Birding Trail 2012-17


Verde River Valley
Birding Trail
Central Arizona

     The Verde River, Lifeblood of Central Arizona, is one of the last free-flowing rivers in the Southwerst. Along its course it cuts throught majestic redrock and basalt canyons and supports on of the country's rarest habitats-the cottonwood/willow gallery forest.


Select here to see an online view of the VVBNF Birding Trail Map

      The wellwatered Verde River Valley is unique due to its many tributaries that begin on the Colorado Plateau and emerge in the Valley as perennial streams flowing through the fommunities of Clarkdale, Cottonwoo, Sedona, Cornville, Lake Montezuma and Camp Verde.
      The Valley's waterways connect diverse life zones from 3,000'-6,000' including pine-fir forests, oak woodlands, pinyon-juniper forests, Sonoran desert scrub, and riparian. The Verde River's vast watershed is habitat for one of the largest concentrations of resident and migratory birdlife anywhere in the Southwest.

     This birding trail map highlights some of the best, most accessible birding spots associated with the Verde River Valley in Central Arizona.

     Thanks fo Susie Beach, Dena Greenwood, Randy Miller, and Barbie Hart for their expertise and time.


Select here for an online view of the
Verde River Valley Birding Trail Map.

To pickup a free copy of this beautiful full color fold out map, visit any of the following locations:

Jay's Bird Barn in Prescott, Arizona and also in Sedona, Arizona.

The Chamber of Commerce in Cottonwood, Arizona

Dead Horse State Park in Cottonwood, Arizona

The US Forest Service in Sedona, Arizona.

The US Forest Service in Camp Verde, Arizona.

Photo of Dead Horse State Park compliments of Beach's On Location
Photo of Western Tanager compliments of Doug Von Gausig of





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