Verde, Arizona, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-III (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||18 fpm|
|VERDE RVR BLW TANGLE CREEK, ABV HORSESHOE DAM, AZ|
|usgs-09508500||0 - 1000 cfs||I-III||00h22m||1690 cfs (too high)|
This is one of the most remote places you can paddle in AZ and takes on average 3-5 days to
complete, pace and flow dependent.
Mostly comprised of read and run Class II/III in a heavily wooded creek zone. Wood plays an ever-present component and includes being heads-up for your next scout.
There is no great take-out access apart from an abandoned ATV trail at Red Creek, and the takeout
at Sheep's Bridge or Horseshoe Reservoir.
Logistics include a 3.5 hour shuttle, so do your homework.
Camping opportunities are plentiful.
LNT principles will be followed!! (That's Leave No Trace)
A groover and firepan are required by USFS. There are two takeouts for this run.
The first is at Sheep's Bridge, or downstream several miles to Horseshoe Bend rez.
"Paddling Arizona" by Tyler Williams.
Also see the other segments:
Perkinsville to Clarkdale
Clarkdale to Camp Verde
Camp Verde to Beasley Flats
Beasely Flats to Childs
Horseshoe Reservoir to Bartlett Reservoir
Bartlett Reservoir to confluence with Salt River
Virgin River Gorge
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
In January 2018, AW received a report of a river-wide strainer at this location. Paddlers need to be aware as they approach the blind corner, of the potential hazard.