Camp Verde, Az 86322 ph 9282032900
This popular day use area is the trailhead for several trails. While there is a permanent vault-type toilet installed here, there is no trash pickup. Please practice Leave No Trace principals and PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT!
For maps of the area, see the following web pages:
626, Forest Grove Way, Camp Verde, Az 86322 ph 9282032900
The deep, rocky canyon cut by West Clear Creek, as it slices its way free of the Mogollon rim, is home to West Clear Creek Wilderness, one of the most unique Wilderness Areas in the Southwest. This gorge is so narrow that in places the stream fills it from wall to wall. To descend one has to swim or wade, not once but as many as 15 or 20 times. Lower reaches of the canyon are more accessible and provide excellent places for secluded recreation such as swimming, hiking, trout fishing, and wildlife watching. In addition to the many colorful birds in this area, it is home to some interesting larger creatures such as black bear, javelina, and mountain lion.
Campground Season: All year at Clear Creek Campground near Highway 260. Clear Creek Campground is open year-round.
Attractions: Fishing, camping, waterplay, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, photography
FR 626, Coconino National Forest, Camp Verde, Az 86322 ph 9282040025
Clear Creek is a popular spot for fishing. Non-motorized boaters sometimes put in here for a trip to Beasley Flat, or take out here after floating from White Bridge, but this site is not a very good "boat launch." The river bank is steep and slippery, and the parking lot is not especially close to the river; however, it is possible to launch or take-out at Clear Creek for those who don't have time for the 10-mile float from White Bridge to Beasley Flat and don't mind the inconvenience of a short walk and a less-than-perfect "boat launch." Please note that river conditions vary greatly depending on weather, river level, and other factors. Please plan ahead for a safe and enjoyable experience on the Verde River: Verde River Guide, Hwy 89A - Beasley Flat
FR (708) & Childs Rd. FR (502) Camp Verde, Az 86322 ph 9282032900
Fossil Creek Hotline, 9282264611
PLEASE NOTE: Permits for Lot 09: Fossil Springs Trailhead Parking must now be reserved through the Bob Bear Trailhead permit website . The name of the Fossil Springs Trail has been changed to Bob Bear Trail.
Fossil Creek is a Wild and Scenic River in central Arizona on lands managed by the Coconino and Tonto national forests. The creek flows from its source at Fossil Springs 14 miles to its confluence with the Verde River downstream of the historic and decommissioned Childs power plant. Fossil Creek is one of only two Wild and Scenic rivers in Arizona. At temperatures of 70 degrees Fahrenheit, water gushes out at 20,000 gallons per minute from springs at the bottom of a 1,600 foot deep canyon. Over the years, these calcium-rich waters have laid down huge deposits of a material called travertine. That rock-like substance encases whatever happens to fall into the streambed - forming the fossil-like formations for which the area is named. The Fossil Creek area has very few developed facilities and visitors should be prepared for rustic and remote conditions. There is no camping in the Fossil Creek Permit Area from April 1 through October 1.
125 E. Hollamon Street, Camp Verde. PH 9285673275
Experience life through the eyes of a frontier soldier at Fort Verde State Historic Park. The fort was a base for General Crook’s U.S. Army scouts and soldiers in the 1870s and 1880s. From 1865 – 1891, Camp Lincoln, Camp Verde and Fort Verde were home to officers, doctors, families, enlisted men, and scouts. The park is the best-preserved example of an Indian Wars period fort in Arizona. Several of the original buildings still stand and living history programs are scheduled periodically, giving visitors a glimpse into Arizona’s history. Today visitors can experience three historic house museums, all furnished in the 1880s period, that are listed on the National and State Register of Historic Places. The former Administration building houses the Visitor Center with interpretive exhibits, period artifacts from military life, and history on the Indian Scouts and Indian Wars era. The park offers picnic tables, restrooms, RV and tour bus parking, and is ADA Accessible.
