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Kayak Tour on the Verde River

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Overview

Immerse yourself in Arizona’s beautiful scenery—and enjoy a new way to explore—on this family-friendly kayaking tour along the Verde River. Pick between several departure times, grab your safety gear, and set off in a shuttle to the river with just a small group for company. This beginner-friendly tour includes a relaxing paddle down a 3.1-mile (5-kilometer) stretch of this river, and the chance to take on gentle mini rapids.
  • Admire the lush scenery along the Verde River from the water’s edge
  • This small-group tour guarantees hands-on guidance and training
  • Safety gear, inflatable or hard kayaks, and shuttle transit included
  • Get out in nature and enjoy a fun and lively way to explore
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Professional safety-certified guides
Shuttle driver and transport to and from the river
Kayak, paddles, and PFD (Life vest)
A smiling good time and memories to share!
$8.50 River Access Fee per person (applied upon confirmation)
551 N Main St , 551 N Main St, Cottonwood, AZ 86326, USA

Check in 60 minutes prior to tour time. OAC Tours Check-in at 551 N Main Street, Cottonwood AZ 86326. Permit governs launch times, please plan to arrive on time. (headed towards Old Town Cottonwood-Look for Vortex ATV in parking lot)

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY OACTours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Kayak Tour on the Verde River?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Kayak Tour on the Verde River.
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What is the social distancing policy during Kayak Tour on the Verde River?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Kayak Tour on the Verde River.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Kayak Tour on the Verde River?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Kayak Tour on the Verde River.

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  • "The guide recommended we eat dinner in Jerome not to far away which was a really cool suggestion." See review

