Outdoor Sports & Recreation

Situated along the Verde River and home to national forests and monuments, Camp Verde offers a variety of sports and recreation activities for all types of outdoor enthusiasts! Come and spend the day kayaking on the water, hiking along one of the many picturesque trails, or camping under some of the best stargazing skies in Arizona.

 
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verde river

The Verde River and the mile-wide greenbelt that covers its banks define Camp Verde and the feel of discovering a true oasis in the desert. Canoes, kayaks, small boats and overnight campsites are commonly sprinkled across the Verde waters and shores. The Verde River is a true destination for outdoor recreation in Northern Arizona and a treasured asset for Camp Verde residents.

 
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fossil creek

The waterfalls and caves of Fossil Creek seem to appear out of nowhere, gushing 20,000 gallons a minute of 70 degree water fed from the cliffs of the Mogollon Rim into a 1,600 foot deep canyon. Visitors can expect a multitude of photography opportunities along with hiking trails, birding, and swimming in turquoise and emerald pools. But you’ll need a permit most of the year. Be prepared for an hour on an unmaintained dirt road, as well as some hiking. 

 
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montezuma's well

This local’s favorite is 11 miles northeast of the famous Montezuma’s Castle. 1.5 million gallons of water emerge each day from an underground spring into this limestone sink hole. Come appreciate its ancient canals that still irrigate lands to this day and learn of the mysteries scientists have uncovered that exist nowhere else in the world. Hike along Beaver Creek and picnic under giant Arizona sycamore trees or head down to the cliff dwellings and caves. Admission is free to boot and you may even request a guided tour.

 
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out of africa wildlife park & zipline

Want a kiss from a giraffe? Pucker up at Out of Africa Wildlife Park, home to hundreds of species on over one hundred acres. Their four species of tiger play with handlers in Tiger Splash, just one of the daily shows. When visiting, you will be able to participate in safaris, tram rides, tours, and walks, along with a high-flying zipline adventure for those seeking a one-of-a-kind rush. Plus your visit directly supports the park’s conservation and rescue efforts.

 
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m diamond ranch

Ranching runs deep in Camp Verde, so there’s no better place to experience a real working ranch than M Diamond Ranch. Offering trail rides, cowboy cookouts, and even a guest house that sleeps up to ten, M Diamond Ranch is an authentic place to try your hand at ranching. 

 
 Photo Source: www.azswimmingholes.com

Photo Source: www.azswimmingholes.com

bullpen day use play area

Five miles down a bumpy dirt road and ⅔ of a mile on foot, you’ll discover a cool and refreshing pool of water and the shallow beach entry to the Bullpen Day Use Area. Locals love to jump from a cliff diving rock formation while others just enjoy wading in the 5’-10’ expanse of peaceful West Clear Creek.

 
 Photo Source: Mark Zillman

Photo Source: Mark Zillman

wilderness areas

Camp Verde is a mecca for wilderness areas. West Clear Creek offers world-class canyoneering, deep pools, waterfalls and rugged cliffs; Wet Beaver Creek has 23 pools serving as play areas for those seeking a riparian paradise; and Pine Mountain’s “sky island” offers one of the Arizona’s most spectacular views upon its 6,814 summit. And that’s just to name a few!

 
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hiking trails

Camp Verde's unique location in the heart of five Arizona State Parks, as well as Prescott and Coconino National Forests, make it a destination for avid hikers. Whether you're looking for a an overnight excursion or just an afternoon walk, Camp Verde’s trail network offers something for everyone.

 
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birding

Camp Verde and the surrounding Verde Valley offer some of the Arizona’s premier bird watching locales. Camp Verde plays host to both resident bird species as well as migratory flocks, with over 300 bird species having been documented along the Verde River and its tributaries.

 
 Photo Credit: John Fink

Photo Credit: John Fink

international dark sky community designation

Camp Verde is an International Dark Sky Community, receiving the official designation from the International Dark Sky Association in June 2018. This was the work of 5 years, 75 letters of support, public education, a full lighting inventory of Town lights, media exposure, astronomy clubs’ participation, and a promise to protect our dark skies forever. Camp Verde’s Milky Way visibility is best on a clear summer night when the moon is low and is in the top 20% of the world!
 

 
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off-road adventures

In Camp Verde,  you’ll find endless miles of dirt roads to explore. Prescott and Coconino National Forests and Hayfield Draw OHV Day Use Area  are just a few of the many areas to begin an self-guided adventure; or you can connect with Arizona Offroad Tours for guided ATV explorations.