Upper Verde River, AZ

US Forest Service

Upper Verde River

Wild and Scenic River




Childs River Access Point: (Elevation 2,695 feet) From the “Y” in Camp Verde, follow the Gen. Crook Highway east for 7.3 miles. Turn right on Forest Road (FR) 708. Follow this road 13.8 miles to the turn-off onto Childs Road/Forest Road (FR) 502. Follow this road to the turn-off to the River Access Point just before you reach Childs. High-clearance vehicles are needed; four-wheel drive recommended if roads are muddy. Facilities: Primitive campground.

Sheep Bridge River Access Point: (Elevation2,000 feet) This site is 45 miles north of Carefree and requires a high-clearance vehicle; four-wheel drive is recommended if roads are muddy. From Carefree, take Cave Creek Road/FR 24 for approximately 33 miles to the Bloody Basin Tangle Creek area. At the junction of FR 24 and 269, turn right. Follow FR 269 for approximately 12 miles to the Sheep Bridge at the Verde River. Facilities: Primitive campground.

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