983 W. Finnie Flat Rd. Camp Verde, Az 86322 ph 9285670100
Here at Trails End RV Park (an Adult RV Park) in Camp Verde, Arizona, we provide a very comfortable and quiet RVing experience. From first timer’s to regular “snow birds”, our amenities and helpful staff will make you comfortable during your stay. Our amenities include 39 RV sites with full RV hook-ups that accommodate RVs of any size. Trails End RV Park offers all of the basic amenities, including a propane refill station, dump station, exceptionally clean restrooms with hot showers, and a laundry room with two washers and two dryers. Mother Nature provides everything else.
1472 W. Horseshoe Bend Dr. Camp Verde, Az 86322 ph 9282023409
VERDE RIVER RV RESORT & COTTAGES …joining our family of 11 gorgeous RV resorts, most with perfect 9 / 10+ / 9.5 Good Sam ratings…Open Year Round. Tours of Verde River RV Resort & Cottages available all year round. Select nightly or monthly stays. Come see this “beauty” and reserve your site for the season. Quiet and serene, nestled in the Verde Valley we offer full amenities and the most magnificent desert and mountain vistas you can imagine. Workout in our state of the art Fitness Center and relax by the over sized fire place inside the newly remodeled Clubhouse or take a dip in our huge heated pool. There is so much to do inside the park or all around the
Arizona State Route 260, Camp Verde, Az 86322 ph 9282032900
White Bridge Picnic Site is a developed picnic area with toilets and picnic tables. Access to the Verde River and non-motorized boating, fishing and nature viewing are just some of the activities you will enjoy here. Overnight camping is not permitted at this site
4500 E. AZ-260, Camp Verde. Az 86322 PH 9285674320
A Beautiful Northern Arizona RV Park and Cabin Rental resort near Sedona and the Red Rock attractions. Comfortable RV camping sites on West Clear Creek in Camp Verde, Arizona. The location is unique, with a creek-side path and lots of shade. Our friendly staff will make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. Zane Grey RV Village is open year round to meet your Arizona vacation needs in any season. Zane Grey RV Village is really quite beautiful! A premiere RV park in the Red Rock region of Arizona.
Take advantage of Good Sam Park and Triple A discounts!
39 North Ninth Street, Clarkdale, Az 86324 ph 9286392400
The Town of Clarkdale developed two ADA parking spaces and an approximately 400-foot ADA pathway with funding from a Heritage Grant. The path leads down to the Verde River and a 16' x 24' concrete platform from which visitors can enjoy the sights and sounds of the river and the local birds.
The Tuzigoot River Access Point (TuziRAP) is part of the Verde River Greenway State Natural Area located on property owned by Arizona State Parks and cooperatively managed by the Town of Clarkdale. This area is adjacent to the perennially-flowing Verde River and offers one of only 20 unspoiled stands of Gooding Willow and Cottonwood trees in the world. Over 80% of the wildlife in the area depend on the Verde River and its tributaries for habitat, including several threatened and endangered species.
The site is located at 15 E. Tuzigoot Road in Clarkdale, AZ and is accessed from a gravel driveway that leads to a 4-acre dirt surfaced parking area. In addition to ample general parking, two handicapped-accessible parking spaces are adjacent to an approximately 400 foot ADA pathway that leads to a shaded, scenic overlook of the Verde River. These ADA facilities were funded by a grant from Arizona Game and Fish and their Heritage Grant program.
There is a boat landing area for canoes and kayaks which is used as a take-out area for kayakers and canoes who have floated down the Verde River from the Lower TAPCO River Access Point approximately 4 miles upstream. Launching for a downriver float is not recommended at this site due to downstream seasonal fluctuations in water levels and natural hazards caused by fallen trees and other debris. Boaters are cautioned that they should be prepared to make slow progress below this site, and will face many areas where portage is required. Snags and overgrowth are common barriers for boaters below the Cottonwood Ditch Diversion Dam which is located on the downriver boundary of the Tuzigoot RAP. Those who are unfamiliar with this section of the river are cautioned from proceeding past the diversion dam.
