Outdoors in Sedona/Verde Valley

• Arizona State Parks

The Verde Valley has five Arizona State Parks, and three of them are dedicated to outdoors activities. Dead Horse Ranch State Park, 675 Dead Horse Ranch Road, in Cottonwood includes the Verde River Greenway and is the place to go camping on the Verde River. The campground includes facilities for tents, cabins and RVs. There are fishing and boating lagoons. The park also includes access to several mountain biking trails. (928) 634-5283. Slide Rock State Park, 6871 N. 89A, is in the heart of Oak Creek Canyon, north of Sedona, and has attracted people for generations for its natural water slide running along the slippery bed of the creek. It is nestled into the old Pendley orchard and homestead where apples and pears continue to be grown. Several hiking trails originate from the park. (928) 282-3034. Red Rock State Park, 4050 Red Rock Loop Road, Sedona, is an environmental tribute to Arizona and its few natural waterways. In addition to open areas and rich riparian forests, the park includes a visitor center, ramadas and many hiking trails. 928-282-6907.

• Hiking Trails
The Verde Valley and Sedona area has long been a hiking mecca. Maintained by the Coconino National Forest, the Red Rock Country around Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek draws tourists from all over the world for its scenic beauty and great variety of hiking trails for all skill levels. Some areas require a Red Rock Pass. Great trails in the district are also found near Beaver Creek, West Clear Creek and Fossil Creek. The District Ranger Station and Visitor Center are at 8375 State Route 179, just south of the Village of Oak Creek. 928-203-7500 or 203-2900. http://redrockcountry.org. In the Prescott National Forest, there are nine hiking trails near Camp Verde and another 20 on Mingus Mountain and more up Sycamore Canyon near Clarkdale. The trails system continues to be developed, with the ultimate goal of linking all of the Verde Valley communities by trail. Verde Ranger District station is at 300 E. 260, Camp Verde. 928-567-4121. http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott

• Water Sports/Fishing
The Verde Valley has made giant strides in providing more recreational access to the much-treasured Verde River. From Clarkdale to Camp Verde and beyond, boaters, kayakers, canoeists and fishermen can enjoy the adventure. The Arizona Game & Fish Department stocks fish at Mingus Lake, at the top of Mingus Mountain and the fishing hole in Oak Creek Canyon. Arizona State Parks keeps the lakes at Dead Horse Ranch State Park (Verde River Greenway) regularly stocked, as well, and you can also paddle out on the Verde River. In the West Clear Creek Wilderness the creek offers trout and bass, and depending where you fish along the creek, you could be catching wild or farm raised fish. For fishing and other regulations call either the Coconino or Prescott National Forest Service, depending on which area you will be visiting.




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