Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Camping, canoeing, hiking, and fishing. Do all of this and more at Dead Horse Ranch State Park, located in the Coconino National Forest in Cottonwood.

Don’t let the name fool you. Dead Horse Ranch State Park is located in a beautiful area in Cottonwood and has plenty to make this a favorite destination.

History & Nature

Dead Horse is also adjacent to the Verde River Greenway State Natural Area, which conserves land in its natural state. If you’re eager to experience Arizona’s nature in its purest form, this is the place to be. A unique ecosystem and riparian zone offer plenty of opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. And you’ll want to make more than one trip, too – life along the river changes with the seasons so there’s always something new to experience. Keep an eye out for raptors, neotropical migrants, songbirds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish.

Things To Do

At an elevation of 3,300 feet, the park enjoys mild temperatures, perfect for camping, mountain biking in the Coconino National Forest, hiking along the picturesque Verde River, canoeing, picnicking, fishing, or wading in the refreshingly cool water.

The nearby river and lagoons make this a great place for beginning or seasoned anglers. The water is stocked with Rainbow Trout throughout the winter, and Channel Catfish are stocked in the warmer months, so cast a line whenever you’re here.

Hotels, Lodging & Camping

A day trip might be too short, so make sure to reserve one of the eight one-room log camping cabins. Or, camp out on one of the many campgrounds.

Hours & Pricing

Day Use: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Visitor Center/Park Store: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

* Please verify hours on the website.


  • Per vehicle: $7/day
  • Individual/bicycle: $3/day

For More Information

Dead Horse Ranch State Park
675 Dead Horse Ranch Rd.
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
(928) 634-5283

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