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Dead Horse Ranch State Park

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Closed Now: 08:00 - 22:00
Open today: 08:00 - 22:00
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Pleasant Park

The main areas of the park are well maintained. There is ample parking by all the lagoons and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Maidstone, United Kingdom
Diverse Activities Offered

Hiking, biking, horse back riding, fishing, and kayaking are all offered within the park. Our... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Tom B
Salida, Colorado
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“verde river”(66 reviews)
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...more
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675 Dead Horse Ranch Rd, Cottonwood, AZ 86326-3711
+1 520-634-5283
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Reviewed yesterday

The main areas of the park are well maintained. There is ample parking by all the lagoons and picnic areas. Sitting by a lagoon watching the dragonflies while having a picnic lunch is ideal. There is also plenty of birdlife to watch, however ,they may...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Hiking, biking, horse back riding, fishing, and kayaking are all offered within the park. Our favorite was the hiking and biking the Lime Kiln Trail and Dead Horse Ranch Trail system. Both of these trails offer excellent views of the area and the valley. I...More

Thank Tom B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and I had a couple of hours to kill before the train ride on the Verde Valley Railroad so we stopped at the park to take some photos and walk off our breakfast. Was pleasantly surprised! We enjoyed the 3 lagoons and the...More

Thank j m
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to this park many different times. While it is one of the best parks in town for the size and quietness, it does not live up to my expectations of state parks. The trails are often overgrown and not very well maintained....More

Thank 613doug
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoy going to Dead Horse, we have been numerous times and we enjoy it everytime. It is great that we are so close to town but it seems like as are far away, it is also nice to be not so far from...More

Thank Tracy A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dead Horse State Park has great camping and really nice facilities to support. The shower/restrooms are clean and nicely maintained. The RV spaces are electric and water, but there is a dump station that is included. Plenty of trails for hiking or mountain biking and...More

Thank C B
Reviewed 10 September 2018

Went there to take pictures for a class in 2007....such beauty and peace there. Long walks or short...river runs through it.

Thank Jane D
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Beautiful! Lots of trails by the river. Clean nice bathrooms. Will be going here again. They also have horseback riding available. Town is close if you need anything

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Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

This park is on the Verde River and has three fishing ponds on it. If you don’t like fishing you can go horseback riding along the river as they have a stable inside the park. My grandson enjoyed the fishing and they sell worms at...More

Thank roydawg1
Reviewed 25 July 2018

This park is nice and quiet and clean . Beautiful mountains lots of trees for shade. Washrooms very clean . Workers and other visitors we met were very friendly. Peaceful .

Thank elliereen50
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Christy D
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Response from Marilyn C | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they do have good facilities here,
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Response from Russell T | Reviewed this property |
I have no idea, but I would take the advice and call the gate house.