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Elevation 3,300 feet   Fees

Contact the Park:
(928) 634-5283
Dead Horse Ranch SP
675 Dead Horse Ranch Rd.
Cottonwood, AZ 86326


Visitor Center Restrooms Gift Shop Group: Day Use Areas Group: Camping Sites Camping Cabins Ramadas Electric RV Sites Non Electric RV Sites Dump Station Showers Picnic Areas/Shelters Hiking Trails Equestrian Trails Biking Fishing Boat Ramp Non-Motorized Watercraft Wildlife Viewing

Nearest Services: 1 mile

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Park's Speed Code: 4210#


Park Entrance Fees:
Per Vehicle (1-4 Adults): $7.00
Individual/Bicycle: $3.00

Camping Fees:
Non-Electric/tent site: $15
Red Tail: $25
Cooper's Hawk: $25
Quail Loop: $30
Cabin Rental: $55

Fee Schedule

Verde River Day at Dead Horse Ranch State Park was a great success. See you next Sept!
Thank you to all the visitors, vendors, volunteers and staff that made the 27th Annual Verde River Days a fantastic svent! See you next year!

October 24: Verde Valley Adventure: One Day Kayaking Trip

Don't miss the astounding autumn colors of the Verde Valley and a great day of kayaking on the Verde River. Join us on Saturday, October 24 for a fun and informative excursion. Explore one of Arizona’s most beautiful and critical waterways, the Verde River, while kayaking along a 3-mile stretch of the river and the unique habitat it provides. Then, enjoy lunch and wine-tasting in the historic Town of Clarkdale at Main Street Café and Four Eight Wineworks. This day trip includes round trip transportation from the Phoenix Metro area, for $200 per person (includes a $110 tax deductible contribution to support the Arizona State Parks Foundation) External Link. All necessary equipment is provided. Registration is limited, register online through Eventbrite.External Link (use drop down menu and choose OCT 24 event). Or email Coordinator at

Dead Horse Ranch Now Offers 24/7 Online Campground & Camping Cabin Reservations!

Reserve your spot (campground RV or tent site or a camping cabin) from the comfort of your home, anytime of day. Make online reservations More Site reservations for this park are also available by calling the Reservation Center at (520) 586-2283. You can call 7 days a week, from 8 am to 5 pm MST. There is a $5 non-refundable reservation fee per site.

Trail Horse AdventuresRide a Horse with Trail Horse Adventures; Located Inside the Park!

Experience the beauty and wonder of the land from horseback! The Verde River makes this park an oasis in the desert where a wide variety of animals and plants live. You can rent a horse inside the park at Trail Horse Adventures. Visit External Link for more information or call 866-958-7245.
Outlaw Trail = 1 hour trail ride $65.00 plus tax
High Desert Trail = 1.5 hour trail ride $79.00 plus tax
Trail, Rails, Rhythm & Ribs = Enjoy a 1 hour trail ride through the park, then take a journey into the past with a First Class ticket on the Verde Canyon Railroad, followed by a BBQ chuckwagon supper and Western Stage Show at the famous Blazin' M ranch! = $205 plus tax.

Dead Horse Ranch
Dead Horse Ranch State Park is a beautiful park located in the Riparian area of the Verde Valley. The park offers camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and rents Camping Cabins.The developed portion of Dead Horse Ranch State Park covers 423 acres. The 3,300 foot elevation accounts for the mild temperatures that are ideal for camping, mountain biking in the Coconino National Forest, hiking along the Verde River, canoeing, picnicking, fishing, or just wading in the cool water.

The developed portion of Dead Horse Ranch State Park covers 423 acres. The 3,300 foot elevation accounts for the mild temperatures that are ideal for camping, mountain biking in the Coconino National Forest, hiking along the Verde River, canoeing, picnicking, fishing, or just wading in the cool water.

A six-mile reach of the river is known as the Verde River Greenway State Natural Area. Its unique ecosystem, the Cottonwood and 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.

Dead Horse Ranch Camping CabinCamping 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. Learn More (Learn More)

How Dead Horse Ranch Got Its Name

Dead Horse Ranch designThe story of the park's name begins with the Ireys family, who came to Arizona from Minnesota looking for a ranch to buy in the late 1940s. At one of the ranches they discovered a large dead horse lying by the road. After two days of viewing ranches, Dad Ireys asked the kids which ranch they liked the best. The kids said, “the one with the dead horse, Dad!” The Ireys family chose the name Dead Horse Ranch and later, in 1973, when Arizona State Parks acquired the park, the Ireys made retaining the name a condition of sale.

Park & Natural AreaDead Horse Ranch State Park and the Verde River Greenway State Natural Area 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.

On April 2, 2014, this 13 lb. 6 oz. Largemouth Bass was caught in the lagoon at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood. Nice catch!!

Lagoons Stocked

Catfish are usually stocked twice a year: National Fishing Day (in June) and Verde River Day (last Saturday in September). Trout are stocked every other week from early November through late March. Arizona Game & Fish schedules stocking; go to for dates.

For information on fishing throughout the state, visit Arizona Game & Fish.

Biking Video From New Year's Day 2012

Verde Valley Cyclists enjoy a ride on New Year's Day at Dead Horse Ranch SP.

Fishing Videos

Rich Edwards of Cottonwood, AZ, displays a largemouth bass he caught in the middle lagoon July, 2011.

After you start the video, change resolution to 480 for High Quality. Aaron Jackson displays a catfish caught at Dead Horse Ranch State Park's Free Fishing Day on June 12, 2010.

Wins Certificate of Excellence

Dead Horse Ranch SP has been awarded a 2014 Certificate of Excellence, signifying that it has consistently earned outstanding feedback from TripAdvisor travelers.


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