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Arizona whitewater, Verde River

Yavapai county, Clarkdale to Camp Verde section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 
  The put-in location is a short drive from Prescott, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Arizona is often tougher than elsewhere, so better not forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. The nature scenery of Yavapai County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. Since you're on this site
    you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. This section is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your
camp stove. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a while will make you glad you came. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Clarkdale to Camp Verde stretch is just one of them. If you'll be staying in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground.

Briefly
 
about the general area:
Don't miss out on a journey to Montezuma Castle National Monument since you're here at Verde River, and Verde River is not far at all from Cornville. Wilbur Canyon is a great site to explore, and as expected, everyone loves Fort Verde State Historic Park. At this river you will never have a bad time. There are splendid spots to explore along the Gaddes Canyon Trail, and Dead Horse Ranch State Park is a good place. Go for a hike on the Mooney Trail. Not much precipitation falls here at Verde River. The wettest month of the year is mostly August, that's the one that rains the most, and June is the month with the least moisture.

Verde River, Clarkdale to Camp Verde 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, 8 miles away
      Class -blank- - 8 miles long (Camp Verde to Beasley Flat)
Verde River, Yavapai County, 8 miles away
      Class -blank- - 28 miles long (Clarkdale to Camp Verde)
Beaver Creek, Yavapai County, 9 miles away
      Class -blank- - 9 miles long (Wet Beaver Creek to Verde River)
Verde River, Yavapai County, 15 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7 miles long (Beasley Flat to Gap Creek)
Wet Beaver Creek, Yavapai County, 17 miles away
      Class -blank- - 9 miles long (Beaver Ranger Station to Beaver Creek)
Oak Creek, Coconino/ Yavapai County, 17 miles away
      Class -blank- - 35 miles long (Pump Stabove Sedona Cornville to Verde River)
Verde River, Yavapai County, 22 miles away
      Class -blank- - 18 miles long (Perkinsville to Clarkdale)
Verde River, Yavapai County, 25 miles away
      Class I-III - 25 miles long (Childs to Horseshoe Reservoir)
 Ski Areas Near Verde River:
Williams, Arizona , 35 miles away, 600 foot drop, 2 lifts, 7 runs
Arizona Snowbowl, Arizona , 41 miles away, 2300 foot drop, 4 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Verde River:
BEST WESTERN Cottonwood Inn, Cottonwood , 5 miles away
Super 8 Cottonwood, Cottonwood , 5 miles away
Desert Rose Bed And Breakfast, Cottonwood , 6 miles away
Quality Inn Cottonwood, Cottonwood , 7 miles away
Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, Camp Verde , 7 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Verde River:
Verde River, Cottonwood, 1 miles away
1,000 Trails Road , Cottonwood, 1 miles away
Verde River Dispersed #2, Cottonwood, 1 miles away
 Trails Near Verde River:
Gaddes Canyon Trail, Yavapai , 13 miles away, 6.6 hiking miles, 2766 feet elevation difference
Mooney Trail, Yavapai , 14 miles away, 6 hiking miles, 1852 feet elevation difference
Woodchute Trail, Yavapai , 15 miles away,  12.6 hiking miles, 2318 feet elevation difference
Casner Mountain Trail Eight, Yavapai , 16 miles away, 6.2 hiking miles, 2312 feet elevation difference
Loy Butte Five, Yavapai , 17 miles away, 4.8 hiking miles, 2111 feet elevation difference
Packard Trail Nmber Sixty Six, Yavapai , 17 miles away,  11.8 hiking miles, 1412 feet elevation difference
Ox Bow Trail Number One Hundred Sixty Three, Yavapai , 18 miles away, 7.2 hiking miles, 3097 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Verde River:
Montezuma Castle National Monument, Camp Verde - AZ , 10 miles away
Tuzigoot National Monument, Clarkdale - AZ , 10 miles away
Dead Horse Ranch State Park, Arizona , 7 miles away
Fort Verde State Historic Park, Arizona , 9 miles away
Red Rock State Park, Arizona , 12 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Verde River:
Verde Santa Fe Golf Club, Cornville , 3 miles away
Pine Shadows Golf Course, Cottonwood , 8 miles away
Beaver Creek Golf Club, Rimrock , 12 miles away

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