The East Verde River near Payson, Arizona

everde 201x300 The East Verde River near Payson, Arizona

Map of the East Verde River near Payson, Arizona

Running through the heart of Rim Country is the East Verde River, which is the area’s equivalent of a water park. There are numerous swimming and fishing holes along this vast river.

Some of the most popular spots are between the Beaver Valley and Whispering Pines subdivision, which has now become a fee area. This area has deep pools and some neat cliffs.

Further north is the Rim Trail/Washington Park area which features a trailhead from which you can hike to an old partially completed railroad tunnel. You can also get to the top of the Rim in this section.

Southward is the Flowing Springs and East Verde Park area. The East Verde Park turn off is a perfect spot for a brief stop to play in the creek and let a dog run some. Further west of this subdivision is an area accessible the often very rugged Crackerjack Mine Road. The river darts in and out in this area and has some interesting scenery.

About Tim Ehrhardt

"I am a graduate of Arizona State University with degrees in Management and Finance. I worked as a Research Analyst handling employee stock option valuation prior to going into real estate. "I have been coming to my parents' place in Rim Country my entire life. I have published one area history book, Zane Grey's Forgotten Ranch: Tales from the Boles Homestead. I am also an avid hiker who also has a passion for rock hunting."
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