robinstuff wrote:Hi, can anyone tell me if it is possible to hike to Verde Hot Springs in the winter? My main concern is how to cross the river. Also can the road to the camp site be driven in by car and if so, how many miles is it from the main, paved road? Thanks in advance, Rob
justind145 wrote:I did forget to add however that with the neccessary equipment and planning it can be a very good hike. Not sure about crossing the river in the winter however, check stream data and local weather before you go. Expect a full day. If Verde Hot Spring doesn't work out, checkout Castle Hot Springs, out near Lake Pleasant on the NNW side of Phoenix.
Authorities: Man slips crossing Verde River, drowns
The Arizona Republic
Mar. 18, 2010
A man who authorities say attempted to cross the Verde River to reach Verde Hot Springs on Wednesday was swept away and drowned.
Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies responded to reports around 1:45 p.m. that a man had been swept away in the Verde River near the Fossil Creek area between Camp Verde and Strawberry.
The man reportedly tried crossing from the east side of the river, from rock to rock, when he lost his footing and fell in, according Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies.
Friends attempted to help him out of the river but were unable to reach him, deputies said. At one point, the man tried to hold onto a tree, but the swift current caused him to lose grip.
A state Department of Public Safety ranger out of Flagstaff began conducting an aerial search and around 4:30 p.m., the crew spotted a body about a quarter of mile south of the hot springs. The man was hung up against a tree and submerged, deputies said. The Sedona Fire District Swift Water Rescue Team recovered the body just before nightfall. Further details were pending.
Yavapai County Sheriff's rescue personnel urge people to be aware of the dangers of river waters. They warn that river banks are swollen from rainstorms this winter and that the current in some areas is five times faster than normal.
azdesertfather wrote:Authorities: Man slips crossing Verde River, drowns
big_load wrote:I can't imagine anyone trying to cross the Verde now. The water looked pretty angry when I drove by on Monday.
My husband and I drove down fossil springs road yesterday (March 30) from Strawberry. It was very passable although much steeper than I expected. I found it a bit nerve racking, but no problem really.
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