Camp Verde is situated at the southern (downstream) end of the Verde Valley, surrounded by a landscape of 6,000 to 7,000 foot highlands. Within the surrounding region are nine federal wilderness areas, woven with a network of trails leading to some of Arizona's most beautiful vistas. Camp Verde is also the only gateway to Arizona's two Wild and Scenic Rivers: the lower 40 miles of the Verde River from Beasley Flat to Horseshoe Reservoir and Fossil Creek, where a 20,000 gallon a minute spring feeds a pristine travertine stream.
Camp Verde spans 18 miles of the Verde River, a popular place for a more leisurely trip in a kayak, canoe or anything else that floats. A web of urban trails leads to nearby bluffs and the occasional ancient pueblo. The river also acts as the dividing line between the Prescott National Forest and the Coconino National Forest, both of which offer numerous amenities, including dispersed and developed campsites, for every season. In addition, Camp Verde and the surrounding valley are home to five Arizona State Parks, the 36-mile long Verde River Greenway and a sixth park, Rocking River, soon to be developed.