Kayak Tour on the Verde River

Sedona, USA
Classic River Run on the Verde

From $109.00

Select Date and Travelers

up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • 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!
  • Guide Gratuity not included but always appreciated

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • 551 N Main St, Cottonwood, AZ 86326, USA

    CHECK IN AT OAC TOURS 45 MINUTES PRIOR TO LAUNCH TIME (10am tour = 915am check in. 2pm tour =115pm check in)551 N Main Street, Cottonwood AZ 86326. This is a group tour. Shuttle departs on the half hour. Late arrivals will need to reschedule. (Headed towards Old Town Cottonwood-ATVs parked roadside)

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Start your river adventure with a convenient check-in at Cottonwood, where you'll pick your kayak, and you can opt for a tandem kayak if you're traveling as a pair.

From there, a shuttle transfer ensures hassle-free transport to the river, sparing you the effort of carrying heavy gear, such as your kayak, paddle, and life jacket to the river. Paddle along a beginner-friendly, 3.1-mile (5-kilometer) stretch of the Verde River, where Arizona's landscape unfolds with gentle mini rapids adding to the excitement.

The tour wraps up where it began, so you can then continue your adventures without having to arrange transport from a new setting.

Additional Info

  • 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 16 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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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Featured review
Fun, easy run down the river, a nice change of pace from the heat of the desert. Walt and Jason were excellent guides. They provided great tips for improving our paddling techniques and were very informative about what we were seeing on the trip. They pointed out everything from the copper mining history of the area to the local bird species we saw along the way. Overall a very customer centric experience. Definitely recommend!


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A fun family adventure 💛
Cara_L, Apr 2024
It was a great experience feom beginning to end. The staff was so kind and helpful. My children ages 10 and 6 absolutely loved it. The weather was beautiful and the water was chilly but we had a blast. Our guide Blane did an amazing job! He was a great time. We would absolutely do this again and recommend to others.
Fantastic family experience!
RACHEL_A, Apr 2024
We had a fantastic experience with Blaine and Nick! It was a perfect way to explore the area wilderness. Our guides were very knowledgeable and shared local info as we enjoyed the river and some mild rapids that were fun for all ages. The river part took about 2+ hrs so all in it was about 3 hours and that left time to do a great hike in the red rocks in the afternoon.
Do this!
John_J, Apr 2024
The tour was fabulous and did not disappoint. We were greeted by Walt at the desk and all of my worries about what to do with car keys, phones, places to change were all put to bed quickly. Everything was taken care of and the trip with Walt and Jason was so interesting and full of laughs and nature and history lessons. The crew that received us on the other end was cheerful and it was obvious they enjoyed the work. A definite must do in the area!
So much fun!
Kelli_W, Apr 2024
Had a lot of fun kayaking for the first time while getting to attempt some small rapids! Had a blast!
Perfect Adventure on the river
Donald_G, Apr 2024
Highly recommended! Our guides were fantastic, even their Dad jokes were funny.This was a perfect combination of adventure and safe fun. The rapids were 1 & 2’s perfect for beginners and old people like us. A very enjoyable day. Dress appropriately, you will get wet from splashes and paddle drips.
Great trip down the Verde
John_D, Apr 2024
Shooting down the rapids. Our guides had excellent people skills and were always positioned where they could respond to safety issues. Really enjoyed the great pics. Thanks
Simply Beautiful
Jennifer_L, Mar 2024
Amazing Experience. We had great guide, serene and full of nature’s peace. Grateful for the care, safety and fun experienced.
Great experience
Deena_J, Mar 2024
We had a great time on the water, the kids loved it. Their favorite part was falling in the water lol
Great experience!!
Nancy_N, Oct 2023
Entire experience was great - from booking to the actual tour. The tour group was communicative and friendly. The tour guide was fantastic! So knowledgable about the area and just plain fun! The trip down the river was a perfect balance of quiet water with periodic easy rapids. Great fun, but not too challenging. Highly recommend for anyone looking for a non-touristy experience. You WILL get wet, so be prepared. Changing rooms available at the meeting point to change into dry clothes before going on to your next adventure.
DIANE_S, Oct 2023
The most memorable parts of the tour were going through the various rapids, including going through one backwards, which was actually quite fun. My husband and I chose to have a double kayak. He thought it would be easier on me. But the next time, I would have a one person kayak. I believe it would have been easier to maneuver and would require less coordination with the other person. It was a lot of fun once we got the hang of it, but if you are novices like us, 2.5 hours was a bit much--sore arms.
Best Highlight of Sedona!!
Marianne_P, Oct 2023
Best highlight of our trip! The Verde River is absolutely gorgeous and we had the perfect guide to make the very most of it! Thank you Blane for great training, ensuring our safety, endless facts, stories and excellent photography to remember the trip! We want to go again!!
Kayaking Fun
Amir_M, Oct 2023
Blaine and Chaney made this fun trip Down the verde river even more enjoyable. They kept our kids laughing the whole and endured their relentless water gun assaults. They were both funny, well informed and very friendly. It's mostly a gentle ride down the river with about 10-12 rapids that are mostly class 1 and some class 2. Great for kids and families and also people that are a little nervous with roaring rapids. We did the 10am tour and weather was in mid 80s with water a crisp 69-70. Perfect combo. Kayaks and oars were good quality as well.
Water Marriage Therspy
Christian_C, Oct 2023
What a gas. We had a small group of six- perfect. Shane and Chaney were, fun, knowledgeable and great hosts. The boss ( wife) and I did a double kayak, definitely either cements a marriage or accelerates a divorce. I highly recommend the double- lol
Loved it!
Angela_P, Oct 2023
I had the best time!!!!!! Our guide Blane was awesome: fun, knowledgeable, informative, caring and personable. Loved everything about it and can’t wait one day to do it again. Thank you!!!
Awesome trip
Andrew_N, Oct 2023
Kayak trip was so fun and exciting. Our tour guide blain was awesome and made sure we made it thru safely!
Great tour host!
Charles_K, Oct 2023
Very organized at check-in. Had all required equipment ready and accessories available for rent or sale. Kayak trip was good. Walt was a great tour host.
Best Verde River guided kayak experience
Brittany_L, Oct 2023
Walt and his knowledge were the best part! Not having kayaked rapids of any kind before, it seemed easy peasy with Walt’s instruction and guidance. The views were breathtaking, taking in the Arizona nature while learning about was the second best part! Thank you to the team at OAC for making our first (of many) Arizona kayak trips absolutely perfect!
Great day on the water
Michael_M, Oct 2023
Great time with my family doing individual kayak rides. The rapids are fun but tame with little chance of actually falling in. Perfect afternoon on the water. We had a great time.
My wife and I booked a...
Jack_B, Oct 2023
My wife and I booked a reservation on a whim, two single kayaks. Guides were great and we had a great time 👍
David and Nick were...
Daphne_E, Oct 2023
David and Nick were great! They were very entertaining with stories of the river and the Cottonwood area. They also did a good job of preparing us for the rapids, keeping us safe, and keeping it fun and light hearted when we made mistakes.

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