, Show Low , 16 miles away
Carefree Resort And Conference Center, Carefree , 25 miles away
Knights Inn Payson, Payson , 26 miles away
Super 8 Camp Verde AZ, Camp Verde , 26 miles away
Comfort Inn Camp Verde, Camp Verde , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Verde River:
Verde River Mile 39.0, Pine, 0 miles away
Verde River Mile 40.1, Scottsdale, 0 miles away
Verde River Mile 35.9, Pine, 1 miles away
 Trails Near Verde River:
Verde River Trail Number Eleven, Yavapai , 3 miles away,  14.6 hiking miles, 462 feet elevation difference
Table Mountain Trail, Yavapai , 10 miles away,  27.2 hiking miles, 3116 feet elevation difference
Nelson Trail Number One Hundred Fifty Nine, Yavapai , 10 miles away, 8.7 hiking miles, 1407 feet elevation difference
Willow Spring Trail, Yavapai , 11 miles away,  34.2 hiking miles, 5105 feet elevation difference
Pine Flat Trail, Yavapai , 12 miles away, 4.1 hiking miles, 1227 feet elevation difference
Cold Water Trail, Yavapai , 14 miles away,  13 hiking miles, 3883 feet elevation difference
Club Ranch Trail, Yavapai , 14 miles away,  25 hiking miles, 3154 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Verde River:
Montezuma Castle National Monument, Camp Verde - AZ , 24 miles away
Tuzigoot National Monument, Clarkdale - AZ , 24 miles away
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, Arizona , 19 miles away
Tonto National Forest, Arizona , 20 miles away
Fort Verde State Historic Park, Arizona , 25 miles away
 Lakes Near Verde River
Horseshoe Reservoir, Maricopa , 11 miles away

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