A drive thru the valley was enjoyable. All those Cottonwoods make the valley "very green." Of course, now there are a few wineries to add to the experience. There is a Fish Hatchery along the drive - we did not stop. I think a scenic stop where one can enjoy the river is needed - maybe a picnic area.
We enjoyed our membership at the Page Springs winery for a year. We like the small country atmosphere of the tasting room - they have very good food, a bit on the pricey side, but fun. Wines are decent - we did not reup for the next year of membership.
Its your choice with this area. Drive through the valley for a scenic drive and be surrounded by a lush Arizona riparian area or stop at the wineries.
Stop at the wineries, drink great wine and an enjoy a rare gem in Arizona where water is plentiful and everything is a shade of green rarely seen in this state.