From November through March, the Arizona Game and Fish Department uses the Tuzigoot RAP as a winter trout stocking location, making the area around the Tuzigoot Bridge a favorite fishing spot for locals.
Pets on leash are allowed. Please be aware this is a natural area, frequented by a variety of wildlife. Please watch your pets to keep them safe, and do not allow them to harass wildlife.
Please remember to clean up after your pet, as water quality can be impacted by pet waste. Mutt mitts are usually available in the parking lot area for visitor convenience. Be sure to leave the Verde River clean and healthy for others to enjoy as well!
This area is popular for families and other visitors seeking to enjoy the Verde River and its riparian area. For those willing to get off the hard surfaced path, there are approximately 1,300 feet of riverfront access providing opportunities for picnicking, fishing, bird watching and wading in the river. Photography and hiking along the Verde River are also fun pastimes at this location.
Visitors to the Verde River are encouraged to practice “Leave No Trace” ethics when enjoying the Verde River. As more people discover and enjoy the Verde, we all have a stake in making sure the river stays healthy, continues to provide important habitat for wildlife, and remains an enjoyable, beautiful place for future generations to cherish.
Visitors should pack in/pack out all trash and deposit it in the centralized trash receptacle in the general parking area. Picnicking is encouraged, but campfires are not allowed at the River Access Points or along the river.
11505 E. Lolo Mai Rd, Cornville, Az 86325
Lo Lo Mai Springs Resort is located on Oak Creek, just minutes from Sedona. Visitors have been staying at Lo Lo Mai Springs in RV's, tents and cabins for over 50 years. Our gorgeous sites are surrounded by water and shaded by ancient cottonwoods and soaring sycamores. Our Cabins, RV and tent sites are nestled in the middle of nature, amongst the trees, near the flowing sounds of beautiful Oak Creek.
675 Dead Horse Ranch Rd. Cottonwood, Az 86326
Dead Horse Ranch State Park is located adjacent to and across the Verde River from the community of Cottonwood. It is centrally located near several major population centers such as Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Prescott. When using Dead Horse Ranch as a base, one has a variety of attractions to visit, including: Jerome State Historic Park, Fort Verde State Historic Park, Red Rock State Park, Slide Rock State Park, Tuzigoot National Monument, Montezuma Castle and Well National Monuments, Oak Creek Canyon, Prescott National Forest, Coconino National Forest, and the popular towns of Sedona and Jerome.
Calvin “Cap” Ireys purchased Dead Horse Ranch in 1950. “Cap” told State Parks Director Dennis McCarthy that his children named the ranch. The first time the family looked at the property, they saw a dead horse lying in the field, and after looking at a number of properties “Cap” asked them which one they liked the best. The answer was the one with the dead horse. After they acquired the property, they named it Dead Horse Ranch.
The park is open year-round.
Gates close at dark. Seasonal hours may apply.
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. daily
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily
Thanksgiving: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Park Entrance Fee
Per vehicle (1-4 Adults): $7.00
Forest 104 Route, Cottonwood, Az 86326
Mingus Mountain Campground is located in the Prescott National Forest offering spectacular views of the Verde River Valley, the red rocks of Sedona, and the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff. You’ll need to drive about 3 miles on a (nice) dirt road to get there, but the drive is worth it and not an issues for RVs or trailers.
The first-come first-serve campground has 30 campsites for tents, trailers and RVs (19 with electric hookups). Campsites 1-11 are tent only. Campsites 12-30 are for tents, trailers and RVs. There are also vault toilets, but no drinking water (so bring your own). Each campsite also has a table, fire ring and grill.
Outdoor recreation includes OHVing, mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, stargazing and picnicking. There are a few day-use picnic areas in Mingus Mountain Recreation Area. There’s also a small fishing pond/lake. The historic town of Jerome is a short 11 mile drive down the hill.
Potato Patch is another campground located nearby. It has 40 campsites for tents, trailers and RVs.
