Dead Horse Ranch State Park Campground

Dead Horse Ranch State Park Campground

Dead Horse Ranch State Park Campground is a large, highly developed campground in next to the town of Cottonwood in Arizona’s Verde Valley. The high-desert campground features riparian areas with access to a trail system and fishing. The campground is popular with RV campers and is a good stop over spot for a night on a road trip for exploring nearby Jerome, Sedona, and Tuzigoot National Monument.

This campground is pretty large with 100 campsites for tent and RV camping divided up among four loops. All campsites include a picnic table and fire barrel. There are partial RV hookups available along with showers. Drinking water and bathrooms are available.

Dead Horse Ranch State Park Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 100 Campsites
Cost: Varies:

  • $30–35 per night for sites with electricity
  • $20 per night for sites without electricity
  • $15 per night fee for second vehicle
Use Level: High
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Showers: Yes
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: Sort of – there is a riparian pond adjacent to the campground
RV/Trailer Length: 40 Feet
RV/Trailer Amenities: Partial Hookups
Cell Phone Service: Yes
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground Open Year-round

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 34.754236, -112.018484
Nearest City/Town: Cottonwood, Arizona
Elevation: 3300 Feet
Location: Yavapai County, Arizona
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: Less than 1 mile
From Downtown Cottonwood:

Take 10th Street east for less than a mile, and turn right into Dead Horse Ranch State Park Campground


Phone: (520) 586-2283
Web: Arizona State Parks
Reservations: Via Arizona State Parks

When To Go

Spring through Fall – Summertime can get a little hot. Spring and Fall are the peak seasons.

Partly Cloudy
Tuesday 04/25 0%
High 78° / Low 48°
Partly Cloudy
Windy with sunshine. High 78F. Winds NW at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
Wednesday 04/26 0%
High 84° / Low 54°
A few clouds from time to time. High 84F. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Thursday 04/27 0%
High 88° / Low 54°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy. High 88F. NNE winds shifting to WNW at 10 to 20 mph.
Friday 04/28 0%
High 80° / Low 46°
Mostly sunny. High around 80F. Winds NW at 15 to 25 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
Saturday 04/29 0%
High 73° / Low 48°
Sunshine and some clouds. High 73F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph.
Sunday 04/30 0%
High 82° / Low 51°
Mainly sunny. High 82F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.

Be Sure to Bring

What To Do

Hiking – There are trails in the park that are more of a walk than a hike.

Tuzigoot National Monument – This ancient Native American ruin is surprisingly in amazing condition and gives a glimpse of ancient times in the area.

Historic Jerome – The nearby historic mining town of Jerome is a tourist attraction in the area.

Sedona’s Red Rocks – The city of Sedona is nearby where you can see the scenic red rocks. There is also some great hiking, mountain biking, and offroading in this area.

Image Credits: Jason Schultz

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