Verde River Habitat

The Verde Valley is a special place in the deserts of Arizona. It’s green because the Verde River and its watershed both carved and maintains this beautiful area. At the southern end of the Colorado Plateau, you’ll find this oasis and marvel at the red rock monoliths, cool river gorges, ancient petroglyphs and cliff dwellings and interesting towns full of history and their own special culture.

It’s just an hour and a half north of Phoenix at just the right altitude to bring cooler weather and a range of climate zones, each hosting wonderful flora and fauna. The Verde Valley is a birder’s paradise. At the same time, it’s the place you want to be for hiking, biking and river running.

Thousands of years ago, nomadic hunter/gathers found this hospitable valley. It’s been home to pueblo tribes, Spanish explorers, miners, cowboys and now artists, wine-makers and New-Agers. This place was created for the eco-traveler. And it deserves our protection.

While the desert and river may seem rugged, it is fragile in ways many visitors don’t understand. That’s why it’s up to us who care about this magic place to help preserve it.

If you Value the Verde and would like to do your part to keep it green, here are some organizations that could use your help.

The Nature Conservancy

Keep Sedona Beautiful

Sustainable Arizona

Verde Valley Land Preservation

Environment Arizona

Sierra Club – Grand Canyon Chapter

Audubon in Arizona

There are more organizations and efforts underway. Please share your thoughts in our Ecotourism Blog.