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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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Go Horseback Riding Here!

Nice state park ($7 entrance fee) -- has horseback riding at Trail Horse Adventures - well worth it... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Travelguy916
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Sacramento, California
Nice people, great guide, Dirty Horses!!

The owner of the horses was very nice, seems to love her job. The guide, Dan, was great. He has a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sylvia2002
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Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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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.
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  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“hiking trails” (22 reviews)
“verde river” (65 reviews)
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 22:00
LOCATION
675 Dead Horse Ranch Rd, Cottonwood, AZ 86326-3711
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+1 520-634-5283
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"horseback riding"
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"hiking trails"
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"verde river"
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"tent camping"
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"trout"
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"dump station"
in 13 reviews
"bird watching"
in 9 reviews
"rv sites"
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"camp host"
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"bald eagles"
in 9 reviews
"close to town"
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"bathrooms were clean"
in 6 reviews
"birding festival"
in 5 reviews
"stayed here"
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"coopers hawk"
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"great blue heron"
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"great hiking"
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Reviewed yesterday

Nice state park ($7 entrance fee) -- has horseback riding at Trail Horse Adventures - well worth it - small man-made lake stocked for fishing and good trails for walking/hiking.

Thank Travelguy916
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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

Thank Sylvia2002
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Beautiful Park worth the drive out of Sedona. One of the highlights for the entire trip was horseback riding here with Allie as a guide. Three generations of folks running the program showed their pride and professionalism in making us feel at home and at...More

Thank lynne p
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent two nights here and waited till the last day to look around the park and find the lakes and picnic areas. This is a beautiful park and on our list to stop by again when we are in the area.

Thank rowland2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have hiked almost all the trails here and love them all. From an easy mile to Tavasci marsh to the 7 mile Thumper loop they are all good, but be prepared for going uphill on the way out as these trails all start down...More

Thank Stuart S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed for a couple of nights - we're from the country so it was very pleasant to be out in nature - the cottonwoods were fluffy pillows blowing around and fireflies were a treat

Thank PeggyNorris
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great location with plenty of camping locations and fishing for all ages. Park is right outside two towns, Clarkdale and Cottonwood, Arizona. This park is great for a quite fishing trip with tent camping and RV sites if needed. Staff and volunteers were friendly and...More

Thank Steve M
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Reviewed 19 May 2018

We visited this park liked the story behind it, friendly people. Spent most the day here waiting for our favorite Blazin M Ranch to open .

2  Thank davidw702017
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Reviewed 7 May 2018

This state park has many campgrounds. The centerpiece is a series of three lagoons built in 2002 to attract birds. The park is a stopping point for both great blue and green herons, eagles, and many others. The park can be easily visited in a...More

1  Thank John M
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

Expansive park along the Verde River impressed this Californian. I I was there for Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival - a great event in a super park. My focus was birding so I did not get to see all of the park, but what...More

Thank bobby70_10
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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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3littlebearsmom
23 March 2018|
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Response from Marilyn C | Reviewed this property |
Terrific
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loriecollingwood
11 February 2018|
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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.
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