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Upper Verde River Wildlife Area, AZ

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HAZ reminds you to respect the ruins. Please read the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 & Ruins Etiquette
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Distance One Way 0 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,567 feet
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Ruins & Perennial Creek
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author avatar Guides 16,882
Routes 16,052
Photos 24
Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
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Preferred   Apr, Mar, Nov, Oct
Sun  6:14am - 6:34pm
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Overview: 1,100 acre protected wetlands wildlife habitat area located at the headwaters of the Verde River. Land is owned and managed by the Arizona Game & Fish.

Wildlife Area Rules: No motorized vehicle travel; No open fires; No firewood cutting or gathering; No camping; No discharge of firearms within one-mile radius of parking area; Dogs must remain on leash except for hunting; Do not chase, harass, or feed wildlife; Pack out all trash

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

Most recent Triplog Review
Upper Verde River Wildlife Area
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Verde River Headwaters

I came hear for an afternoon exploratory trip while helping out on a deer hunt with friends and family south of Williams. It was only about 40 minutes from our camp. This is truly a special place. I'm so hooked. I spent the entire afternoon down there. I just didn't want to leave. The Verde River literally starts about 1.5 miles upstream. I had no idea. The water is beautifully clear and running with amazing flow. It's just an incredible river valley to experience in person. Surprising amount of Indian history also... In one hike, I stumbled onto one full ruin site above the river and found pottery on an open dirt slope just laying out in the open. This is also a great place for birding and wildlife viewing. Bass were swimming in the pools. Lots of beaver activity along the river. Dams and lodges all along the river. It's just a great place to hang out and relax. It's everything you could ever ask for if you're in to this kind of stuff. I can't wait to come back in the early summer and spend more time exploring downstream. I'm bringing my rod next time. Those bass were calling my name.


Fall color was just about done for the most part. Most of the cottonwoods have been blown out from wind. Some leaves remaining. One particular unknown tree was prime with wonderful rust colored leaves. Still really beautiful overall.

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Map Drive
FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

To hike
Access is north of Paulden off State Route 89 via Verde Ranch Road.
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