The Verde River, one of Arizona’s last free-flowing rivers, sustains a large regional wildlife population as it flows through 36 miles of lush riparian habitat in the Verde Valley. This stretch of river is known as the Verde River Greenway. The 3,300 foot elevation means mild temperatures for hiking along the Verde, canoeing, bird watching, picnicking, fishing, or just wading in the cool water.
Friends of Verde River Greenway restores, preserves and promotes the natural, cultural, scenic and recreational resources of the Verde River and its tributaries.
A healthy, resilient Verde Watershed that sustains free flowing rivers and streams, robust local economies and a rich quality of life for current and future generations.
Life along the river changes with each season, giving visitors a glimpse of great blue heron, black hawks, ducks, coyotes, raccoons, mule deer, beavers, frogs, turtles, snakes and toads. The Verde River and surrounding riparian corridor support nearly twenty threatened or endangered species including southwestern bald eagles, southwestern willow flycatchers, and lowland leopard frogs.
The most significant natural resource in the Greenway, besides the year-round flowing river, is the dense forest of riparian trees and shrubs along its riverbank. This Fremont's Cottonwood & Gooding's Willow Riparian Gallery Forest is one of five remaining stands in Arizona and one of 20 such stands in the world.
Friends of Verde River Greenway
Friends of Verde River Greenway is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization with the mission to preserve, enhance and promote the scenic, natural, historic, cultural and recreational resources of the Verde River Greenway.
Integrity – We commit to the principles of truth and honesty. We are transparent and credible, ensuring public trust.
Collaboration – We believe our work is accomplished through voluntary, inclusive partnerships and ideas which empower others to be committed and engaged.
Sustainability – We are guided by long-term environmental stewardship and economic viability.
Respect – We honor the traditions and individual rights of our diverse community.
Work Ethic – We proactively engage in “boots on the ground” projects guided by sound conservation principles.