Celebrating the 28th Annual Verde River Day at Dead Horse Ranch State Park on September 24th

September 16, 2016

PHOENIX - Dead Horse Ranch State Park, along with the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce, and sponsoring nonprofits and corporations from around the state, will host and celebrate the annual Verde River Day on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festivities during Verde River Day celebrate our community connection to the free-flowing Verde River, a green, life-giving jewel in Arizona’s arid natural landscape. Preservation and care of this vital resource – for both people and wildlife alike – will be promoted by the organizations participating in the event. In honor of the occasion, Arizona State Parks will waive the entrance admission on September 24 to Dead Horse Ranch State Park, where the celebration will take place.

Activities during the event include organized canoe and kayak rides, sand castle building, a climbing wall, and over 30 nature-based exhibits with educational information about the Verde River’s riparian habitat and wildlife. Food will also be provided by local charities, who will raise money for worthy causes by providing hamburgers, pizza, snow cones, nachos and a pancake breakfast.

Guests of all ages will be welcome to fish in the park lagoons that is stocked with channel catfish, smallmouth and largemouth bass, crappie and sunfish. Visitors will also be welcome to take advantage of the scheduled Arizona Game & Fish Department’s fishing clinic. Fishing licenses are not required during clinic hours. Poles, bait, and tackle are provided for all age groups. 

Verde River Day will also feature live music throughout the day from the Cottonwood Community Band, Will Eaton, Tres Rios Chica, Verde Voices, the Jerome Ukulele Band and Dave Joslin . The Boy Scouts will be presenting the colors and Mayor Diane Joens of the City of Cottonwood will read the proclamation, and the singer/songwriter winners of the Verde River Day songwriting competition hosted by the Verde River Valley Nature Organization will perform their award-winning songs. Sue Black, Executive Director of Arizona State Parks, will be the keynote speaker.

This event would not be possible without the generous support of the many organizations that have partnered to sponsor Verde River Day, which include the City of Cottonwood, the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce, Verde River Valley Nature Organization, Town of Clarkdale, National Park Service, Verde River Basin Partnership , the Sierra Club, APS, Unisource, Arizona Riparian Council and Salt River Project.

For information about Arizona State Parks and the many recreational, historical and cultural programs call 1-877-MY-PARKS or visit AZStateParks.com

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