Verde (vûrdˈē, vĕrdˈē) [key], river, c.190 mi (310 km) long, rising in central Ariz. and flowing S to the Salt River. The valley supported early Native American civilizations and is dotted with ruins, such as those at Tuzigoot National Monument (see National Parks and Monuments, table). Bartlett and Horseshoe dams are on the Verde River.
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