EAST VERDE RIVER IN GILA COUNTY, ARIZONA
The East Verde River is a tributary of the Verde River in the U.S. state of Arizona. Beginning on the Mogollon Rim near Washington Park, it flows generally southwest through Gila County and the Tonto National Forest northeast of Phoenix. Near the middle of its course, it passes to within about 5 miles (8 km) of Payson, which is southeast of the river. The East Verde River flows through parts of the Mazatzal Wilderness west of Payson.
This area is a favorite for valley visitors and rim country residents alike. Water Wheel and Ellison creek are both parts of the East Verde River. The red rock canyons and rugged landscape makes hiking and exploring in this area a true adventure.
The East Verde River can sometimes be very dangerous due to its high canyon walls during monsoon season. It is highly recommended that you study the weather report before you go to this area and while you are there you should be aware of your surroundings. If you see black clouds building close by it is time to get out of there.