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Dead Horse Ranch State Park, Cottonwood
(4.4/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
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  • This is a very pretty well maintained park. We went there to hike and found many wonderful hiking trails through the forest and by the river. There are large camping areas and they even offer horse tr...  more »
  • This is a great park situated along the Verde River. Bring you RV or a tent. The park and facilities are always clean. Take a hike along the tree-lined Verde River. Fish in one the lagoons, ride your ...  more »
  • A friend of mine and I rented two horses at Dead Horse Ranch. We had a wonderful ride with our wrangler/guide, Bill. He told great stories, was very knowledgeable of the area and had a great sense of ...  more »
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  • Mar 2014: The Best State Park where I've stayed--ever! Great staff and friendly park hosts. Excellent facilities, clean and spacious sites. On line reservations allowed by site. Spotless restrooms and showers. Only drawback was many vacant yet reserved sites--a flaw in AZ Parks reservation system makes moving to another vacant site impossible. They need to implement a 'no-show' policy to avoid lost revenue and accommodate more RVers. Park hosts have sewer; otherwise sites have water and elec only. Great hiking trails, lagoon fishing and wildlife. In the town of Cottonwood. Checkout the Verde Valley Railroad while you're staying at this park. This park is a gem and we'd definitely stay again!
  • Had the most amazing ride at the Trail horse Adventures. The guide Russ was so knowledgeable and fun spirited. He explained all the sites all the animal life and knew just about everything there is to know. I would recommend this to anyone who loves riding horses and would love to see some amazing sites first hand. You get to pass the grave site of the first settlers to Arizona which is so amazing to see,, mountain side caves that native Americans would use for hunting and shelter and the whole story of how dead horse ranch came to be. This is a MUST!!
  • This is my favorite place to camp. (Always stay at Quail Loop) There's showers with cold and warm water, and electricity within the bathroom and campsite if you want there to be. You can get in the river which is only a 10min walk down the trail from our campsite. There's also huge fishing and boating lakes. My only complaint which they probably wouldn't even be able to control is cigarette smokers...
  • As a bicycle tourist with a tent, I was not impressed with this facility. It is geared for RVers, not campers. The tent area is a shadeless, windswept asphalt patch for $25. The RV sites looked nice, but $35 is pretty steep for a piece of shade. They charge $3 to access the Lime Kiln trail by bicycle -- all on your public lands. I ended up spending a little more for a room at the Little Daisy, which was a delight. If you're driving an RV, it's probably a nice park.
  • This is our favorite state campground, yet! And we have stayed at several. It is very well maintained and the restrooms/showers are kept very clean. The campsites are spacious and the views are beautiful!! One of the Park Rangers, Ryan was extremely helpful and courteous, kind and friendly. Never too busy to point us in the right direction as far as sites to see in the area, never too busy to chat a bit. People camping at the park also were courteous and friendly....and quiet! Just being at the campground enjoying the trails, lagoons, etc. was very relaxing! We will definitely stay here again if given the opportunity, and would highly recommend it to all campers!!!