We recognize that there are several companies that operate guided trips on the Verde River, as well as many other outdoor activities to choose from in this remarkable valley. The Clarkdale Kayak Company is much more than just a tour business. We’d like to take a minute to tell you what sets us apart from our competition.
We don’t just meet you at the river and launch your boats. We have an established base of operations in a historic downtown Clarkdale brick building that includes a small retail store and a full-service restaurant and bar—Scott's Main Street Cafe.
Scott's Main Street Cafe allows us to provide you with a memorable and comfortable place to spend time prior to and after your river trip. Here you can relax, have a delicious bite to eat or ice-cold local craft beer while retelling the experience you just lived.
The Clarkdale Kayak Company is run by two best buds, their amazing wives and a cadre of dedicated team members. They put their heart and soul into this business in order to pass on to you a little bit of their passion towards the Verde River, this Valley and the amazing life it provides.
These same two best buds also happen to be two of the primary kayak guides for the Company. Their pride of ownership really shines through in the tailored experience provided to each group that paddles with the Clarkdale Kayak Company.
Our inventory consists of over 40 current model Liquid Logic and Dagger boats. As well as brand new paddles, PFDs, and throw-bags—everything is up-to-date and well maintained. Our shuttle vans are clean, comfortable and in great condition.
All of our guides have American Canoe Association Kayak Guide Certification, First-Aid Certification, as well as extensive training and experience on the Verde River @ Clarkdale stretch. We have developed our own curriculum and protocol for guide training and hold our guides to a very high standard.
This stretch of the Verde is beautiful, diverse and wild. Other stretches that offer kayak trips in the Verde Valley (Clear Creek to Beasley Flats) have a lot of residential development along the river. The Verde River @ Clarkdale stretch is true wilderness boating—with the most historic and cultural elements—and you don’t have to take a 45 minute shuttle ride! It’s literally 8 minutes from the base of operations to the launch point.