- Recreation interest in Desert Canyon Country is focused on four streams that wind through this classic Upper Sonoran Desert landscape. The Verde River, Arizona's only designated Wild and Scenic River, meanders the entire length of the area and is large enough to navigate in kayaks, canoes and small rafts at high to moderate levels. West Clear Creek, Wet Beaver Creek and Fossil Creek emerge from deep, cottonwood lined canyons they have cut into the Mogollon Rim to continue across the desert and merge with the Verde.
Recreation - Hiking and camping are favorite recreation activities in Desert Canyon Country. Even more so are splashing, swimming and fishing in the streams that emerge from those wilderness canyons. Whitewater boating is growing in popularity on the Verde River. And here, among deserts and oases, there is an entirely different group of wild animals to watch.
Climate - Climate on the Coconino varies greatly with elevation. The higher elevations generally receive much more precipitation and much cooler temperatures than the lower elevations. Summers on the Forest bring warm daytime temperatures with cool nights. Low elevations often experience very hot summer temperatures. Afternoon thunderstorms are common in the summer. The late autumn, winter and early spring months bring snow and sometimes cold temperatures to the high elevations but frequent clear, sunny days. Winter brings moderate temperatures to the low elevations; a good time to experience these normally snow free areas.