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Dead Horse Ranch State Park

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Lovely place, this year was very good for plants/trees/flowers lots of rain ... and SO SO green... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Baltimore, Maryland
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Great place to spend the day or camp. You can hike, fish, camp, & enjoy nature. Right next to the... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2018
Tammy W
Cottonwood, Arizona
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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...more
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675 Dead Horse Ranch Rd, Cottonwood, AZ 86326-3711
+1 520-634-5283
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Lovely place, this year was very good for plants/trees/flowers lots of rain ... and SO SO green. Didn't feel like I was in the desert.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank UrbanLadya411
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed a day of hiking at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. At the gatehouse ranger's suggestion we hiked the Raptor Trail. It was a moderately difficult hole with beautiful desert views. We also hiked around the "lagoons", which were "easy" flat trails. We saw several...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 6 November 2018

Great place to spend the day or camp. You can hike, fish, camp, & enjoy nature. Right next to the Verde River.

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank Tammy W
Reviewed 24 October 2018

We camped in this park and loved the peace and quiet, the mountain views, the comfort station, and the great attention to keeping the place clean, thanks to the hard working camp hosts. If you're a nature lover, this is the place for you. There...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank SLL009
Reviewed 24 October 2018

This park is so well maintained and somewhat of a hidden gem in AZ as most folks in this area of the state, frequent Sedona. During the weekdays, it is rarely crowded and one can enjoy so many places to walk and hike that are...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank linda8201
Reviewed 18 October 2018

i went with friends and camped in tents. they have rv spots and handycaped cabins as well so its fun for everyone

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Andy L
Reviewed 17 October 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank phil52_10
Reviewed 14 October 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Tom B
Reviewed 11 October 2018 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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank j m
Reviewed 2 October 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 613doug
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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.