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Arizona whitewater, East Verde River

Gila county, US Route 87 to Verde River confluence section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V+     34 miles
Most of the year the section between Payson and where the East Verde meets the Verde does not have enough water to raft. If you were to kayak it, you would be spending most of your time dragging your kayak over the rocks. I would wait till monsoon season to try this section. Otherwise you will be doing a lot of walking. There is an abandoned red Kayak on this stretch that we saw while Hiking this stretch. See if you can find it too. Says
    Mark Donat

The starting point is not too far from Payson, as you can see on the road map further down. This stretch of East Verde River is 34 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class V+ section.
If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. The natural beauty of Arizona and the water flowing gracefully down East Verde River beats anything. There arenít  
any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. A stretch this long is of course too much for a one day trip, so it looks like you will be camping out. The river winds through the Mogollon Rim Mountains and you get great scenery. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp.

East Verde River, US Route 87 to Verde River confluence road map
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These outdoors activities are available near East Verde River.
 Whitewater Near East Verde River:
East Verde River, Gila County, 11 miles away
      Class V+ - 34 miles long (US Route 87 to Verde River confluence)
Verde River, Yavapai County, 13 miles away
      Class I-III - 25 miles long (Childs to Horseshoe Reservoir)
Tonto Creek, Gila County, 22 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 2 miles long (Box)
Verde River, Yavapai / Maricopa County, 22 miles away
      Class I-II - 19 miles long (Horseshoe Reservoir to Bartlett Reservoir)
Verde River, Yavapai County, 23 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7 miles long (Beasley Flat to Gap Creek)
Wet Beaver Creek, Yavapai County, 26 miles away
      Class -blank- - 9 miles long (Beaver Ranger Station to Beaver Creek)
Verde River, Maricopa County, 28 miles away
      Class I-II - 19 miles long (Bartlett Reservoir to confluence with Salt River)
Verde River, Yavapai County, 29 miles away
      Class -blank- - 8 miles long (Camp Verde to Beasley Flat)
Beaver Creek, Yavapai County, 29 miles away
      Class -blank- - 9 miles long (Wet Beaver Creek to Verde River)
 Ski Areas Near East Verde River:
Arizona Snowbowl, Arizona , 61 miles away, 2300 foot drop, 4 lifts, 32 runs
Williams, Arizona , 71 miles away, 600 foot drop, 2 lifts, 7 runs
 Hotels Near East Verde River:
Knights Inn Payson, Payson , 13 miles away
Quality Inn Payson, Payson , 13 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Payson, Payson , 13 miles away
Comfort Inn Payson, Payson , 13 miles away
Days Inn & Suites Payson, Payson , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near East Verde River:
Sharp Creek/Kachina Trailhead, Pine, 7 miles away
Rim Shadows RV Park, Pine, 7 miles away
Pine Creek RV Park, Pine, 7 miles away
 Trails Near East Verde River:
North Peak Trail, Gila , 8 miles away,  8.2 hiking miles, 2380 feet elevation difference
Mazatzal Divide, Yavapai , 11 miles away, 26.3 hiking miles, 4287 feet elevation difference
Willow Spring Trail, Yavapai , 11 miles away,  34.2 hiking miles, 5105 feet elevation difference
Barnhardt Trail, Gila , 12 miles away,  11.6 hiking miles, 2143 feet elevation difference
Table Mountain Trail, Yavapai , 13 miles away,  27.2 hiking miles, 3116 feet elevation difference
Shake Tree Trail, Gila , 14 miles away,  10.2 hiking miles, 2355 feet elevation difference
Towel Creek Trail Sixty Six - Sixty Seven Loop, Yavapai , 14 miles away,  5.8 hiking miles, 2408 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near East Verde River:
Montezuma Castle National Monument, Camp Verde - AZ , 27 miles away
Tuzigoot National Monument, Clarkdale - AZ , 27 miles away
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, Arizona , 4 miles away
Tonto National Forest, Arizona , 19 miles away
Coconino National Forest, Arizona , 23 miles away
 Golf Courses Near East Verde River:
Payson Golf Course, Payson , 11 miles away
Golf Club Chaparral Pines, Payson , 16 miles away
Rim Golf Club, Payson , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near East Verde River
Potato Lake, Coconino , 15 miles away

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