Location

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Elevation 3,300 feet   Fees

Contact the Park:
(928) 639-0312
Verde River Greenway
Dead Horse Ranch SP
2011-B Kestrel Road
Cottonwood, AZ 86326

Facilities

Hiking Trails Equestrian Trails Biking Fishing Swimming Boat Ramp Non-Motorized Watercraft Wildlife Viewing

Nearest Services: 1 mile

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511 Speed Code

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Park's Speed Code: 4248#

Fees

Pay Park Entrance Fee at Dead Horse Ranch SP
Park Entrance Fees:
Per Vehicle (1-4 Adults): $7.00
Individual/Bicycle: $3.00

Camping:
Available at Dead Horse Ranch SP

Verde River Greenway State Natural Area


The Verde River Greenway protects a unique riparian habitat.

The nearly 180-mile long Verde River is a significant resource in Arizona. It is one of the desert's last free-flowing rivers sustaining a large regional wildlife population and a lush riparian community. Since 1986, the state has purchased several parcels of land in the area that is now known as the Verde River Greenway State Natural Area between the Tuzigoot and Bridgeport bridges. Even though there are many parcels of public land along the Verde River please remember to respect the private properties that are also located along the river.

The Greenway encompasses nearly 480 acres and is six miles long. The 3,300 foot elevation means mild temperatures for hiking along the Verde, canoeing, picnicking, fishing, or just wading in the cool water. Life along the river changes with the season, giving visitors a glimpse of great blue heron, black hawks, coyotes, raccoons, mule deer, beavers, ducks, frogs, and toads. The Verde River and surrounding riparian corridor support nearly twenty threatened or endangered species including river otter, southwestern bald eagles, southwestern willow flycatchers, and lowland leopard frogs.

Park & Natural AreaThe Verde River Greenway State Natural Area and Dead Horse Ranch State Park are located next to each other in Cottonwood, Arizona. The Natural Area conserves the land in its natural state, so you won’t find restrooms or modern camping facilities in the Natural Area.

Use Dead Horse Ranch State Park as your base camp to enjoy the hiking, canoeing, and natural surroundings of the Verde River Greenway. Please practice “Leave No Trace” ethics.


The most significant natural resource in the Greenway, besides the year-round flowing river, is the dense forest of riparian trees and shrubs along its riverbank. This Fremont Cottonwood & Gooding Willow Riparian Gallery Forest is one of five remaining stands in Arizona and one of 20 such stands in the world.

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