Rural Entrepreneurs: Clarkdale Kayak Company

Scott's Secret to Success: "Work with people you want to hang with outside of work"

Watch as Local First AZ member, Scott Buckley shares the story of Clarkdale Kayak Company's growth since its first day jitters. In just over a year, it has become an anchor business for the thriving town of Clarkdale and has allowed Scott to encompass his love for both the river and cuisine. 

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Kayaking in the Desert?? 

Uh... duh! What better way to cool off and enjoy the valley than a trip down the Verde River? 

Take a trip to the vibrant historic town and allow Clarkdale Kayak Company to guide you down the scenic Verde River in one of their top-of-the line, hard-shell kayaks. These boats feature a sit-on-top design that makes them comfortable, stable and most of all, safe. Kayaking the Verde River in Clarkdale is a fun, interactive experience that allows your friends and family to cool off and learn about the unique history of the Verde River.

Clarkdale Kayak Company guides you along a "Class 1" stretch of the Verde River, so no need to worry about any true whitewater. Instead, you'll find a variety of exhilarating little chutes and riffles, interspersed between scenic, tranquil pools. At the onset of the trip, their ACA certified guide will instruct you on basic paddling and boat control skills. From there you'll receive as much or as little assistance as needed.