5, 6, 8, 10, 13, 14
May 1 – October 31
10thStreet, Cottonwood, Az 86326
The Cottonwood Riverfront Dog Park is located to the west of the youth complex. This is a 1 1/3-acre facility. Closes at 10 PM.
Hwy 260 to Forest Road 147, Toward Thousand Trails RV Park
Pedestrian River access for fishing (no boat launch). See the Verde River Paddle Guide, Hwy 89A - Beasley Flat for information about boating on the Verde River.
How to get there:
Between Cottonwood and Camp Verde, AZ: Take Hwy 260 to Forest Road 147 (toward Thousand Trails RV Park). Follow dirt road straight and take a left just before the entrance to Thousand Trails RV Park. Stay right at the fork in the road (by the winery and vineyards) and follow narrow, winding dirt road to parking lot. Approximately 10 minutes off of paved road. Accessible to all vehicles during dry weather. Not recommended when wet. Free. Open Year Round
2011 Kestrel Road, Cottonwood, Az 86326
At more than six miles long and nearly 480 acres in total size, the Verde River Greenway is an impressive and beautiful natural wonder. A lush forest lines the water and creates a home for a variety of wildlife including great blue heron, black hawks, southwestern bald eagles, coyotes, mule deer, and more. Next to Verde River Greenway is Dead Horse Ranch State Park, the perfect location for camping. In addition to tent and RV sites, you’ll find eight one-room login cabins, which are available by reservation. If you’d rather stay for just the day, Verde River Greenway is within easy reach of Sedona, Prescott, Flagstaff, and Jerome. These historic Northern Arizona towns all offer great lodging options. In addition to hiking, there’s lots of water fun to be had. Swim in the cool water, take a peaceful canoe ride, or cast your bait and try your luck fishing.
6400 E. Thousand Trails Rd. Cottonwood, Az 86326
Naturally Beautiful RV Campground in Arizona
Open Dates: Open Year Round Number of Sites: 340 Reservations (Member): 1-800-388-7788 Reservations (Non-member): 1-888-481-6348 Ranger Station: 928-567-9562 Zone: Southwest
Arizona is known for its expansive desert and mountain backdrops. At Verde Valley RV Camping, you’ll enjoy the best of everything Arizona has to offer. Situated on the scenic Verde River, Verde Valley RV Camping offers 300 acres of picturesque beauty. Explore the majestic Red Rocks to the north, Mingus Mountains to the west and the Hackberry Mountains to the south. With a moderate year-round climate, this RV campground in Arizona is an ideal location for your next retreat.
Jerome, Az 86331
ocated in the Mingus Mountain Area in ponderosa pine forest, this campground offers cool summertime temperatures and fairly easy access via a paved and winding mountain road.
Nearby are Woodchute Wilderness, Woodchute Trail #102, and the historic mining town of Jerome lies 8 miles northeast on U.S. Highway 89A.
Mingus Mountain Brochure (1.86 MB) NOTE- Brochure Correction: Mingus Mountain Campground and Picnic Site do not have electricity available at this time.
The following sites may be reserved from two days to six months in advance through Recreation.gov:
All other sites are available on a first-come-first-served basis. For more information see our Reservation versus First-Come-First-Served Sites FAQs webpage, or contact the Verde Ranger District at 928-567-4121.
Season: May 1 - October 31
Check-in after 2:00 p.m./Check-out by 12:00 noon
From Prescott, take U.S. Highway 89 north past Granite Dells, turn right on Hwy 89A and travel approximately 20 miles to the top of Mingus Mountain. Potato Patch Campground entrance will be to your left (across from the Summit Picnic Area) on Forest Road 106.
From the Verde Ranger Station in Camp Verde, travel approximately 20 miles northwest on Hwy 260 (toward Cottonwood). Turn left on Hwy 89A. Stay on Hwy 89A (watch for a second left turn), then follow the paved and winding mountain road through the town of Jerome and up to the summit on Mingus Mountain. The turn-off to Potato Patch is on the right, across from the Summit Picnic Area.
