Enjoy the Verde River this Spring

Now that Spring has definitely set in with temperatures in the high 70s, it is a great time to enjoy one of Sedona Verde Valley’s jewels, the Verde River. The Verde River is one of Arizona’s only two Wild and Scenic Rivers, yet it remains relatively undiscovered as a recreational resource. It’s an excellent place to go fishing, witness wildlife or enjoy a scenic canoe ride. In this blog post, we look at what makes the Verde River so special and some of the best ways to enjoy this river.



It’s an excellent place to fish for a number of species including trout, which the Arizona Game and Fish Department has begun stocking on a put and take basis. You can even take a guided fishing trip if you prefer, rather than striking out on your own! Sedona Fly Fishing Adventures for example is a locally owned guide service with license to do fly fishing in Sedona’s beautiful Oak Creek Canyon and Verde River.


A global initiative of BirdLife International, implemented by Audubon and local partners in the United States, the Important Bird Areas Program (IBA) is an effort to identify and conserve areas that are vital to birds and other biodiversity. The Tutzigoot IBA is a designated IBA and the birding is wonderful here – especially during Spring migration. This is the home of the Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival held every year and coming up in a couple of weeks. Species observed at this event will often total 200! The iconic Common Black Hawk is more easily seen here than anywhere else in the Southwest.


Over the last 25 years, the Verde River’s reputation as a destination for kayakers of all levels of expertise has grown. Clarkdale Kayak Co. offers guided tours in one of the most beautiful parts of the Verde River. As you cruise down the Verde you’ll find yourself immersed in a whole new world as you float past 900 year old ruins of the ancient Sinagua Culture. This wilderness environment is composed of red rocks, canyons, lush desert forests and a wide variety of unique wildlife. It’s a magical place that you have to see to believe.

And remember, the Verde River is a beautiful but also fragile ecosystem. No matter which activity you decide to do, leave no trace and help preserve the Verde River for generations to come!