Gorge Of Many Smiles

The smiles come from rafters running the Verde River. 5,831' Hackberry
Mountain, seen on the horizon to the right, marks the southern end of a
vast basaltic volcanic field in central Arizona.

Pyroclastic flows (from nearby volcanoes) are responsible for blocking the
flow of the Verde, creating a succession of ancient lakes that flooded the
Verde Valley.

The river broke through, and sliced this gorge through the rocks.

January 5, 2009

Please CLICK to see river runners!


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silversummit - Jan 5, 2009 11:04 pm - Voted 10/10

A write-up after my heart!

I assume this is a river with a short rafting season (early spring?). I'll have to go look it up soon. Looks like it might be an interesting trip.


lcarreau - Jan 6, 2009 7:40 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: A write-up after my heart!

A good resource for the Verde River.

The river is runnable now! Base flows are a steady 150-200 cfs during the winter season.
The river DROPS an average rate of 20 feet
per mile!!!


Dean - Jan 5, 2009 11:15 pm - Voted 10/10

Hey Larry

Check out this shot.
I've never seen a storm front that looked like this one and your picture is so peaceful and serene in comparison. I used to have a girlfriend from Mesa who always talked about rafting the Verde. Thanks for letting me see what it looks like.


lcarreau - Jan 6, 2009 9:01 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Hey Dean ?

Right on! "Mikerhikers" image is so incredible!
What a magnificent capture!!!

In comparison, my "approaching storm" photos
resemble ... the neighbor's cat!

(Actually, I have witnessed storms of this
magnitude in the past, but I always "whimped
out" at the last minute, in order to seek
adequate shelter. That's simply amazing!)

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