We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Classic River Run on the Verde

Select Date and Travellers
2 travellers
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
Low Price GuaranteeNo Booking Fees
    What to Expect
    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.
    Show More
    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Centrally located in Cottonwood AZ, approximately 30 minutes or less from all parts of the Verde Valley.
    • Bottled water
    • Professional guide
    • All necessary equipment provided (kayak, paddle and life jacket). Optional rental equipment such as water shoes and dry bags available at an additional charge
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • The listed price does not include a $5.50 permit fee, payable at the time of tour check-in
    Show More
    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Most travelers can participate
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Children 12 and under must be greater than 50 lbs and ride in a double kayak with an adult
    • Operates in most weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
    Traveller rating
    • 5
    • 1
    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    Traveller type
    Time of year
    • Filter
    • English
    Popular mentions
    What a great excursion. Complete equipment, personal service and support. Beautiful kayak ride. Highly recommend this company
    Read more
    Response from Wanderer815330, Guest Relations Manager at Classic River Run on the Verde
    Responded 6 Oct 2019
    Thanks so much! Always nice to hear of a good time on the river!
    Read more
    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 with gentle guidance with keen insight
    Read more
    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!
    Read more
    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 and scenic drive from Sedona
    Read more
    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 and we did a tandem kayak. The river was great. We would
    Read more
    Key Details
    Why Book on TripAdvisor?
    • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
    • Low Price Guarantee
    • No Booking Fees
    • Secure Payments
    • 24/7 SupportCall:+44 12 2492 8241