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
|Number of Campsites:||100 Campsites|
|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|
|Operating Season:||Campground Open Year-round|
|Geo Coordinates:||34.754236, -112.018484|
|Nearest City/Town:||Cottonwood, Arizona|
|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
|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.
Tuesday 09/19 0%
High 90° / Low 60°
Plentiful sunshine. High near 90F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph.
Wednesday 09/20 0%
High 89° / Low 61°
Sunny skies with gusty winds developing later in the day. High 89F. Winds SSE at 20 to 30 mph.
Thursday 09/21 0%
High 87° / Low 60°
Windy with lots of sunshine. High 87F. Winds SSE at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
Friday 09/22 20%
High 80° / Low 53°
Abundant sunshine. High around 80F. Winds S at 15 to 25 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
Saturday 09/23 0%
High 79° / Low 53°
Sunny skies. High 79F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday 09/24 0%
High 81° / Low 55°
Mainly sunny. High 81F. Winds ESE 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