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Dead Horse Ranch State Park

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675 Dead Horse Ranch Rd, Cottonwood, AZ 86326-3711
+1 520-634-5283
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Perfect for easy exercise

We just use the park for walking our dog. There are three lagoons with well maintained trails... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2017
Dave P
Shawnee, Kansas
via mobile
Awesome State Park

We have stayed here before, long sites are available, clean restrooms and showers, your in the... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
B. B
Tucson, Arizona
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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.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good34%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“hiking trails” (20 reviews)
“verde river” (59 reviews)
“dump station” (12 reviews)
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675 Dead Horse Ranch Rd, Cottonwood, AZ 86326-3711
+1 520-634-5283
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Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

We just use the park for walking our dog. There are three lagoons with well maintained trails around each, plus separate horse trails. Lots of trees and wildlife. New restrooms. Ample parking. If you don’t like crowds then be sure to check if the park...More

Thank Dave P
Reviewed 2 October 2017

We have stayed here before, long sites are available, clean restrooms and showers, your in the desert so expect the unexpected. We had a skunk show up for dessert after we cooked on the fire pit/grill outside the camper, I shooed it away so no...More

Thank B. B
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Wonderful place for the entire family and everything except for food was FREE. Great experience for the entire family.

Thank MustangCarla
Reviewed 27 September 2017

Did not stay here we only went to check it out, looks like a camp grounds that offers a lot of variety for different peoples likes

Thank fos0858
Reviewed 8 September 2017

We stopped to see what it was like. Not overly impressed. It would be nicer if the ponds were connected.

1  Thank clogtchr
Reviewed 6 September 2017

This place has a lot of hiking and horse trails and places to camp with tent, RV, or cabins for rent. There are a lot of picnic areas if just want to spend the day or part of it. The lagoons are so peaceful and...More

Thank seeingamericafirst
Reviewed 28 August 2017

I have stayed here several times, from Scout outings to simple family camping. There is so much to do, from hiking and bike riding to fishing or horseback riding. You would never know you are so close to town.

Thank franksteele
Reviewed 13 August 2017

This park is always clean. They have cabins to rent, ponds to fish, great RV campsites and horses to rent for a trail ride. Fantastic for younger kids to bike ride with parents.

Thank AZGirl2014
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Great place, camping picnicking, or just a day at the park. Lots of Ramada's with BBQ and picnic tables. You can fish, hike trails, canoe, set up a game of Cornhole or Horseshoes. Very clean and we'll kept. Great place for an outing.

Thank tkbailey5
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Love all the lakes and my Greyhound loves to walk the trails These some really cute rustic cabins for rent and the birdwatching is amazing You can camp here and have a nature walk on the old jail trail

Thank carolcapy
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29 June 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!
25 June 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
7 November 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