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 04/24 0%
High 86° / Low 60°
Clear. Lows overnight in the low 60s.
Wednesday 04/25 0%
High 91° / Low 57°
Sunny skies. High 91F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday 04/26 0%
High 95° / Low 62°
Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High near 95F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.
Friday 04/27 0%
High 89° / Low 61°
Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High 89F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.
Saturday 04/28 20%
High 87° / Low 58°
Partly cloudy skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 87F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph.
Sunday 04/29 0%
High 80° / Low 55°
Mainly sunny. High around 80F. Winds S at 15 to 25 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