Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Dead Horse Ranch State Park, Cottonwood: Hours, Address, Dead Horse Ranch State Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Dead Horse Ranch State Park
4.5
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
A scenic park that belies its ominous name and is best known for bird watching, camping, canoeing, hiking and horseback riding. Dead Horse Ranch State Park is located adjacent to and across the Verde River from the community of Cottonwood. It is centrally located near several major population centers such as Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Prescott. When using Dead Horse Ranch as a base, one has a variety of attractions to visit, including: Jerome State Historic Park, Fort Verde State Historic Park, Red Rock State Park, Slide Rock State Park, Tuzigoot National Monument, Montezuma Castle and Well National Monuments, Oak Creek Canyon, Prescott National Forest, Coconino National Forest, and the popular towns of Sedona and Jerome.
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HBMama125
Aliso Viejo, CA5 contributions
Nov 2021
Beautiful area. Well worth the stop. We camped here for 3 nights recently and really enjoyed our stay.

Pros
-Beautiful area in the verde valley. Giant Arizona sycamore and cottonwood trees.
-Lots of great trails to meander (though not well marked)
-Walking distance to lagoons, kids play area with kids zip line, horse corrals (book in advance for horseback riding)
-Quiet, friendly place and staff was very nice
-Very near the cute, historic downtown Cottonwood
-Near many sites Tuzigoot, Montezuma's castle, Sedona, Jerome. Makes a great "base station" for lots of exploring.
-Decent sized camp sites. We had a back-in site for our small trailer and it was plenty big. Water and electric hook ups.
-Decent picnic table, fire grill and fire ring.
-Wood for sale on site
-Bathrooms are nicely heated. Sinks have warm water and lots of soap. :)
-No coins or tokens for showers.

Cons
-For how large this property is it's a shame that the sites are so close to each other. Chose a spot that might have a larger lot or not face so many neighbors
-Bathrooms could be cleaner. Yuck.
-Showers could be a lot cleaner. Standing yucky water in one of the showers. The bathroom and shower situation will influence if we come back. :(
-Trails are NOT well marked. We had a map but still managed to get on trails that were not clearly marked on the map. Needs better signage on the trails and better maps to navigate.
Written November 29, 2021
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TravelJohn092
Phoenix, AZ294 contributions
Nov 2021
Came to the park to see the cottonwoods reflections in the lakes, also checked out the campsites/cabins for future planning. This is a very nice state park.....daily fee $7
Written November 16, 2021
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Jackson I
Washington DC, DC670 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
Just had a family reunion with about 25 people and we used several cabins at Dead Horse as our base camp for excursions to Sedona, Jerome, and Fort Verde. A good location that allows camp fires in official firepits. The restrooms/showers are spartan but clean and the "mattresses" are hard but a $10 air mattress pairs well with them!
Written October 4, 2021
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susan a
Cornville, AZ25 contributions
Mar 2021
Space that is serene and beautiful is the experience you have at this treasure of a park. Good parking, well maintained trails and clean restrooms.
Written August 8, 2021
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MountainBikeBabe
Sedona, AZ11 contributions
Jul 2021
A lush oasis in the desert I love to go here and watch birds and have picnics. They also have a campground here and lakes. This park is on the national map as a bird-watching area.
Written July 26, 2021
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LytchZam
Riverside, CA26 contributions
Jul 2021
We were in the "tent only" section - there were maybe 4 other sites taken in the Blackhawk loop. There are mostly mesquite - lower bushy variety and the trees with the dark trunks.
We were in spot #111 - which is on the outside of the loop - and the site looks out on a vista of low shrubs... and ants - so if you're sitting there they will probably be climbing up your legs... just sayin'... mid-sized black ones - but since our tent sets up in the back of the pick-up (with a queen sized foam mattress that we like so much better than the inflatable ones BTW) the ants didn't climb up to where we slept. We sure didn't need to un-stuff that huge zero-degree double-bag, just a light sheet on the mattress it was so freakin' hot - it only got down to the low 70's at night - even in the early morning hours.
Fire warnings, so no wood or charcoal fires. Propane was OK, according to the "camp host" who drove around politely checking on things the first evening. From the site you can easily see Jerome, AZ, the old mining town up on the side of the mountain across the Verde Valley (worth a visit). ​
There are other RV spots - at a couple of different loops - they were a little be down the hill - the tent-only spaces are more to the top of the gentle incline - and there seemed to be more shade a bit lower on down.
Two of the campers - family and another solo - packed up and beat feet out of the heat before 8:30am. Probably a better choice than we made when an hour later it was headed to 100°+ .

Besides the heat (it is Arizona, so... like the heat or don't go...) thunderstorms were predicted. On our way there, just outside of Prescott, AZ, one came up very suddenly with such a downpour of rain and hail that most drivers pulled off the road to wait it out - it was intense! - but over in less than five minutes and I mean over and done. and the sun was back out. Now, that happened on the drive there, but not too far away from Dead Horse Ranch, and I can only imagine if that were to hit when tent-camping, then that rain-fly better be up and all stuff put away at night.

There are flush toilets, showers (pay), and even a couple of vending machines that would accept a credit card for those so needing a carbonated caffeine boost. The men's room/shower area was so stuffy-hot & humid - not somewhere to hang out and read the paper. ;)

Overall, if you like to isolated camping with some views, it's good.
Generally, I use the campground's site map and compare it with Google Earth and whatever's on the Tube or TripAdvisor before choosing a spot. #111 worked for us.
Written July 11, 2021
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BargainTraveler2432
Ohio City, OH175 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
$7 to park. We spent about 2 hours walking around the ponds. Nice shady and easy walking. Kids played on the playground for a brief time too. Worth the stop.
Written June 11, 2021
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TMG80750
Chicago, IL9 contributions
Jun 2021
We live here in Cornville and when my granddaughters came to visit from Chicago, they wanted to go horseback riding. I heard so many positive comments from people about Dead Horse State Park Trail Rides. The staff was very attentive to my 8yr old granddaughter making sure she had a very gentle horse. The trail ride was amazing. Bill was our guide and make the ride informative and fun! The horses were in phenomenal shape, well-groomed and very sweet. I will definitely do it again.
Written June 9, 2021
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Scott K
2 contributions
May 2021
Amazing place. The park Rangers and Camp Host's work hard to keep this place awesome. Facilities are clean and well maintained. There are no black water hook-ups for RV's but they have a dump station at the entrance/exit of the park. Its close to all the attractions in the area, Sedona isn't far away. if you like wine tasting The Yavapai College has a Winemaking/Grape Growing program. The Southwest Wine Center is all student grown and produced on campus with its own vineyards so it's an "Estate Winery"
Don't miss this place!! Nice wines and excellent staff, If your there during classes you can watch them make the wine.
Written May 9, 2021
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AZ1912
Tucson, AZ367 contributions
Apr 2021
400 acre developed park area near town, with many shade trees and ramadas. There are three good-sized lakes to walk around, with fishing and oar and rowboats, but no swimming or powerboats. There are campsites spread out in the park. Very nice.
Written April 26, 2021
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