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star-5
New adventure great memory
Christina_H
, Aug 2022
The team was so informative and we enjoyed the experience so much we want to continue kayaking as a new hobby/activity with our family.
star-5
Birthday celebration
Kim_T
, Aug 2022
Great time on the River with Craig and Nick -water guns were an extra treat - we will be back next year - thanks guys!
star-5
Great!
Shannon_W
, Aug 2022
Great group activity to beat the Arizona heat! Staff is friendly and great at what they do! Everyone in my group enjoyed themselves!
star-5
Fun and refreshing summer activity!
Althea_E
, Aug 2022
Lots of fun and refreshing too! Outdoor Adventures feels like one of those places where people love what they do and they share that joy with their customers. We were a small group with two of us, our teenage daughter and another couple celebrating an anniversary. It was our first time kayaking on a river and the couple's first time doing anything in a kayak. Our three guides gave safety tips at the start, scouted the river ahead for us, took pictures along the way and made sure we didn't get into too much trouble. I only had to be rescued from the reeds once, lol! We had a nice break half-way through the 3 mile trip where we got to land the boats, wade in the river and admire the gorgeous monsoon thunderheads. The previous day's rain had made the water unusually high and very muddy but it was so much fun, like riding down a milk chocolate river. Some of the group even started singing the Willy Wonka theme song! Overall a great experience and one I'd do again. Thanks, OAC!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Just Imagine! Happy you guys enjoyed your time on the river with us. Thank you for taking the time to share about your adventure. We do love what we do!!!
star-5
Family fun with kids
Diane_A
, Aug 2022
Awesome trip and totally comfortable with the kids. Great guide, mostly smooth water with some fun rapids. Would highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thanks for the recommendation, Diane! Glad you guys enjoyed your time on the river with us. Come see us again!
star-5
Awesome fun!!
Irma_M
, Aug 2022
We had a blast kayaking!! Craig and Bobby were wonderful guides!! It was a beautiful way to spend time with my family and make new friends! I highly recommend this!!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thanks Irma! We love our guides too. Happy you enjoyed your day with us. Thank you for the recommendation!
star-5
Great Time!
Jeff_C
, Aug 2022
We had a great day on the river. The best part was the friendly staff who made everything even more fun!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
We love what we do and are happy it shows! Glad you enjoyed your time on the river with us Jeff. Come again!
star-5
Great guides fun experience
Susan_H
, Jul 2022
Great fun 🤩 our guides were super knowledgeable and fun Loved the swimming hole enjoyed the spa experience when Walt played his flute!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Something about the flute on the river...happy you enjoyed it too Susan!
star-5
We are so glad we did...
Michael_W
, Jul 2022
We are so glad we did this trip! The guides were great, the river was flowing and the views spectacular. You won't go wrong booking a trip with these guys.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks Michael! Happy you enjoyed it. We love our guides too and they love what they do. Glad it shows.
star-3
We had a great time, but...
Jenny_W
, Jul 2022
We had a great time, but there were too many of us in the group. It was hard to paddle anywhere with so many kayaks in our group.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Sorry to hear that, Jenny. We do limit our tour sizes and tend to spread everyone out to avoid such issues. The July heat is definitely bringing everyone to the river! We suggest our private tours or the Beat the Heat tour at 8am or 4pm for smaller tour sizes
star-5
Fantastic experience for beginning kayakers!!
Kelly_S
, Jul 2022
Our tour guides were amazing!! So much knowledge about the land around us and both were super fun! I would highly recommend this experience. I took my children, ages 10 and 14 and we all had a blast!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Glad the whole family enjoyed it! Happy the guides made it amazing!!! Our guides love what they do
star-5
Ladies man
tom_P
, Jul 2022
My shoes disintegrated at the swimming hole. But all in all a awesome time.,all the ladies were all over me.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Lol they did indeed, and we have pictures to prove it! Good times had by all! Come see us again!
star-5
Awesome tour
MUYELLG
, Jul 2022
We love it - Craig was awesome made the tour enjoyable - the River is lovely - kids loved it- we did the early morning slot and it was perfect -
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Glad you enjoyed beating the July heat! We love Craig too and are happy the whole family enjoyed their time with us!
star-5
Good experience
Oscar_L
, Jul 2022
Going down the rapids and learning how to go kayaking. Also experiencing what it's like to be on the water with cool guides
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Glad you enjoyed your time on the river with us Oscar...and our guides! They love what they do!
star-5
Great summer Kayak day in Cottonwood
Katherine_T
, Jul 2022
We had our 15 year old nephew visiting....decided to get out of the heat and have a different experience. My husband normally is not a fan of group activities however, he had a blast. This was his first Kayak experience; was a great day for us all. Craig our guide was awesome. Will do it again. Thank you for a great day
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
We love being the first experience! Happy even your hubby enjoyed it. Hope you come see us again soon!
star-5
Great
Robert_N
, Jul 2022
Very nice people and very knowledgeable. Highly recommend this company. Good for the entire family. Craig was very attentive to everyone and made the trip very enjoyable.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks for the recommendation, Robert! We love Craig too and are happy he helped everyone enjoy their time on the water.
star-5
Kayak in the wild
Linda_D
, Jul 2022
The guides Bobby and Dylan were wonderful. They knew the area well and gave us some history on it. Very patient and kind. It was a little longer than I would have liked it, bit overall I would do it again.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Glad you enjoyed the adventure and our guides! Come see us again
star-5
Fun, exciting, and safe
Becca_L
, Jul 2022
We had the best time on this tour! Going to the desert in July seemed poor choice because of the heat but we were very comfortable on the river! Walt and Blaine are amazing
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
We love our guides too Becca! Glad we helped make the heat of AZ endurable! Come see us again
star-5
Awesome
Sacheen_T
, Jul 2022
Had an amazing time..great energy! As first timers we felt totally at ease and gained better communication skills!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
We are glad to hear that! Happy you enjoyed your time on the river with us!
star-5
Fun week!
Rachel_S
, Jul 2022
Fun! We had never done this before! Informative, very helpful! Great people, down to earth, funny. Fantastic experience!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Yes to all that! Thanks for the kudos Rachel. We like to be the first experience and add to the memory book.

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