Arizona's only wild and scenic river with recreation abound. A unique section of the Upper Verde is the rare Verde River Greenway Riparian. Between the Tuzigoot National Monument and the Dead Horse Ranch State Park, the Jail Trailhead is just 2 blocks from the historic Cottonwood Hotel.
The Cottonwood Hotel is the closest hotel to this spectacular hiking trail and swimming hole. 1 mile to the Tutzigoot National Monument turn-off, and another 9 mile drive down Sycamore Canyon to the trailhead. North of Clarkdale and the Verde Valley, this wilderness trail leads through the Verde River Greenway Riparian Habitat, rich in plant and animal life. Colorful cliffs and caves enclose a lush green oasis. The trail leads 4 miles to a large pool called Parson Springs where this considerable stream springs to the surface from the underground course it has followed through the majority of the canyon.
Rating: Easy Hiking time: 5 hours round trip
See more about this hiking/swimming area at the National Forest Service Recreation site.
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