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Verde Valley Botanical Area – Prescott Chapter of the Arizona Native Plant Society

April 13 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Verde Valley Botanical Area with Sue Smith and Jennie Tutone

April, 13 2024
8am – 5-pm

Join the Prescott Chapter of the Arizona Native Plant Society to explore the rare flora of the Verde Valley Botanical Area! The Verde Valley Botanical Area was established to help protect the Arizona Cliffrose (Purshia x subintegra), a federally listed endangered species endemic to central Arizona. Over 157 taxa have been vouchered (specimens collected). The area is dominated by the Verde Formation, composed of limestone soils and cliffs along the east side of the Verde River near Cottonwood. It is also home to other sensitive endemic plant species with habitats restricted to the same geological substrate. We hope to catch these plants in bloom!

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Difficulty: Moderate hiking on exposed trails.

Time: Meet in Prescott at 8am; if meeting at Dead Horse State Park, arrive at 9:15am.

Cost: Free and open to the public. There is an admission fee for Dead Horse State Park ($7 for 4 per car).

Food and Water: bring your lunch and water for a full day in the field.

Travel: Carpooling is needed for this trip, so if you’re willing to drive, please let us know and indicate how many passengers you can accommodate. We’ll be meeting at the parking lot above Einstein Bagels, located at the back part of Harbour Freight parking on Highway 69 at 8am. From there, we’ll drive to and park in Dead Horse State Park ($7 for 4 per car), so please be prepared for an entrance fee.

Photos by Max Licher


April 13
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Dead Horse Ranch State Park
675 Dead Horse Ranch Rd
Cottonwood, Arizona 86326 United States
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