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Dead Horse Ranch State Park

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Address: 675 Dead Horse Ranch Rd, Cottonwood, AZ 86326-3711
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+1 520-634-5283
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08:00 - 17:00
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A scenic park that belies its ominous name and is best known for bird...

A scenic park that belies its ominous name and is best known for bird watching, camping, canoeing, hiking and horseback riding.

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A day fishing

This is a nice to fish! It has two ponds to fish in. There are places to have a picnic. And also a place set up to clean your fish you just caught!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
cottonwooddad
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a nice to fish! It has two ponds to fish in. There are places to have a picnic. And also a place set up to clean your fish you just caught!

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Thank cottonwooddad
Angel Fire, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is our first Arizona state park and we were very impressed. Large paved spaces, nice fire rings, plenty of trails and views galore. Site 56 was great. I'm sure it gets hot in the summer. The bathrooms were clean and park service was very nice. They even sell ice!

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Thank R_and_L_OK
Spokane, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was a cold day but still is a lovely place to walk with nicely maintained trails and pathways around small lakes. Of course water always attracts birds and we saw Ringneck ducks and a female Vermilion flycatcher. It is a nice spot for fishing and or picnicking.

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Thank MrPish
Glendale, Arizona
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

It was great. Stocked fishing ponds. Met great locals, fun talking with them about the days fishing. Clean (heated) restrooms and showers! Helpful camp hosts.

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Thank frankandkelly2015
Cottonwood, Arizona
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80 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

What a surprise - one block off the main road is this beautiful setting. There's camping, hiking, fishing in the lake and birding. You can walk your dog through the park and/or have a picnic using their grills. Depending on the time of year the birds use the reeds and trees for their home. The park is well maintained and... More 

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Thank mrskemosabe
Nevada City, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

This is a place that the only River in Arizona still runs freely. We saw two men with kayaks taking the river that is part of this facility . They were doing some pruning for the park and told us it was the only free running River in Arizona!

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Thank DianeWittmanPunteri
Cottonwood, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

This is the time of year to enjoy Dead Horse. The weather is cooler during the day and if you enjoy sitting around the campfire it is awesomely cold to enjoy. Fishing is always fun, they started stocking trout in November! Biking, hiking, fishing...what more could you ask for? Oh yeah, beautiful views of Cottonwood at night, stars, stars, and... More 

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Thank A74Patriot
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

This is a very pretty well maintained park. We went there to hike and found many wonderful hiking trails through the forest and by the river. There are large camping areas and they even offer horse trail rides.

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Cornville, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

This is a great park situated along the Verde River. Bring you RV or a tent. The park and facilities are always clean. Take a hike along the tree-lined Verde River. Fish in one the lagoons, ride your mountain bike or hit the trails by horseback. It's all in one place!

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Thank larryjuskie
Kiowa, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

A friend of mine and I rented two horses at Dead Horse Ranch. We had a wonderful ride with our wrangler/guide, Bill. He told great stories, was very knowledgeable of the area and had a great sense of humor. I highly recommend taking advantage of this wonderful horseback adventure. It was the best part of our trip!!

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