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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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Nice Park

A fairly nice park, but in all honesty it isn't anything overly special. The fees are okay and to... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Panama City, Florida
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Love this place

Another great trip, great views and I love the hiking available in and around the Park. This time... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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)
“quail” (14 reviews)
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675 Dead Horse Ranch Rd, Cottonwood, AZ 86326-3711
+1 520-634-5283
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A fairly nice park, but in all honesty it isn't anything overly special. The fees are okay and to be expected, nothing wrong with them as some other reviews have stated. My only real issue with the park is it doesn't really offer anything new...More

Thank IvanTortuga
Reviewed 1 week ago

Another great trip, great views and I love the hiking available in and around the Park. This time the only open spot I could get had no shade and it was unseasonably warm for November. Still pleasant but some shade would be nice. I thought...More

Thank Karen H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great little park to check out when in the cottonwood area. Great walks, short or long, your choice as there are quite a few trails. Today we say a couple of Eagle brothers looking for dinner, a skunk (not a highlight), some bunnies and...More

Thank EJ B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a awesome time very kid friendly the campsites are not near the water due to flash flood concerns but is still accessible. There are 3 lagoons that do not connect and the river runs through the park. The only thing negative is,the restroom...More

Thank alejandro f
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While my bride was off to classes in lovely San Diego for a week, I decided to take my lab and go camping. Really have always enjoyed this area of Arizona, and because the weather was getting nicer and not so hot, Augustus and I...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are many trails at this park--varying distances and difficulty. For a nice walk, I suggest walking around the 3 lagoons. Depending on the time of year, you will see great blue heron, green heron, bald eagles, osprey, ducks and many smaller birds. I have...More

Thank Lynne B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a week tent camping and was blown away at this site!! Felt secure and safe! Shower house was clean, well kept, and absolutely the best we have seen! Enjoyed the quiet serenity and peaceful surroundings! Night sky was amazing!!

Thank snshendrix5
Reviewed 15 October 2017

We stayed the night at Dead Horse Ranch in a state park, so much space, bbq and fire pits available but you have to bring your own timber. Only toilets and shower blocks but a lovely rural site. Went for a walk down the line...More

Thank Julie W
Reviewed 6 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 3 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
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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!
26 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
8 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