Up The Creek Tour

Our longer river expedition, instruction and beauty, in one trip

Essential Tour Information:

Launch Times:

Two 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!


Tour 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 4+ hours from start to finish. Time spent on the water is typically around 3 hours but is up to the participants as a semi-private tour. Talk with your guide about your specific goals. The shuttle from the boathouse to the river is under 10 minutes, but transportation 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 119 per adult 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 are unfortunately not allowed on the Full Monty as they must be in a tandem and tandems can't be run on this tour. Please see our standard Adventure tour if you have children 12 and under.

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.


  • Professional safety-certified guides (ACA, WFR, OEC, etc) (1 guide per up to 4 guests)
  • Shuttle driver and transportation coordination including hotel pick up
  • Iced bottled water during the tour
  • Kayak, paddles, dry bags, and safety equipment
  • Water shoes for those that did not bring appropriate footwear (up to a maximum of 10)
  • All taxes, insurance, and permit fees on all guided trips.

Project Description

Looking for a little more time and mileage on the Verde River @ Clarkdale? With 2 more miles on water and a chance to see an area others seldom get to, beginner and veteran river runners alike enjoy the extra physical challenge, the chance to learn some expedition skills, and an exclusive opportunity on the Verde. Two trip launch times to choose from each day means you can always enjoy perfect weather and with the trip strictly limited to 4 people, you will get a more private experience. Come paddle with our experienced guides and learn a little about expedition paddling, a little about the environment, and a little about a very treasured area.

Tour pricing includes all boats and safety equipment, transportation, skilled guides and instructors, 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