Family fun abounds in this deep desert canyon playground. The trips early class III and gentle class II+ rapids make for interesting floating as you soak in the canyon scenery. Great beaches, sandstone, camping, hiking and history characterize this trip. This is very popular multi-day youth group trip.
Discover Arizona's only Federally designated "Wild and Scenic" River- the Verde River. Carving a spectacular canyon painted by nature in multiple hues of golds, reds and browns, it drops at an average rate of 20 feet per mile. Cottonwoods, Sycamores and Sage grow from the banks, while the sandy beaches beckon you for breaks. Paddle an inflatable kayak or relax in a raft while you are submersed in wilderness fun. Often spotted wildlife includes javelina, black bears, golden eagles, great blue herons, otters, deer and incredible, varied bird life.
The well channeled Verde River allows inflatable kayak trips during the winter season when base flows keep a steady 150-200 cubic feet per second of water flow in the river. These flows offer lots of fun, class II and III white water thrills in the form of a twisting waterway full of chutes and drops interspersed with calm floating. No experience is needed to operate these free flowing and stable 1 person boats, also known as "duckies". Taking on the river in an inflatable kayak, one on one, under the watchful eye of an instructor/guide is an adventurous and rewarding way to experience this beautiful wilderness waterway. During wet years you can experience high-water conditions during late February and March at which times you can expect conventional rafting trips in 14 foot self bailing rafts. However, this water flow is not reliable and can be difficult to catch, making the inflatable kayak the optimal way to experience the magic of the Verde River Canyon.
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