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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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Pleasant Surprise on the Verde River

By and large an unknown state park, Dead Horse Ranch offers many things - lakes (they call lagoons... read more

Reviewed 17 July 2017
Kate O
Phoenix, Arizona
Camping & fishing fun

We stayed two nights camping at dead horse. Great camp sites and nice people. We also went fishing... read more

Reviewed 1 July 2017
joyeux g
via mobile
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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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“verde river” (58 reviews)
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675 Dead Horse Ranch Rd, Cottonwood, AZ 86326-3711
+1 520-634-5283
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Reviewed 17 July 2017

By and large an unknown state park, Dead Horse Ranch offers many things - lakes (they call lagoons) for fishing, camp and cabin sites, horseback riding, lots of hiking trails. Only complaint is that they need to redo bathrooms in cabin area.

Thank Kate O
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

We stayed two nights camping at dead horse. Great camp sites and nice people. We also went fishing and had a lot of fun. Can't wait to go back.

Thank joyeux g
Reviewed 25 June 2017

We camped here for 5 days with our motorhome and the only complaint I had was the heat. The temp was between 108-114 for the entire stay. A bit to warm to do much hiking (other than early in the morning which we did) or...More

Thank B0bK
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Great park for fishing,there are also hiking trails. Didn't see any wildlife when i visited and it was too hot to hike, so I basically drove around and then let. Cost to get in is 7.00. Went down to see the Verde River, it was...More

Thank travelwriter52
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

$7 for a car of 4 and a nice day. You can bring a picnic. Beautiful views with lakes you can walk all 3. You may see some eagles and wildlife. Horses too!

Thank Mandi L
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

This has got to be one of the best places to mountain bike. It is located about 30 minutes south of Sedona. I would highly suggest a clockwise route. Downhill is screaming fun.

Thank sundayfunnies
Reviewed 30 May 2017

We camped here with our toy hauler and had our Harley with us . very nice campground, great place to be located to rider out to alot of great places, like sedona,montezuma castle , the red rocks, Jerome, etc. cottonwood is a very nice town...More

1  Thank Gina503
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

We honestly booked this cabin because it's all we could find for memorial day weekend. We were very pleasantly surprised! Clean, comfy, and quiet, lovely nature trails, and a great central location for Jerome, old town cottonwood, Sedona, and more! We're already planning our next...More

Thank Sandra H
Reviewed 23 May 2017

A good place to go for fishing or picnic. Nice for a group picnic where a large gathering can spread out and enjoy games and friendship. Pavilions for shade and eating. Good fishing if you use the right bait.

Thank Benjamin V
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

Friend and I started our hike in the park & hiked Tavasci swamp to Tuzigoot monument. Nice hike. There are also 3 small lakes for fishing in this state Park. Very peaceful. Great if you are looking to enjoy nature & Verde River abutts the...More

Thank Susan C
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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
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