Unguided Verde River @ Clarkdale Adventure

A tour without the guide, see adventure and nature, at your pace.

Essential Trip Information:

Launch Times:

Multiple launches are possible throughout the day. Regularly scheduled launch times are 10am and 2pm, please be at the boat house at least 45 minutes prior. Call to make a reservation or find out which slots are open today!


Trip launches from our office at 551 N Main Street, Cottonwood, AZ 86326. The van will put you on at an access point called Lower Tapco and pick you up at a point called Tuzigoot River Access.


Plan for 3-4 hours from start to finish. Time spent on the water is typically around 2 hours but if you wish to spend more or less time, talk with your driver about your specific plans to be sure the van is there when you need it. The shuttle from the boathouse to the river is under 10 minutes, but drive time to and from your hotel may be up to 35 minutes depending on where in the Verde Valley you are staying.


We keep it simple so pricing is 65 per adult and 55 per child including all necessary transportation costs, taxes and fees and charitable contributions. We do offer many specials as well though so please call for any current group discounts or other specials.


Those 12 and under must be in a tandem with an adult. There isn't necessarily a minimum age, but children must be a minimum of 50 lbs to go on a tour.

Make sure to bring:

Clothing appropriate for the weather, plus water shoes/sandals/old sneakers as your feet will get wet. Footwear must be worn at all times. Sunglasses, sunscreen, towel, camera, medications, lip balm, hat and anything else you want to bring, but remember, it will get wet! Dry bags may be rented for a small fee if needed.


  • Shuttle driver and transportation to/from river
  • Kayak of choice, paddles, dry bags, and safety equipment
  • Discounted rentals on water shoes, dry bags, etc.
  • All taxes, insurance, and permit fees on all trips.
  • Please note, you must have previous experience on this section of river by way of a guided trip to book unguided

Call 928.421.1288 to book now!

Visit Site

Project Description

Much like our Guided Trip on the Verde River @ Clarkdale, this run allows for beginners and veteran river runners alike but you must have at least one trip prior experience on this run to book it. Beautiful scenery, historic ruins, calm water, class two rapids and lots of variety are the name of the game here. This river stretch offers opportunities to swim, to play, to picnic and to sight see. Multiple trip launch times to choose from each day means you can always enjoy perfect weather no matter the season. If you are looking for a pristine, friendly, beautiful paddle, then check out this very treasured area.

Trip pricing includes all boats and safety equipment, transportation,and all taxes and fees that go to help preserve, protect, and improve the access of the Verde River @ Clarkdale including charitable contributions to One for the Verde and educational initiatives throughout the community.

Project Details

Dates: Year Round
Permitter or Partner: permitted by the Town of Clarkdale