No, please bring whatever food you need. We recommend snacks for the half-day trips and lunch with plenty of water for any full-day adventures.
Do you need to have kayaking experience?
No! Most of the year this is a fun river float trip well-suited to beginners and children. The Verde River is more of a big creek than a river. You will encounter about 12 sporty, little chutes of water where you can take a break from paddling. There is no white water.
Sometimes, during our spring run-off in February and March and during our rainy season of mid-July through mid-September, there can be bigger water flows. Our experienced guides offer information on what to expect and conduct a pre-trip “Paddling 101” class to show you how to navigate the river.
Will I see red rocks on this trip?
You’ll see red rocks on your way out of town as well as mountain chains and fabulous Verde Valley sights, but not along the river.
The geology along the river is limestone hills, with numerous caves used by pre-historic cultures as well as gorgeous mountain views. There is an abundance of beautiful sycamore, cottonwood, and willow trees as well as riverside reeds, cattails, grasses, and flowers.
Is the trip suitable for children?
Absolutely, this trip is great for families. Even grandma and grandpa can go! On guided river trips, children three – 12 years old must accompany a parent in a tandem Ducky Kayak.
Do you offer discounts for families and groups?
Yes! Call to talk to a representative about available discounts that are periodically offered for families and for groups of 10 or more persons. Also, if you book two or more tours, you’ll receive a 10% discount.
What should I wear and bring with me?
Bring your sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, lip balm, water bottle, and a change of clothes (if you so desire). Depending on the season you may want to layer your clothing and wear quick-drying fabrics. If you have water shoes you can wear them.
For rentals (when available), you need to pack your own food and water. Coolers are available for a nominal fee. Also, make sure your vehicle is fueled up.
Where does the river trip launch from?
Most of our tours start from TAPCO river access point in Clarkdale, Arizona. If you’re doing the Classic Water to Wine tour, it starts from Black Canyon river access point outside of Cottonwood, Arizona.
What if there’s inclement weather?
This is an adventure and we go rain or shine unless the conditions make it unsafe.
What should I tip my guides?
We recommend 15% of the rack rate. The guides are a wealth of information and work hard behind the scenes to ensure your Verde Valley kayak tour is fun, safe, and memorable.
Are there bathroom facilities available during the trip?
We recommend using restrooms prior to departure for the river. There are port-a-pottys at the takeout.
What if I can’t swim?
Because of the Ducky Kayak’s stability it is the exception rather than the rule for someone to have to swim. Life jackets are supplied and required and helmets are optional.
You can stand up in much of the river and, of course, your guide is always nearby to assist you. In fact, we have had several non-swimmers go on our trips, albeit with some trepidation, only to come back smiling and glad that they went!
Do I need to be physically fit to do this trip?
This trip does require the ability to paddle and get in and out of your boat for the mandatory portage. Some weight restrictions may apply.
We do not recommend this trip for pregnant women, people with back, shoulder, or knee issues, or people that have trouble sitting for a couple of hours.
Full payment is required at the time of reservation.
Groups 10+: A minimum 50% deposit is due at time of reservation. Payment in full is due 7 days prior to departure.
Listed prices do not include applicable sales tax, Forest Service land use, reservations fees, or guide gratuities.
If you need to cancel or reschedule your tour, notify us more than 48 hours before your tour date to receive a refund, minus a $10 per person/per trip fee.
If any trip is cancelled due to severe weather, mechanical failure, unsafe conditions, or insufficient reservations, a full refund will be issued.
We reserve the right to cancel any departure if we have insufficient reservations. We will do all we can to reschedule or accommodate guests reserved on any departure with insufficient reservations.
The minimum age for boating and all our tours is three years old.
On Ducky Kayak trips, children must ride in a tandem kayak with an adult.
Wine tours are not recommended for children.
Outdoor activities in the natural world have inherent risks, and all participants will be required to sign a Release and Acknowledgment of Risk form before their tour.
Most of our trips are conducted in wilderness settings outside of cell phone coverage areas and hours from outside help. Therefore, appropriate caution should be exercised.
Drinking of alcoholic beverages before or during guided tours is prohibited and will prevent your participation in your activity (with the exception of the vineyard portions of our wine tours.)