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“Nature at its finest...”

Dead Horse Ranch State Park
Ranked #3 of 39 things to do in Cottonwood
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Ventura, California
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Nature at its finest...”
Reviewed September 29, 2013

This is a State park with power & water only connections. There is a dump station at the park entrance that is FREE.

This is a huge park with several different areas each with lots of spaces. Being AZ there is little or no shade trees, mostly shrubbery! There are three different lakes 2 for fishing and one for the kids and canoeing. They are nice sized but not big. All roads are well maintained tarmac. There were lots of volunteer rangers, the check-in was easy and very friendly.

There are separate spaces for tent, trailer and RV. All spaces are long and very wide with lots of separation space, very private. Lots of space to hang out. Each space has a BBQ stand and fire pit so you can enjoy the beautiful evenings under the starry sky. RV spaces have 50 amp AC.

The weekend we stayed here they had there River Days on and had lots of things to do including free fishing, canoeing, live music, and lots of presentations. All for FREE including parking.

We traveled in a 36ft Motorhome towing our Miata.

Cost $20 per/night.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank SquireDude
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Won't recommend it.”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

One of the worst state park campgrounds including poor maintenance. Impossible to spot a park ranger in case of any questions.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank Dixie_cl
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Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Nice Little Small Town Park”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

This is a small park with a few small ponds, a couple of which are fun for the kids to try their skills at fishing. They also have camping (RV spaces and Tent spaces), but they're a bit close together and the upper level camping areas have no shade whatsoever. Horseback rides available as well as hiking trails.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank ArizonaKeyWestBound
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San Antonio
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Great place for hiking, biking and camping”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

Good trails for mountain biking, hiking and camping. Clean restrooms with showers. Tent campsites have little shade but great views at night of Jerome and stars. Didn't go to the lagoons.

Visited May 2013
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Hampton, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
383 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
“Geocaching in the park”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

Sandy and I came here to find some geocaches. She humors this with me, mostly, though has spotted several herself. This is a very nice park - I wish we'd been able to go to the headquarters and see what was there. It was hot, but able to find a few spots of shade and lots to see as we chased our elusive targets. It seems to have many things for lots of folks. I'd really like to know where and how it got its name!

Visited June 2013
1 Thank GrandpaGene
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