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Dead Horse Ranch Cottonwood

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Dead Horse Ranch
675 Dead Horse Ranch Road
Cottonwood
AZ
86326
Tel: (928) 634-5283

Directions

From I-17 take (exit 287) Hwy 260 to Cottonwood. Hwy. 260 intersects with 89A/Main Street. Turn left on Main Street and proceed to North 10th Street. Turn right (north) on North 10th Street. Continue on North 10th across the Verde River Bridge to the park entrance.

Where are we going today?

Despite its distinctive name, Dead Horse Ranch is situated amidst an abundance of life along the Verde River. A six-mile reach of the river is known as the Verde River Greenway. Its unique ecosystem, the Cottonwood / Willow riparian gallery forest, is one of less than 20 such riparian zones in the world. Life along the river changes with the seasons, giving visitors a glimpse of the numerous species of raptors, neotropical migrants, resident songbirds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish.
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    I love it there it's very nice and cool

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    I can't recommend Dead Horse Ranch State Park too highly! It is a wonderful park, with many wonderful opportunities for camping activities including hiking, fishing, bike riding (especially MTB), and bird watching. The staff are wonderful, with a special nod of the head to Randy Victory who teaches an excellent beginning MTB class in the Spring and Fall. It doesn't hurt that the park is located in the lovely little town of Cottonwood, making it easy to have a bike repair done, pick up a forgotten item, or have a restaurant dinner if the mood...Read More

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    Excellent place and reasonable price. Kinda warm in the summer months. The ponds were cool for the kids can go fishing.

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    From the people at the gate to the cabin hosts, excellent. Very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed ourselves immensely! Don't miss the 7.5 mile hike which is part of the lime kiln trail.

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    Best campground I have been to.

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by Fran McHugh

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I can't recommend Dead Horse Ranch State Park too highly! It is a wonderful park, with many wonderful opportunities for camping activities including hiking, fishing, bike riding (especially MTB), and bird watching. The staff are wonderful, with a special nod of the head to Randy Victory who teaches an excellent beginning MTB class in the Spring and Fall. It doesn't hurt that the park is located in the lovely little town of Cottonwood, making it easy to have a bike repair done, pick up a forgotten item, or have a restaurant dinner if the mood strikes. Whether for a day trip or an extended stay, you will enjoy your time at Dead Horse Ranch State Park.

One word of caution, if you intend to ride off-road you must have some kind of tire sealant in your tubes. Tribulus terrestris, known throughout Arizona as either bullhead or goathead, abounds. An unsuspecting ride across a green meadow could have you riding on a tire surface completely covered in the devilish little caltrops. (Likewise, barefoot walking is to be avoided, as it should be in most wild settings.)

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