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 Verde River @ Clarkdale


Tuzigoot River Access Point
15 E. Tuzigoot Road, Clarkdale, AZ


Tuzi RAP (the Tuzigoot River Access Point) is located on property

owned by Arizona State Parks and is part of the Verde River

Greenway State Natural Area. This is a Day Use area, which

operates year round during daylight hours.


Arizona State Parks began acquiring property around the Tuzi

Rap in 1986 and made its most recent acquisition in 2004,

resulting in a total of 78.38 acres at the site. In 2012, the Town

of Clarkdale entered into an agreement with AZ State Parks to

cooperatively manage 69.28 acres of the land as part of the

Verde River @ Clarkdale.


Public access to the site is from a driveway that extends 2/10ths

of a mile from Tuzigoot Road to an approximately 4 acre parking

area. The parking area is located on a lower level of the property

(the “lower bench”), within the floodplain, in an area that has

been heavily compromised in the past from illegal off-road vehicle use and occasional sand and gravel removal.


Two handicap accessible parking spaces are designated on the southeast end of the parking area on the lower

bench. A handicap accessible path travels approximately 400’ from those parking spaces to a viewing platform

that overlooks the Verde River. The path leads to an area that is popular for families and other visitors to enjoy

the river. The Hickey Ditch Dam, which diverts approximately 15 cfs of irrigation water to Dead Horse Ranch

State Park and a few other private ranches is located here, and forms a 2.5 acre upriver pool that is popular

with fisherman, boaters and other recreationalists.


Directly east from the viewing platform lies approximately

13 acres of heavily vegetated riparian area mixed with 2-3

acre sand/cobble floodplain area. This entire area lies within

the floodplain. It provides about 1,300 feet of riverfront

access, though much is heavily vegetated and can be

difficult to access.


The Verde River flows through the Tuzi RAP for 8/10ths of a

mile, beginning on the west end at the Tuzigoot Bridge and

ending on the east end at the Cottonwood Ditch Diversion

Dam. The Cottonwood Ditch provides irrigation to

approximately 900 acres of single-family residential property and some ranch lands, and has one of the oldest

waterrights on the Verde River (dating to 1877). With a water right claim of 60 cfs (8,000 acre feet per year),

there are many times of the year that the entirety of the Verde River is diverted by the Cottonwood Ditch,

severely limiting waterflows below the ditch and making boating undesirable. Boaters are cautioned that they

should be prepared to make slow progress below the ditch, and will face many areas where portage is required.

Snags and overgrowth are common barriers for boaters below the Cottonwood Ditch. Those who are unfamiliar

with this section of the river are cautioned from proceeding.


A primitive boat landing/launch area is located approximately

500’ downriver from the Tuzigoot Bridge, and allows kayakers

and canoeists a small landing space with a path that leads up

to the parking area on the lower bench. This is a popular landing

spot for boaters who launched from the Lower TAPCO RAP or

other upstream sites.


The Tuzigoot Bridge, a prominent feature to the north of the

Tuzi RAP, is owned by that National Park Service. Fishermen

often park on the lower bench of the Tuzi RAP and fish under

the bridge, which is also a winter trout stocking site for the

Arizona Game and Fish Department.


27 acres of land is located on the south side of the Verde River. Accessed only from a private, gated emergency

access/ditch maintenance road, this property is part of the RAP, but not designated or developed for specific uses.



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