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 restores, preserves and promotes the natural, cultural, scenic and
recreational resources of the Verde River and its tributaries.
A healthy, resilient Verde Watershed that sustains free flowing rivers and streams, robust local
economies and a rich quality of life for current and future generations.
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 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's Cottonwood & Gooding's
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.
- We commit to the principles of truth and honesty. We are transparent and credible,
ensuring public trust.
- We believe our work is accomplished through voluntary, inclusive partnerships and
ideas which empower others to be committed and engaged.
- We are guided by long-term environmental stewardship and economic viability.
- We honor the traditions and individual rights of our diverse community.
- We proactively engage in 'boots on the ground' projects guided by sound conservation principles.