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Verde River Paddle Trail, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Sedona > Cottonwood NE
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Distance One Way 12 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,335 feet
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Perennial Creek
Photos Viewed All Mine Following
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8  2014-09-23
Verde River Kayaking 89A - Bignotti Beach
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Preferred   Mar, Jul, Aug, Sep
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The Verde River Paddle Trail officially goes only from Tuzigoot Bridge in Clarkdale to 89A Bridge in Cottonwood, about 6.5 river miles. This section is administered by the Arizona State Parks as the Verde River Greenway Paddle Trail. However, at lower water it's better to put in at 89A bridge, downstream river left, and take out at a Prescott National Forest site called Bignotti Beach, which is well-marked with a sign off Thousand Trails Road. A shorter kayak is preferred due to tight turns. Some sections of the river can be run with water levels as low as 100 cfs, although you'll be scraping rocks from time to time.

Further downstream there is a very popular run, with Class II rapids, called "White Bridge to Beasley Flat" which is a 10-mile run, taking out at a Prescott National Forest site. This run starts off Hwy 260 east of I-17, at the bridge across the river, downstream, river left. Not for absolute beginners, but good for people who have just started learning some kayaking skills.

Wear a PFD, don't paddle alone, go with experienced paddlers if you are a beginner.

Verde River Greenway State Natural Area

A PDF booklet with a lot of information from Arizona State Parks, only goes to 89A bridge.

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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot
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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.

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Ran the Class I/II White Bridge to Beasley Flat section below Camp Verde at about 500 cfs, a bit low (800 - 1000 cfs is ideal) but still fun. The upper section is thick with trees and the river frequently splits into side channels flowing around islands of vegetation, making for potential strainers. Frequent stops to scout the channel ahead and possible portages may be required. After passing the confluence with West Clear Creek the vegetation starts to thin, the terrain becomes rockier and the river channel becomes more defined, making for the best conditions and the most enjoyable rapids. There is good river access and another put-in off Salt Mine Road just above the WCC confluence, making a 4.5 mile run down to Beasley.

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Prescott Forest
Prescott National Forest Pass

Only trailheads with six "amenities" have fees. Amenities are picnic tables, trash, toilet, parking, interpretive signing and security.

Map Drive
FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

To kayak trip
Travel Interstate Highway 17, take Exit 287 and travel west on Highway 260 to Cottonwood. You will continue through Cottonwood on Hwy 89A and go toward Clarkdale. At the first traffic light after turning on to 89A, signs will direct you to turn left to stay on 89A. Go straight through this intersection. This will put you on HISTORIC 89A (designated on the map above as HWY 260) and take you through “Old Town Cottonwood”. As you can tell from the map, Main Street (Historic 89A) does a lot of twisting around. Once you leave Cottonwood you are almost there. Watch for the sign for Tuzigoot. Go on the road to Tuzigoot, cross the Verde River bridge, and turn right onto a dirt track leading to the put-in. There are many other places to put in, however. (See links and text.)
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