Tue, April 07

Protect riparian habitat at Verde River Days

COTTONWOOD - Dead Horse Ranch State Park will celebrate its annual Verde River Days on Sept. 26-27.

The activities during Verde River Days promote preservation and care of the environment by showcasing informative exhibits on the Verde's riparian habitat.

The exhibit area opens at 9 a.m. and the opening ceremony officially begins Verde River Days at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The celebration brings together 40-plus nature-based exhibits, sandcastle building, a menagerie of live animals, non-stop activities from canoe rides (with or without assistance), to nature hikes, as well as continuous entertainment and local food vendors.

Guests of all ages are welcome to fish in the lagoon. Fishing licenses are not required during the scheduled Arizona Game & Fish Department's clinic hours. Poles, bait, and tackle are provided for all ages. Visitors may also experience nature's history through guided nature walks and short hikes. View dozens of teardrop and vintage trailers of yesteryear that will be on exhibit throughout the weekend.

Live demonstrations will include Civil War-era encampments, drills, and battles. Visitors are invited to tour the period camps, talk with the reenactors, and watch the battles. On Sunday, the Verde River Citizens Alliance will sponsor canoe rides down the Verde River. Groups will depart from the Dead Horse Ranch River Day Use Area at 8 a.m. and again at 10 a.m. The rides last about an hour and a half. Canoers will be shuttled back to the park. Pre-registration is required. To schedule a trip or for more information contact Marsha Foust at 634-8738.

Call the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce at (928) 634-7593 or visit

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