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Dead Horse Ranch State Park
675 Dead Horse Ranch Road
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Number of Sites:
123 sites
3300 feet


Don’t be alarmed by its name: Dead Horse Ranch State Park is located next to the community of Cottonwood in the scenic Verde Valley and is alive with animal and human activity. Perhaps best known as a 'nest' for bird watching, the park is also favored for picnicking, camping, canoeing, horseback riding, and stream and pond fishing. Walking trails meander along the shady banks of 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. The park, with its full-facility campground is also a good base for exploring other attractions in and around the beautiful Verde Valley.
Basic Amenities
  • Drinking Water
  • Dumping Facilities
  • Full Hook-Ups
  • Hot & Cold Running Water
  • Hot Showers
  • Modern Restrooms
  • Pull-Through RV Sites
  • RV Sites
Additional Conveniences
  • Group Sites Available
  • Pets Allowed
  • Tent Sites Available
Additional Notes

Camping Cabins: Eight one-room log camping cabins are available at Dead Horse Ranch by reservation. They are tucked away from the other campgrounds, making them an ideal getaway for a weekend or for the week. The cabins are variably furnished with a full size bed, a bunk bed, table & chairs, dresser-drawer, ceiling fan with overhead light, and electricity. Campers must supply their own linens. Each cabin also has a barbecue and picnic table outside. Family-style shower facilities are only a short walk from all of the cabins. There is an electrified ramada with barbecues and a fire pit in the area that can be shared by cabin guests.

Amenity list above may not be complete.


Year round
Near Cottonwood, south of Sedona
3300 feet
Basic Info
Total Sites:
123 sites
More Site Details
Max RV Length:
65 feet
RV Hookups:
Water and Electric
Electric Service:
Pet Policy
Pets must be restrained or on a leash.
Fishing,  Hiking, 

Mountain Biking
Equestrian Guided Trail Rides

Additional Details
Fishing/boating lagoons (no motors), Ramada shade structure, and a gift shop are on site.

Basic Directions
From Interstate 17 go West at Exit 287 (Highway 260 toward Cottonwood). Continue approximately 11 miles to Main Street in Cottonwood (Hwy 89A) and turn left. Continue through Cottonwood on Main Street (the street will gradually curve to the left). Turn right (North) on North 10th Street. You'll see a brown information sign for the park before the 10th Street turn.

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