Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Arizona

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Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Whether you’re in the mood for camping, mountain biking through the forest, hiking along the river, canoeing, fishing or dipping your toes in the cool water of the Verde River, this state park is perfect for you. Read More

  • Dead Horse Ranch State Park is located in Cottonwood, Arizona. 
  • Enjoy a full weekend with the family as you kayak, canoe, fish, hike, camp – and more. 
  • Plenty of lodging options for your family, including cabin rentals, tent camping and RV hookups.

What can I see and do at Dead Horse Ranch State Park?

  • Fishing: Catfish, rainbow trout, bass and bluegill, Game & Fish has been stocking the ponds every other week since November 2009. 
  • Camping: There are eight one-room cabins available for rental at the park. There are also RV camping sites available, most able to accommodate a 40-foot motor home and truck and trailer rigs up to 65 feet. For those who don’t mind roughing it in a tent, there are numerous camping sites available, some of which are ADA accessible. Plus this is the only campground in the Verde Valley that offers shower facilities! 
  • Wildlife Viewing: Gray fox, jackrabbits, white-tail deer, javelina, striped skunks, bobcats, various reptiles and amphibians are all listed as inhabitants of this area. The park is also home to approximately 200 species of birds, so be sure to pack your bird watching gear. 
  • Trails: Hiking, equestrian and biking trails surround and wind through the park. Most all trailheads are located at the north end of the lagoons and at the end of Flycatcher road. While many of the trails are designated as multi-use, some are more conducive to a particular type of traffic than others. Call ahead if you’re bringing your horse – horse corrals are available with advanced notice.
  • Canoeing and Kayaking: Non-motorized watercrafts are permitted in the lower lagoons. Gas and electric motors must be removed before launching and remember, safety is paramount. Children 12 and under must wear a personal flotation device at all times when boating.

Where is this attraction?

The Ranch is a little over an hour from Prescott. First head up Highway 69 and hang a left on Highway 169. Merge onto I-17 North and drive for about 8 miles, then exit at Exit # 287, toward Cottonwood. Turn left onto AZ-260 and continue for 12 miles until you see South Main Street/AZ-260/AZ-89-ALT, where you’ll exit left. After 2 miles, turn right on 10th Street, which becomes Dead Horse Ranch Road. You’ll find the park at 675 Dead Horse Ranch Road.

When is it open?

The park is open from sun-up to sun-down, year-round.

How much does Dead Horse Park cost?

There is a park entrance fee for each vehicle of 1 to 4 adults of $7.00. Each individual or bicycle is $3.00. Tent sites can be reserved for $15 each. Electric sites for $25 each, and cabins for $55. There is a $5 non-refundable reservation fee per site.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

Questions can be directed to the park at 928-634-5283 or visit their website.