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Dead Horse Ranch State Park Campground

675 Dead Horse Ranch Rd, Cottonwood, Arizona 86326-3711 USA

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“'round a fire, under the stars, out in the west”

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.

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87 people have reviewed this location

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4.7 Access
4.7 Location
4.7 Cleanliness
4.4 Site Quality
4.5 Noise

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Reviewed by
dougwhitehill

  • 5 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
September 05, 2015
Rated

Stayed at the Blackhawk Loop campground. $15/night with hot showers and large facilities. Didn't think that there would be any spots, since we arrived after sunset but were happy to find a couple of spots to choose from that were really nicely maintained.

Creosote and hot air balloons in the morning, love it!

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Reviewed by
KailaRain

  • 14 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
July 16, 2015
Rated 4.0

This makes for a nice little getaway. We enjoy fishing, or walking around the area. It is very close to many very nice little restaurants and bars so if you aren't into "roughing it" you can come go fishing in the afternoon and then relax and tell fish stories over a beer or wine at one of the local places.

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Reviewed by
Anna Hider

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August 31, 2014
Rated 4.0

They stock the lagoons with trout, I believe so there's always good fishing, and of course they have horses you can ride-- which is ironic given the park's name. It actually got its name from the family that owned the land before. They were looking for a ranch, and they found a dead horse on the road by this one. When the parents asked the kids which ranch they liked best they allegedly said "The one with the dead horse!" The name stuck, and when the land was sold to the state for a park, keeping the name was one condition of the sale!

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Reviewed by
Campendium

January 04, 2016
Rated

We arrived close to 7:00 pm, but we were able to meander to our site easily. They had the orange cone out to reserve our spot, and we backed in easily as there are not too many big trees around the sites in this campground. There are a few in between your neighbors, but it's pretty big and open. Though it's located in the hills, the site driveways are paved and fairly level. The hosts are friendly and helpful, and they kept the restrooms very clean. The hook ups worked just fine. Though you can see city lights in the distance, you still felt like you were out there. The park is about thirty minutes outside of Sedona, so a day trip there is very nice. We hiked in Fay Canyon, and that was very pretty and not difficult with kids (12 and 9) and Grandma (60-something). It was short trip, but a very nice weekend.

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Nightly Rate: $30.00

Days Stayed: 2

Site Number: 67

5 Access
4 Location
5 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
4 Noise
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Reviewed by
Campendium

April 27, 2016
Rated

We stayed at two separate loops the middle of January 2016. The old adage about location, location, location is very true here.

The first night be stayed in the Red Tail Loop. We promptly departed the next morning as quickly as we could. The view of downtown Cottonwood was just too much to make it relaxing or enjoyable. The rude and annoying camp host with his neon green cactus and Christmas decorations still out sealed the deal. Seriously, we couldn't pack up and get out of there fast enough to suit our moods.

When we returned three days later, after a brief stint at Alamo Lake, we were in Cooper's Hawk Loop and it made all the difference in the world. Never heard or saw the camp host, no glaring lights from downtown Cottonwood and gorgeous views of Jerome nestled in the distance.

We would stay in the Cooper's Hawk Loop again in a heartbeat but will never return to Red Tail Loop.

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Nightly Rate: $35.00

Days Stayed: 6

Site Number: 69, 90

5 Access
4 Location
5 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
4 Noise

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Reviewed by
Campendium

May 09, 2016
Rated

This was a nice state park and a good home base for visiting the surrounding area, including Sedona. However, after staying at many excellent state and county parks in Arizona we found Dead Horse Ranch to be a bit lacking in comparison. Sites were closer together and pretty un-level, showers were smaller and more basic, and the landscape was less attractive (dirt/scrub). That said, it still beats most commercial RV parks... we've just been spoiled by other Arizona campgrounds! The state park has several lakes (lagoons) for fishing and our dog loved to go for a swim in them. It's only a few minutes to Cottonwood, and less than a half hour to Jerome or Sedona. AT&T and Verizon both worked well for us. We stayed in the Red Tail loop. The price ($25) is great, and we'll likely return again if we re-visit the area in the future.

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Nightly Rate: $25.00

Days Stayed: 9

Site Number: -

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
4 Noise

Reviewed by
edc1951

  • 78 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
October 08, 2016
Rated

We stayed here in May 2016 for 3 days and really liked it but because we were here to see friends who were in Sedona we really only had a taste of it. We returned for 6 days in Oct because we wanted to see more of the area and had some MoHo work that needed to be done.

