Sponsored By:

Verde Independent

Camp Verde Bugle

Fit Kids of Arizona

Verde Canyon Railroad


Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival

Cottonwood Chamber

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Arizona State Parks

Desert Rose Bed & Breakfast

The Walton Family Foundation

Western National Parks Association

City of Cottonwood

Blazin' M Ranch


Sustainable Arizona

Sustainable Arizona

The Nature Conservancy


9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Come One - Come All to celebrate our river.

Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood will celebrate its 25th annual Verde River Day on Saturday, September 28, 2013. Arizona State Parks has waived park entrance fees for all visitors attending the event. All of the activities are at no cost, thanks to the many exhibitors and sponsors.

Verde River Day promotes preservation and care of the environment by showcasing informative exhibits on the Verde's unique riparian habitat.

Some of the day's events include a climbing wall, organized canoe and kayak rides, sand castle building, and nature-based exhibits. Guests of all ages are welcome to fish in the lagoon that is loaded with hundreds of pounds of catfish. Poles, bait and tackle are provided for all ages. No fishing license is needed. There will be a wide range of entertainment throughout the day.

Enjoy the best pancake breakfast. Non-Profit Food vendors will be cooking up Indian Fry bread, hot dogs and Hamburgers for nominal fees.

Try pottery making by hand and take your creation home with you . See the live birds and reptiles.

Verde River Day was organized in 1988 to promote awareness of the Verde River's distinctive riparian habitat, where 85 percent of all wildlife in the area looks for sustenance.

For more information about Verde River Day, call (928) 634-5283.

Scavenger Hunt sponsored by Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition (VWRC) partners

The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Friends of Verde River Greenway, Verde NRCD Education Center and Verde River Valley Nature Organization (VRVNO) will host a photo scavenger hunt to educate children about the Verde River Watershed. To participate, come to the VWRC Ramada (TNC,FVRG, Verde NRCD) and check out a digital camera (collateral such as parent car keys required). While collecting photos of items from a list children will learn about the importance of plants, animals and the Verde River. After completing the scavenger hunt children will be rewarded with a TNC T-shirt and other prizes.

One for the Verde is a collaboration between Verde Valley businesses and dedicated nonprofits to support restoration, preservation, water flow enhancement, river access and habitat protection activities along the Verde River and Oak Creek in the Verde Valley. Our projects help:

    Restore water flows in the Verde River
    Preserve riparian areas and habitats
    Obtain conservation easements
    Improve water quality in our watershed
    Open scenic access to the river
    Create Verde River Eco-Destination
    Protect our open spaces and viewsheds

Thanks to these businesses for their participation.

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