The Tuzigoot River Access Point (TuziRAP) is part of the Verde River Greenway State Natural Area located on property owned by Arizona State Parks and cooperatively managed by the Town of Clarkdale. This area is adjacent to the perennially-flowing Verde River and offers one of only 20 unspoiled stands of Gooding Willow and Cottonwood trees in the world. Over 80% of the wildlife in the area depend on the Verde River and its tributaries for habitat, including several threatened and endangered species.
The site is located at 15 E. Tuzigoot Road in Clarkdale, AZ and is accessed from a gravel driveway that leads to a 4-acre dirt surfaced parking area. In addition to ample general parking, two handicapped-accessible parking spaces are adjacent to an approximately 400 foot ADA pathway that leads to a shaded, scenic overlook of the Verde River. These ADA facilities were funded by a grant from Arizona Game and Fish and their Heritage Grant program.
There is a boat landing area for canoes and kayaks which is used as a take-out area for kayakers and canoes who have floated down the Verde River from the Lower TAPCO River Access Point approximately 4 miles upstream. Launching for a downriver float is not recommended at this site due to downstream seasonal fluctuations in water levels and natural hazards caused by fallen trees and other debris. Boaters are cautioned that they should be prepared to make slow progress below this site, and will face many areas where portage is required. Snags and overgrowth are common barriers for boaters below the Cottonwood Ditch Diversion Dam which is located on the downriver boundary of the Tuzigoot RAP. Those who are unfamiliar with this section of the river are cautioned from proceeding past the diversion dam.
From November through March, the Arizona Game and Fish Department uses the Tuzigoot RAP as a winter trout stocking location, making the area around the Tuzigoot Bridge a favorite fishing spot for locals.
This area is popular for families and other visitors seeking to enjoy the Verde River and its riparian area. For those willing to get off the hard surfaced path, there are approximately 1,300 feet of riverfront access providing opportunities for picnicking, fishing, bird watching and wading in the river. Photography and hiking along the Verde River are also fun pastimes at this location.
Visitors to the Verde River are encouraged to practice “Leave No Trace” ethics when enjoying the Verde River. As more people discover and enjoy the Verde, we all have a stake in making sure the river stays healthy, continues to provide important habitat for wildlife, and remains an enjoyable, beautiful place for future generations to cherish.
Visitors should pack in/pack out all trash and deposit it in the centralized trash receptacle in the general parking area. Picnicking is encouraged, but campfires are not allowed at the River Access Points or along the river.
This day-use area is open year round during daylight hours except on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Portable toilets are available near the trailhead for the ADA pathway.
ADA Accessibility Notes
The Town of Clarkdale developed two ADA parking spaces and an approximately 400-foot ADA pathway with funding from a Heritage Grant. The path leads down to the Verde River and a 16' x 24' concrete platform from which visitors can enjoy the sights and sounds of the river and the local birds.
Pet Friendly Notes
Pets on leash are allowed. Please be aware this is a natural area, frequented by a variety of wildlife. Please watch your pets to keep them safe, and do not allow them to harass wildlife.
Please remember to clean up after your pet, as water quality can be impacted by pet waste. Mutt mitts are usually available in the parking lot area for visitor convenience. Be sure to leave the Verde River clean and healthy for others to enjoy as well!