kayak/canoe - verde river, az - March 18, 2012

Self-support Duckie Andventure. Canoeing in the desert? Sounds about as likely as growing cactus in Minnesota, but the roiling Verde River, which flows through parched central Arizona, is hardly a mirage. The thrills and chills are very real when rafting, canoeing, or kayaking this snow-fed cataract clogged with Class I, II, III, and (depending on the season) IV whitewater. For most of its nearly 200-mile length, the Verde travels against an ever-changing but always breathtaking wilderness backdrop. Located between Flagstaff and Phoenix, the Verde flows south from its headwaters north of Prescott through three national forests that embrace the unique flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert. It's a moderately popular and exceptionally rewarding float adventure, and the Verde owns the distinction of being the only federally designated Wild and Scenic river in Arizona. Contact Steve to register and for actual dates.

Level:Class III
Organizer:Steve Pace
Date:Sun Mar 18 2012 — Mon Mar 26 2012
Meeting Place:Registration required