Welcome to the Historic Town of Clarkdale
A 2012 Centennial Town
"A Place That Makes Sense"
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Monday - Thursday
8:00am - 5:30pm
8:00am - 12:00pm
Closed Saturday & Sunday
P.O. Box 308
39 North Ninth Street
Clarkdale, AZ 86324
(928) 639- 2400
Fax: (928) 639-2409
Historical Society & Museum
Verde River @ Clarkdale
Lower TAPCO River Access Point
Current Hours: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
The Lower TAPCO River Access Point is located
on approximately 110 acres of private property
owned by Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold,
Inc. The site is managed by, and subject to the
jurisdiction of, the Town of Clarkdale under an
Access License Agreement. The Access License
is revocable, so it is up to all of us to work together
to make sure the area is used responsibly.
(excluding Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). The entrance gate is locked on a nightly basis
and the time of the gate closure varies by season (the time of gate closure is posted at the gate). While the first
mile of Sycamore Canyon Road is paved, the remainder is dirt and travel can be limited during inclement weather.
If road conditions warrant closure of the Lower TAPCO River Access Point, signs are posted at the intersection
of Sycamore Canyon Road and Tuzigoot Road so that drivers do not travel on the dirt road.
designated parking/roads, and has a small ½ acre area
designated for public and commercial boat launching.
We ask that boaters take the time to prep for their
launch while in the parking lots, and move down to
the boat launch area only when they are ready to
launch. This is an unloading area only, and in consideration
of other boaters, those launching should unload promptly
and move their vehicles from the boat launch area so that
others can launch without much delay. Portable toilets are
located in the parking lot directly above the boat launch site.
that is perfect for picnicking, bird watching, photography or just enjoying the sights and sounds that the
River and its environment have to offer.
for many activities. From the boat launch site down to Sandy
Beach, the river offers alternating pools of slow moving water
connected by short chutes of fast moving water. There are
four distinct “pond” areas, ranging in size from 4/10ths of an
acre to 2 acres, and the rapids in the chutes between offer an
exciting change from the relaxing float on the ponds.
to Sandy Beach will cover about .45 miles and can choose a
variety of paths through the 9 acre floodplain that spreads out between the two sites. During normal river
flows, this area is dry, and you’ll be walking along the grassy river bank or through areas of alternating sand
and river cobble left by past flood events. No public vehicle access is allowed in this area, which is bordered
on the west by the River and its riparian vegetation, and on the east by a mesquite grove that transitions up
to the upper bench of the park (outside the floodplain).
There is a suggested donation of $5 per vehicle that enters the site. While the Lower TAPCO RAP is largely
undeveloped at this time, it is popular for many activities including kayaking, fishing, hiking, picnicking, bird and
wildlife watching, photography and swimming/wading.