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Dead Horse Ranch State Park

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Open Now: 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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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 1 week ago
Tammy W
Cottonwood, Arizona
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We camped in this park and loved the peace and quiet, the mountain views, the comfort station, and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
San Luis Obispo, California
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“hiking trails”(22 reviews)
“verde river”(67 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
Most Helpful Positive Review
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 17 January 2002

The Trout fishing pond within the park is one of Dead Horse Ranch's secrets. Stocked on a scheduled basis by AZ Game and Fish (http://www.gf.state.az.us/frames/whatsnew/idx_frep.htm)<--stocking schedule, everyone is sure to catch their limit. Spring and Summer months can bring in a crowd around the pond,...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 18 July 2018

The owner of the horses was very nice, seems to love her job. The guide, Dan, was great. He has a wealth of knowledge about the history of the area, the flora and was a pleasure to ride with. The first thing to look at...More

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Reviewed 6 days 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

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Tammy W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank SLL009
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank linda8201
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Andy L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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

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

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

Thank 613doug
Reviewed 2 October 2018

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
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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.