We loved staying in our tent in the Blackhawk Loop. Sites on the outside are more spacious and the tent pad is also a little further from where you park your car. The view across to Jerome was beautiful and almost majestic at night. We had clear skies and was able to get a clear view of Jupiter and Saturn. This campground is extremely clean. The bathroom were always clean and the camp hosts clean each site between campers. They remove any ashes that are left in the fire pits which also have a cooking grate. It was cold at night but warmed up during the day. The location is also great with Old Town Cottonwood five minutes away and Sedona was about a twenty to twenty-five minute drive. We can’t wait to come back.
We spent 3 nights here, using our camp spot as a "command center" for exploring the area around Cottonwood (including Sedona, Jerome, Montezuma's Castle, Tuzigoot, etc. etc.) We kept busy and were really not "home" during many daylight hours, but it was a great base to return to each evening. Dead Horse Ranch State Park has A LOT of camping spots, and can accomodate pretty much any vehicle. We were in a pull through site (31) that we really liked. The only surprise was that our nicely blacktopped spot was not very level...we had to put two blocks under the front passenger tire and one under the rear passenger tire. Hardly the end of the world though. One night we were there was Monday night, and folks were outside enjoying grilling and watching the game. But nothing ever got anything close to rowdy. It was a very quiet campground, and even though every site was full, and honestly, the space between sites is only about average, we never felt squeezed in or encroached upon. Every site has a picnic table and a grill. The electric and water hookups were fine (water pressure not the best I've ever had, but more than okay). Because it's such a busy place for camping, the two dump stations on the way out of the park DO sometimes have a wait. And one of them doesn't have access to water, which is tough when you prefer to also backflush your black tank. The park itself is lovely, but unless you like fishing, probably won't hold you there too long. It's more as a quiet, inexpensive pretty place to stay rather than a destination in and of itself. We walked around a couple of lagoons and enjoyed some bird activity...but I would say don't think of this place as the be-all, end-all of your trip. But you're 30ish minutes to Sedona, 20ish minutes to Jerome, etc. We would certainly stay here again.…
I stayed here for five days in early January, while visiting a friend in Cottonwood. The campground hand gotten great reviews on all the camping apps, and I could certainly see why. Everything was well kept, the staff were friendly and warm, the campsites were awesome -- easy in/out -- and the views just spectacular. Best of all, it's so close to old town Cottonwood for great shopping and food. I look forward to staying here again.
Another fine example of the beautiful State Parks in our country. Big wide open sites, some with nice shade. Pull through and back-in sites. Water and electric hookups. Beautiful walking trails and ponds. Lots of people bird watching here. Decent cell service, which was a little surprising. Nearby shopping, gas, restaurants, etc.
We camped here in a 42ft 5th wheel. This loop had plenty of room and the sites on the outside of the back of the loop are up against the hill so provides a bit more privacy. Just know that those sites will get afternoon sun on your awning side. Still really nice sites!