Access: Really easy and from the size of some of the gargantuan rigs we've seen coming in pretty much anyone can fit. The park is off 89A (which goes to Sedona) or I-17. Be careful because once you leave Main St in Cottonwood and are on 10th St heading to the park the speed limit is 25 MPH and the police do seem to patrol the road. The park seems to fill up fast on weekends and even on Wed when I was in the office all the sites had been booked for the weekend. Tues/Wed/Thurs were the quieter days when we were here.

CHECK IN: if you have registered it is only a matter of stopping at the gate to pick up the tags for rig and car. Otherwise, they are willing to allow you to drive around to look for a spot and then come back to register for any you pick that are not reserved. There is a small gift shop with a small selection of camping supplies, a nice selection of books and information about the area and a few souvenirs. The camp staff, all that we have met during both visits, has been helpful and pleasant.

SITES are level, there is not a huge amount of space between them but there is a nice grass patch on either side and are at enough of an angle that you have a sense of privacy. Asphalt pad with grass/dirt. Fire rings and picnic table at each site. There are several loops. The two up the hill and one down have electricity (50 amp) and water: Cooper's Hawk, Red Tailed Hawk which are on the rise, just below the tent only area (Blackhawk loop) and Quail Loop which is under trees on the other side of the road. There is also a group/equestrian loop (Raven) as well as a loop with cabins. We stayed in Red Tain Hawk loop in May and Cooper's Hawk loop in Oct but did not find the lights to be a problem as one reviewer did.

BATHROOMS/SHOWERS for both of our visits have been clean (cleaned at midday) with plenty of hot water and pressure in the showers. The showers are not the most modern and the ADA shower had a hose that dripped and squirted around the connection but the other 2 were fine.

There is a dump station at the entrance exit with easy ingress/egress and away from the other traffic.

The CG was quiet the entire time we were here. The lights from Cottonwood to the south and Jerome to the west twinkle in the distance at night and even with the entrance light at night the stars were clearly visible and plentiful.

Cell: I had 2-3 bars of ATT and 3-4 of Verizon the entire time we were here. We saw plenty of TV receptors out so we have to assume it came in to those who watched.

PETS: are welcome on a leash and on the many trails around the park.

TRASH: There are dumpsters at the entrance to each loop with aluminum and plastic recycling pails.

Around the area there are a number of places to visit that are within 1/2 hour driving: Montezuma's Castle and Well, Tuzigoot, the old copper mining town of Jerome, Old Cottonwood and Sedona. There are 3 supermarkets right in Cottonwood (Safeway, Fry's and Food City as well as Walmart) French's RV (AKA A-1 RV in Camp Verde is fast, excellent service is you need any work done and they have a number of supplies-or will order (2 days at the most). There are 3 laundries in Cottonwood. Thee are somewhat strong winds at times so if your awning is of any concern it may be a good idea to leave it in when leaving for any time. It is also dry desert, with lots of mesquite and cottonwood as well as yucca which makes it quite dusty at times but the wildlife is abundant-Western Bluebirds, Gambel Quail, Roadrunners, coyotes (howling at night but quite near) as well as javelinas (smelled and heard but not seen).

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edc1951 would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $30.00

Days Stayed: 6

Site Number: 105

5 Access
4 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise

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Reviewed by
Campendium

January 26, 2017
Rated

We were heading to the Grand Canyon but weather pushed us south and came here on the recommendation of a park ranger at Sedona Ranger station.
Enjoyed some of the park trails, but more so, discovering Cottonwood, AZ and this area. Lots to see and do for just about everyone.

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Nightly Rate: $30.00

Days Stayed: 3

Site Number: 78

4 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise
  • 67 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
March 12, 2017
Rated

We stayed here in the Fall, and promised ourselves that we'd return. While we stayed in the actual campground for a couple of nights, we prefer the overflow campground. While there are no hookups, there is a lot of room, and it's a bit quieter. The bathrooms are cleaner and the showers bigger, as well.
You can walk to downtown and there are hiking trails everywhere.
We like this place a lot.
Weirdly, our Verizon router doesn't work here at all.

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roadtripper1377693 would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $10.00

Days Stayed: 0

Site Number: Overflow

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
4 Noise

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Reviewed by
Campendium

April 17, 2017
Rated

Great location, nice hiking in and adjacent to the park. Some sites are a little close together for a state park and we were there during spring break so there were a lot of families and the associated noise.

We have friends in the area to visit, so this park is always a nice place to stay when visiting.

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Nightly Rate: $30.00

Days Stayed: 7

Site Number: 60

5 Access
5 Location
4 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
3 Noise

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Dead Horse Ranch State Park Campground

675 Dead Horse Ranch Rd
Cottonwood, Arizona
86326-3711 USA
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