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.

Chance of a Thunderstorm
Sunday 07/23 30%
High 92° / Low 71°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
A widely scattered shower or thunderstorm is possible this morning. Then cloudy skies the remainder of the day. High 92F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Monday 07/24 60%
High 85° / Low 70°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Mixed clouds and sun with scattered thunderstorms. High near 85F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Mostly Cloudy
Tuesday 07/25 20%
High 89° / Low 72°
Mostly Cloudy
Considerable cloudiness. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 89F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday 07/26 20%
High 95° / Low 73°
Partly Cloudy
Partly to mostly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High near 95F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Thursday 07/27 30%
High 97° / Low 75°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Widely scattered showers or a thunderstorm early. Then partly cloudy. High 97F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
Partly Cloudy
Friday 07/28 20%
High 98° / Low 75°
Partly Cloudy
Intervals of clouds and sunshine in the morning with more clouds for later in the day. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 98F. 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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