The End of Summer Means Verde River Days

Kayaking in Cottonwood

Kayaking in Cottonwood. Image: Lana Tolleson

Verde River Days marks the end of the summer season in Sedona Verde Valley. Every year, the weekend-long festivities take place on the last Saturday and Sunday of September. Verde River Days is packed with activities, food and refreshments, a Civil War reenactment and more.

Bouldering at 2013 Verde River Days

Bouldering at 2013 Verde River Days. Images from Verde Independent

Entrance fees to Dead Horse Ranch Park are waived for all visitors attending the event. On top of that, all the fun family activities are free thanks to the many exhibitors and sponsors. Most activities promote environmental preservation by showcasing informative exhibits on the Verde River’s important riparian habitat.

Past events have included organized canoe and kayak trips, nature-based exhibits, fishing for catfish in the lagoon, and the opportunity to see live birds and reptiles. Other activities featured in the past include a climbing wall, sandcastle building, and pottery making.

When you get hungry, non-profit food vendors can also be found at Verde River Days. Throughout the weekend, pancakes, Indian fry-bread, hot dogs, and hamburgers will be served for nominal fees.

For the Civil War reenactment, a meadow at Dead Horse Ranch State Park will be transformed into a battlefield. At designated times, Civil War re-enactors march towards each other waving their respective Union or Confederate flags. Then, cannons are fired, shots go off and soldiers drop to the ground all while spectators watch on the sidelines. When there is a lull in the fighting, musicians, also in period costume, play songs once favored by each side.

Exhibit at 2013 Verde River Days

Exhibit at 2013 Verde River Days. Image from: Verde Independent

Come check out all the excitement this year as Sedona Verde Valley celebrates the end of another wonderful summer!

For more information and specific times, click here or call Dead Horse Ranch State Park at (928) 634-5283.