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Classic River Run on the Verde

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    After checking in, you'll be fitted for life vests, finish any necessary paperwork and enjoy a short, scenic ride to the river. During the ride, your driver will point out local sites and overview of the river experience is shared. Once at the riverside, you'll be given a short safety speech and instruction on entering and exiting the boats and paddling technique.
    The Verde River itself offers a fun little beginner drop to put your newly acquired skills to the test right out of the practice area. On the first half of the paddle, you'll leisurely paddle through some classic riparian terrain with plenty of flora and fauna to see along the way. You'll have lots of opportunity to practice your boat handling skills and an opportunity to swim. Many species of birds, turtles, river otters and other animals are often spotted. At the halfway point, you'll break for restroom break and to reload on water or snacks.
    From here, the remainder of the river offers a bit more challenge and excitement. The two class two rapids and a couple of other class one fast parts are all here to offer some thrills without being too intimidating. Kayaks are specifically chosen for this river are very stable and offer lots of control in the rapids. The waves and faster current offer a nice change of pace to end the trip on a high note of beginner friendly fast drops to pump you up for whatever comes next.
    Finally, at the take out at Tuzigoot, you will be returned to the starting location or your hotel where they can change, shower, or otherwise prepare for the rest of their day. If the lunch or dinner options are selected, you will be taken to the Desert Diamond Distillery for a catered meal and personalized tasting with drinks.
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    Reviewed 4 June 2019

    So thankful my friends invited me to tour the beautiful Verde River and glad they hadn't told me it was in a kayak as I probably would've never gone. These long-time tour operators know the river and how to quickly ease my fears of kayaks...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Kelly M
    Reviewed 9 May 2019

    Craig was our guide and he was great! Short drive from Sedona, easy to find, everyone was so nice and helpful. Highlight of our vacation to Sedona!

    Date of experience: May 2019
    1  Thank rbdeborahbeltran
    Reviewed 5 April 2019

    My family of 4 (including a 7-year-old and 5-year-old) had a great time on this adventure! Craig was a great guide and instructor. We did this in early April and all wore bathing suits and were just fine in the kayaks...not cold at all. Short...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    1  Thank nicoleoliverm
    Reviewed 27 October 2018

    We had a great time. Our guide Jeff was great. He was a wealth of information and made sure everything was safe and ready to go. He knew the river well, and knew about the history of the area. We had a group of 6...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    Thank Riverdog_23
    Reviewed 16 August 2018

    From first phone conversation with Dylan to being in the water with Craig and Jeff, a first-class operation. Craig and Jeff were fun and made the trip safe, interesting and LOTS of fun. Perfect for first-timers and experienced kayakers. Thanks to all of you for...More

    Date of experience: August 2018
    Thank Elizabeth D
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    Kormom
    20 February 2019|
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    We require ages 5 to 12 to ride in a double kayak with an adult. We also offer anyone concerned about going alone the opportunity to go with a guide. Contact office at 928-421-1288 with questions about weight.
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