Dead Horse Ranch State Park (Cottonwood, Arizona)
Close To Cottonwood And SedonaBeautiful Desert ParkReasonable RatesQuiet And Dark At Night
Dump Station OnlyFull Campgrounds, Even In Off Season
4.0Tammy's Tally

Dates Of Stay: November 13 – 18, 2015

You can’t beat Dead Horse Ranch State Park for its rates and its proximity to Sedona. (Get it? You can’t beat dead horse!) I slay myself …

Land for the park was donated by the prior owners, who ran a ranch there for decades. The ranch got its name while they were land shopping in the area. After looking at several properties they asked their children which one they liked best. The children replied, “The one with the dead horse on it!”

For 25 bucks a night (off season – I was there in November) you get 50 amp power and water. There is a dump station at the entrance/exit of the park. The online reservation system for Arizona State Parks is quite good.

Dead Horse State Park is a short distance to the downtown area of Cottonwood, which is a charming little town with a main street full of shops and restaurants. Is about a 20-minute drive to Sedona on one of the most beautiful and scenic highways you will ever traverse. I enjoyed the park and the area so much that I extended my stay, twice.

The park itself is a destination. There are fishing holes, lagoons, the Verde River, horseback riding, biking and hiking.


Tammy’s Tip: I stayed at Red Tailed Hawk Loop, where the sites were not too close together but hardly private. I understand the sites at Cooper’s Hawk Loop are a little more remote.