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.
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.
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.