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Dead Horse Ranch State Park

675 Dead Horse Ranch Rd, Cottonwood, AZ 86326-3711
+1 520-634-5283
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Don't let the name scare you off--fabulous for nature hikers and picnics!

This is an Arizona state park and a beautiful one. You have the Verde River on one side, lots of... read more

Reviewed May 2, 2017
Lindsay M
Sedona, Ariona
Exellant stop near first rate natural beauty

Very good park for camping. One of the better state parks anywhere. Several camping areas will... read more

Reviewed April 30, 2017
Augusta, Georgia
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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.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good34%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“hiking trails” (19 reviews)
“verde river” (57 reviews)
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675 Dead Horse Ranch Rd, Cottonwood, AZ 86326-3711
+1 520-634-5283
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Reviewed May 2, 2017

This is an Arizona state park and a beautiful one. You have the Verde River on one side, lots of Cottonwood trees, greenery and flora/fauna. There are picnic tables galore. Bring your kids, your camera and have a lovely, quiet picnic in central Arizona!

Thank Lindsay M
Reviewed April 30, 2017

Very good park for camping. One of the better state parks anywhere. Several camping areas will accomodate the largest motorhomes. We had a site at Coopers Hawk. Surrounded by trees offering privacy but giving views of mountains. Hiking trails are only minutes away. Being here...More

Thank mydognipper
Reviewed April 27, 2017

I live her so we have a pass. This is such a relaxing place. We fish here often. The trails are accessible.

Thank ElayneClarkdale
Reviewed April 26, 2017

Being up from Cave Creek, the cool air and green vistas of Dead Horse State Ranch were such a pleasure. The cottonwoods were filling the air with little fluffs, like snow! The sky was blue and the sun was bright and the grass was verdant....More

Thank dbsohio
Reviewed April 24, 2017 via mobile

Clean, quiet, great night skies, very large pull throughs in Coopers Hawk area. This would absolutely be a five, except for the campground host. During our three day stay we saw him at least four times, yet he seemed a to make a real effort...More

Thank HikerRichard
Reviewed April 22, 2017

Great hiking along the Verde River or a stroll around the lagoons. If you prefer a horseback ride, that can be arranged.

Thank Lenne K
Reviewed April 19, 2017

We visited dead horse ranch state park for a small family pot luck. we were able to reserve a gazebo that had power and parking near by. the kids were able to fish and run around and the bathrooms were well maintained. We would visit...More

Thank Heather B
Reviewed April 19, 2017

We've been coming to this park for many years & I'll say at the outset that management seems to be slipping a bit in that it's not as clean & cared-for as it has been in the past. We were there 3 nites & the...More

Thank JamaisVu
Reviewed April 18, 2017

Dead Horse Ranch is a large rambling State Park with lots of trees, near the Verdy River and has 3 lakes to fish. There are lots of nice trails and some play areas for the kids. They have several camping areas some with nice sized...More

Thank 707clayg
Reviewed April 17, 2017 via mobile

We stayed in Dead Horse at the recommendation of several other RV friends. We made reservations more than a month out, but in order to get a full week, we had to change sites three times. Make reservations as soon as you know you want...More

Thank Tracy B
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June 29, 2017|
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Response from Mandi L | Reviewed this property |
I believe you can but would call to be sure! Awesome place to picnic too. Don't forget the exit gift shop. Cute stuff!
June 25, 2017|
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Response from Lorelei D | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are plenty of places where your kids can play in the water because the Verde River goes through Dead Horse Park and Cottonwood in general...
Kristen C
November 7, 2016|
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Response from 984deannab | Reviewed this property |
They have a private company within the park,Trailhorse Adventures, that pony rides and trail rides ranging from 1hr to a day long adventure. One of the trails states fun for all ages, however, I don't think the little ones... More