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Arizona whitewater, Verde River

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


CLASS I-II     19 miles
Looking for Class 1-2 canoe trip for my wife and myself (experienced 35+ yrs paddling together) What would be good choices for June in AZ & NM? Says Bob Jackson

Avoid the north end and the reeds. This creates a maze and a nasty situation especially for beginners. Says AZWildGuide

The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page.
    The average Arizona whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. If you
hurry you can run this section in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so why not pack your camp stove too. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Horseshoe Reservoir to Bartlett Reservoir stretch is just one of many. There's camping available near Verde River. The wonderful Arizona scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Verde River beats anything. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either  
way this area has a pretty small number of paddling places. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more. This stretch of Verde River in Yavapai / Maricopa County is 19 miles long and it is classified as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
There's fine hiking along the Club Ranch Trail; Tonto National Forest is worth going to.

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


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Verde River.
 Whitewater Near Verde River:
Verde River, Yavapai / Maricopa County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 19 miles long (Horseshoe Reservoir to Bartlett Reservoir)
Verde River, Maricopa County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 19 miles long (Bartlett Reservoir to confluence with Salt River)
Salt River, Gila County, 23 miles away
      Class -blank- - 12 miles long (Stewart Mountain Dam to Granite Reef Dam)
Verde River, Yavapai County, 24 miles away
      Class I-III - 25 miles long (Childs to Horseshoe Reservoir)
Tonto Creek, Gila County, 25 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 2 miles long (Box)
East Verde River, Gila County, 30 miles away
      Class V+ - 34 miles long (US Route 87 to Verde River confluence)
 Ski Areas Near Verde River:
Arizona Snowbowl, Arizona , 80 miles away, 2300 foot drop, 4 lifts, 32 runs
Williams, Arizona , 82 miles away, 600 foot drop, 2 lifts, 7 runs
 Marinas Near Verde River:
Bartlett Lake Marina, Scottsdale , 7 miles away
 Hotels Near Verde River:
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale, Scottsdale , 17 miles away
Lexington Hotel And Suites Fountain Hills North Scottsdale, Fountain Hills , 19 miles away
CopperWynd Resort, Fountain Hills , 20 miles away
Comfort Inn Fountain Hills - Scottsdale, Fountain Hills , 21 miles away
Rancho Manana Resort, Cave Creek , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Verde River:
Bartlett Flat, Tortilla Flat, 4 miles away
Yellow Cliffs, Tortilla Flat, 4 miles away
Mesquite, Scottsdale, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Verde River:
Table Mountain Trail, Yavapai , 10 miles away,  27.2 hiking miles, 3116 feet elevation difference
Club Ranch Trail, Yavapai , 11 miles away,  25 hiking miles, 3154 feet elevation difference
Verde River Trail Number Eleven, Yavapai , 11 miles away,  14.6 hiking miles, 462 feet elevation difference
Willow Spring Trail, Yavapai , 12 miles away,  34.2 hiking miles, 5105 feet elevation difference
Mazatzal Divide, Yavapai , 15 miles away, 26.3 hiking miles, 4287 feet elevation difference
Barnhardt Trail, Gila , 16 miles away,  11.6 hiking miles, 2143 feet elevation difference
Pipeline Trail, Maricopa , 17 miles away, 6.5 hiking miles, 2229 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Verde River:
Montezuma Castle National Monument, Camp Verde - AZ , 38 miles away
Tuzigoot National Monument, Clarkdale - AZ , 38 miles away
Tonto National Forest, Arizona , 13 miles away
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, Arizona , 27 miles away
Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Verde River:
Rio Verde Country Club, Rio Verde , 12 miles away
Troon North Golf Club, Scottsdale , 17 miles away
Desert Highlands Golf Club, Scottsdale , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Verde River
Horseshoe Reservoir, Maricopa , 5 miles away
Bartlett Reservoir, Maricopa , 7 miles away

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