Forest Service Road 618, Rimrock, Az 86335
Wet Beaver Creek picnic area is a favorite swimming area and has access to great hiking trails. The Bell Trail and the Apache Maid Trail can be accessed from Wet Beaver Creek. Wet Beaver Creek is located at 6825 N Forest Road 618 Rimrock, AZ. Wet Beaver Creek offers creek side picnic tables, grills, running water, and vault toilets. Swimming, hiking, fishing, bird watching, and picnicking are favorite activities at Wet Beaver Creek.
FR 618 to FR 121 to FR 618G
Rimrock, Az 86335
Converted to daytime use only due to potential flash flood.
Rimrock, Az 86335
The Crack on Wet Beaver Creek is an oasis in the desert. There are many spots to stop at along the way early in the hike and each requires a short hike off the main trail. If you choose to hike along the creek on the way in, it will definitely lengthen your time but is well worth the trip. The creek itself is shaded by a canopy of trees which many people enjoy instead of hiking all the way back to The Crack.
There are some informational signs at the parking area that explain the wildlife you might encounter along with the usual safety points. There is a short checklist on one of the info boards but the most importantly is the reminder to bring in at least a gallon of water per person per day. I wouldn't suggest this hike for small children.
You have to pass through a gate at the start of the hike and make sure the gate latches as you pass through. The trail is nice and wide most of the way in until you reach the short ascent just before the hole. Most of the elevation change happens after the swimming hole itself. You begin the trek at the historic Bell Trail which was and is still used to move cattle to the top of the Mogollon Rim (see image below). A mile and a half you will reach the White Mesa Trail on the left. At the 1.75 mile mark you hit the Apache Maid Trail. You hit a fork in the road approximately 2.3 miles in. The Bell Trail leads to the left and the Weir Trail off to the right. Stay left at this point unless you want to do some exploring here. You start ascending at this point and there are a few more ups than downs, but the trail gets more interesting from this point on. Once you reach the Crack, grab a spot and get ready to cool off. The water is cool to cold. and will take your breath away for a second or two. There are two side of the crack and several places to jump from ranging from 8 feet or so to as high as 30 feet. There is access to the pools at the water level on both sides.
To make the hike in easier, bring a nice sized backpack to lug everything in.
AZ-89A, Sedona, Az 86336
At this creek side picnic area you'll have a fishing hole and that's not all. Add spectacular scenery, clear water swimming holes, picturesque hiking trails and excellent wildlife watching (in other words, the standard amenities of Oak Creek Canyon) and it should come as no surprise that these pieces of recreational real estate are in high demand.
The décor at this day-use site is Arizona ash and box elders, gravel beaches and stream-bed boulders. The creek is regularly stocked with trout. Colorful songbirds add a flash of brilliance to the trees.
The A.B.Young Trail leaves from the southernmost end of the grounds. Take steps down to the creek, cross the creek and find an old metal sign indicating the trailhead.
Attractions: Picnia area, fishing, swimming/wading, hiking, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, photography.
Open 8A to dusk
Toilet available. No drinking water is there.
AZ-89A, Sedona, Az 86336
Call of the Canyon Picnic area is known as the trail head for the famous West Fork Trail. The West Fork goes into a slot Canyon off of Oak Creek Canyon. There are huge Canyon walls on either side of you. The trail criss-crosses Oak Creek. There are rocks and logs to help navigate the creek crosses. This area is a favorite for hiking, fishing, bird watching, and photography. Parking is limited. People often wait for parking at this location.
Season Dates: Open Friday Jan 1-Dec 31
Operating Hours: April-Nov 8A-Dusk
General Directions: 17.5 mi south of Flagstaff (9.5 mi north of Sedona) on paved roads in scenic Oak Creek Canyon.
Oak Creek Cliff Dr.
Sedona, Az 86336
333 Red Rock Crossing Rd.
Sedona, Az 86336