Verde - 06. Childs to Horseshoe Reservoir

Verde, Arizona, US


06. Childs to Horseshoe Reservoir (Wilderness Run)

Usual Difficulty I-III (for normal flows)
Length 43 Miles
Avg. Gradient 18 fpm

Red Creek 1

Red Creek 1
Photo taken 09/20/16

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-09508500 0 - 1000 cfs I-III 00h22m 1690 cfs (too high)

River Description

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.


Verde River Guide- Forest Service (USDA)

"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

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-09-24 22:19:12


Stream team editor

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0River-wide strainerN/AHazard

Rapid Descriptions

River-wide strainer (Class N/A)

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.

User Comments

Users can submit comments.
January 30 2018 (353 days ago)
Nathan FeyDetails
AW has received a report of a dangerous river-wide strainer along a blind corner that is likely to
be problematic as the water comes up. It is located at 34.095181, -111.707295.
March 22 2009 (3589 days ago)
x (1)
This stretch can easily be class III+ in places: lots of strainers and VERY remote.