- In Central Arizona from the town of Cottonwood to near Phoenix
- Year round
DescriptionThe Verde River is one of Arizona’s major perennial rivers and a treasured resource in the central part of the state. Free flowing for most of its length, it provides lush riparian habitat, abundant wildlife, diverse recreational opportunities, and spectacular scenery.
The majority of the upper and lower Verde River passes through national forestlands that are open to public recreation of all kinds. Fishing, boating, swimming, picnicking, camping, birdwatching, and sightseeing are all popular activities.
The lower river is designated a Wild and Scenic River and offers the opportunity to fish by boat from Beasley Flat to Childs..Resident and migratory birds abound throughout the river and river otter and beavers are also occasionally seen.
Dispersed camping is allowed in the national forest areas around the river.
No live baitfish may be transported to the Verde River above Horseshoe Dam and only live baitfish caught from the Verde River may be used in the Verde River from Horseshoe Dam to Tuzigoot Bridge.
- Rafting, Canoeing, Kayaking, Fishing
From Highway 89 in Chino Valley, take County Road 70 east 24 miles to junction with CR 72. Turn left and drive ½ mile to Perkinsville Bridge.
Bignotti recreational day use site:
From Interstate 17 in Camp Verde, take Highway 260 west 8 miles to Thousand Trails Road then north on FR#147A to recreational site. Picnic tables and toilets are available. Day use hours are from dusk to dawn.
White Bridge recreational day use site
From Interstate 17 in Camp Verde, take Highway 260 east 4 miles to Horseshoe Bend Road, then quick right into recreational site. Picnic tables and toilets are available. Day use hours are from dusk to dawn.
Beasley Flat recreational day use site
From Interstate 17 in Camp Verde, take Highway 260 east 3 miles to Salt Mine Road, follow Salt Mine Road for 10 miles then left on FR# 529 for 2 miles to recreational site. Picnic tables, toilets, and water are available. Day use hours are from dusk to dawn.
- Stocked Fish
- Picnic Areas