Arizona’s last free-flowing rivers
Verde River Greenway
The Verde River, one of Arizona’s last free-flowing rivers, sustains a large regional wildlife population as it flows through 36 miles of lush riparian habitat in the Verde Valley. This stretch of river is known as the Verde River Greenway. The 3,300 foot elevation means mild temperatures for hiking along the Verde, canoeing, bird watching, picnicking, fishing, or just wading in the cool water.


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Mission Statement:

Friends of Verde River Greenway, an affiliate of Arizona State Parks Foundation, is a nonprofit organization with the mission to preserve, enhance and promote the scenic, natural, historic, cultural and recreational resources of the Verde River Greenway corridor.
Life along the river changes with each season, giving visitors a glimpse of great blue heron, black hawks, ducks, coyotes, raccoons, mule deer, beavers, frogs, turtles, snakes and toads. The Verde River and surrounding riparian corridor support nearly twenty threatened or endangered species including river otter, southwestern bald eagles, southwestern willow flycatchers, and lowland leopard frogs.

The most significant natural resource in the Greenway, besides the year-round flowing river, is the dense forest of riparian trees and shrubs along its riverbank. This Fremont Cottonwood & Gooding Willow Riparian Gallery Forest is one of five remaining stands in Arizona and one of 20 such stands in the world.



Friends of Verde River Greenway



Friends of Verde River Greenway is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization with the mission to preserve, enhance and promote the scenic, natural, historic, cultural and recreational resources of the Verde River Greenway.

Mission Goals:
  • Increase public awareness of the variety of recreational, natural and historic resources within the Verde River Greenway.

  • Encourage public participation in Verde River Greenway projects and events through volunteer membership in Friends of Verde River Greenway.

  • Establish endowments and/or other funds utilizing individual and corporate sponsorships and donations to support Verde River Greenway programs and projects.

Arizona Gives Day

April 9th, 2014

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Arizona Gives Day

Verde River Run-off

March 29, 2014
Camp Verde
Verde River Runoff

Poker Run

Tapco to Tuzigoot Bridge
April 19, 2014

Verde Poker Run

Birding and Nature Festival

April 24-27, 2014
Verde Birdy

 habitat in the Verde Valley

Verde River Greenway Paddle Map

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Paddle Map 1:
Tuzigoot Bridge to the Highway 89A Bridgeport Bridge

Paddle Map 2:
Beasley Flat to Sheep Bridge

Verde River Access Points:
Guide to Access Points showing mileage