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.

Saturday 02/24 0%
High 54° / Low 29°
Abundant sunshine. High 54F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday 02/25 0%
High 58° / Low 33°
A mainly sunny sky. High 58F. Winds light and variable.
Monday 02/26 0%
High 64° / Low 37°
Sunny. High 64F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph.
Chance of Rain
Tuesday 02/27 40%
High 57° / Low 34°
Chance of Rain
Sunny early. Becoming mostly cloudy with showers developing later in the day. High 57F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Snow Showers
Wednesday 02/28 60%
High 51° / Low 34°
Snow Showers
Mainly cloudy with snow showers around in the morning. High 51F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 60%.
Thursday 03/01 0%
High 58° / Low 38°
Mostly sunny. High 58F. Winds SSE 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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