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Join The Verde River Blessing & Celebration

Sierra Club Earth Week Event

Sponsor: Yavapai Group, Sierra Club 

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Primary contact: Gary Beverly: Web:  

Event Type: Outdoor picnic, family friendly, free and open to the public. 

Event Date/Time: Saturday, April 30, 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM. 

Location: Perkinsville Bridge (see map, link to is 22 miles east of Chino Valley on Perkinsville Road. The roadway is graded and suitable for passenger cars. This is a day use site only – no overnight camping permitted. 

Pre-registration required: Preregistration required at (link to = 34.893977,-112.199705) 

We will send a reminder with detailed information and driving directions about a week before the event. Car-pooling assistance available. 


The upper Verde River, a jewell of the southwest, is eligible for designation as a Wild and Scenic River. Recently Prescott National Forest acted to control destructive recreation at the Perkinsville Bridge river crossing. This event celebrates a new beginning for this section of the Verde. We will plant a tree to symbolize the restoration process and consecrate the river with a blessing from Manuel Lucero, Director of the Museum of Indigenous People. 

We will gather at 11:30 AM. Bring a camp chair, drinking water, and a brown-bag picnic lunch to enjoy on the shady river bank with music by local artists. After a short educational presentation, we’ll plant a native willow, learn how indigenous people used and valued the river, and join together to bless the river to be pure and free-flowing forever. For more information, email 

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Bring the family for a spring picnic to celebrate the Verde River, featuring music, a traditional indigenous blessing, and tree planting. Location: Perkinsville Bridge on Saturday, April 30, at 11:30 AM. Sponsored by the Sierra Club. For more information, email

Photo Credits: Gary Beverly, 2022. Reproduction rights granted. 


Historic Perkinsville Bridge at mile 25 on the upper Verde River is the only road crossing the upper Verde River between Paulden and Clarkdale. The upper 25 miles of the Verde supports some of the finest surviving riparian habitat in Arizona.


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