East Verde River

Safeguarding a riverland oasis at the edge of the Sonoran Desert

Yellow-billed cuckoo. Photo by Donna Carter.

Arizona's East Verde River is a vital tributary to the Verde, one of only two Wild and Scenic Rivers in Arizona. Western Rivers Conservancy is working to preserve a mile of the East Verde by acquiring the 149-acre Doll Baby Ranch. Photo by Dan Sorensen.

The East Verde is the most pristine tributary to the Verde River, which is a lifeline for fish and wildlife within the ecologically fragile Sonoran Desert. Both rivers provide important habitat for numerous threatened and endangered species. Image by Dan Sorensen.

WRC's efforts to conserve the Doll Baby Ranch will protect Critical Habitat for several imperiled species, including Chiricahua leopard frog (pictured), narrow-headed garder snake, northern Mexican garter snake and Mexican spotted owl. All of these are threatened species. Photo by Jim Rorabaugh.

WRC's efforts on the East Verde will allow the Tonto National Forest to acquire a crucial inholding at the edge of the Mazatzal Wilderness. Doll Baby Ranch lies just two hours from Phoenix and 10 miles from Payson and controls a key private road into the Mazatzal Wilderness, as well as trailhead to the Arizona National Historic Trail. Photo by Dan Sorensen.

The 149-acre Doll Baby Ranch is surrounded on all sides by National Forest land. By purchasing the ranch and conveying it to the National Forest, WRC will safeguard a key public access point into the Mazatzal Wilderness. Photo by Dan Sorensen.

The East Verde River is a ribbon of life flowing through an otherwise arid landscape. The lush, diverse plant-life along the stream banks stands in stark contrast to the many hues of brown that define the scenery beyond the banks of the river. Photo by Dan Sorensen.

The East Verde River where it flows through Doll Baby Ranch. Photo by Dan Sorensen.