Classic Verde River Kayaking

One of our most popular tours!  Recognized as one of Arizona’s only two "Wild & Scenic" rivers, beginner and veteran paddlers alike enjoy the scenery and opportunities to cool off in this lush riparian community.  Multiple trip launch times to choose from each day means you can always enjoy perfect weather no matter the season.  This 3.1 mile stretch of the Verde provides a unique and breathtaking landscape rich with wildlife and steeped in history.  We offer guided and self-guided options.

When you're done head into town for some amazing food and check out one of the many wineries for a tasting.  Or, better yet, pair this with a UTV rental.

Duration:  Approximately 2-3 hours on the water. 

Departs:  Cottonwood, Arizona. Wednesday through Sunday / 9am check-in (10am launch) or 1pm check-in (2pm launch). Alternative days/times available for special groups, please inquire. 

Includes:  Skilled & certified guide(s), kayaks, paddles, safety equipment and roundtrip transportation from boathouse to river.  Footwear must be worn at all times - water shoe rentals available.


Adults (ages 13+) — $99/person* (2-person minimum) for guided and $65/person for self-guided tours.
Adult/child pair (child ages 5-12) or tandem kayaks — $155* for guided and $100 for self-guided tours.


  • Equipment upgrades (optional) — water shoes: $15 purchase / $5 rental; dry bag: $10 purchase / $5 rental
  • Private fee: $300 + regular tour price

*$5.50/person river usage fee due at booking

Season:  Tour is available year round. March 15 through October is prime season for warmer weather; November through March 14 subject to wetsuit usage. 

Skill level:  This is a relaxing float through the desert.  Children 12 and under must be in a tandem with an adult. Children must be a minimum of 5 years old and 50 lbs to go on a tour. Maximum weight 300 lbs. 

Notes:  RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.  Required footwear: shoes that can get wet and will not fall off in the water (no flip flops or bare feet).  Recommended attire includes a hat, clothing appropriate for the expected weather conditions, and sunscreen SPF 30 or higher.  Lockers and changing facilities are available at the boathouse. Don't forget a waterproof camera!

Cancellation Policy:  All half and full day tours have a 7-day cancelation policy.  If your plans change for any reason, please be sure to call at least 7 days prior to the day of your tour to avoid charges.

Classic Verde River Kayaking

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