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Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Central Arizona, Arizona

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  • The Head Horse Ranch entrance station.- Dead Horse Ranch State Park
  • The Verde River is the central feature of this park.- Dead Horse Ranch State Park
  • A roadrunner spotted in the park.- Dead Horse Ranch State Park
  • This picnic area is near the lagoons.- Dead Horse Ranch State Park
  • Kids fishing in the lagoon.- Dead Horse Ranch State Park
  • Horseback rides are available right in the park.- Dead Horse Ranch State Park
  • Many trails cross this park.- Dead Horse Ranch State Park
  • The group camping area.- Dead Horse Ranch State Park
  • One of eight rental cabins.- Dead Horse Ranch State Park
  • One of the large picnic ramadas.- Dead Horse Ranch State Park
  • The disc golf course runs along the Verde River.- Dead Horse Ranch State Park
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Pros: 
Wide variety of recreational options. Great campground and cabins. Great location.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Central Arizona, AZ
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Dead Horse Ranch State Park is a real gem in Arizona’s park system. Located in the Verde River Valley near Sedona, this park has access to all the outdoor adventures that the area offers.

The park has an excellent campground and eight rustic cabins for rent, and it makes a great base camp for exploring the Sedona area. Beyond that, there is a wealth of recreational options and resources in the park to keep campers busy. How about disc golf, picnicking, hiking on more than 20 miles of trails, boating and fishing on small lagoons, horseback riding with an on-site outfitter, a playground for the kids, paddling on the Verde River, great birdwatching, and one of the premier paved bike trails in central Arizona? This park is truly an outdoor playground.

The 20-mile network of hiking trails within the park is made up of several short trails that interlink, but a few of the trails are longer:

  • Verde River Greenway: 2 miles, follows the river
  • Tavasci Marsh Trail: 1 mile
  • Mesa Trail: 1 mile, loops around the hill next to the Red-tailed Hawk loop of the campground
  • Lime Kiln Trail: 15-mile shared-use trail that links Dead Horse Ranch park with Red Rock State Park

For day users, there are 11 fully reservable ramadas for picnicking groups and several other picnic areas along the river and alongside the three lagoons. All in all, this is a wonderful multi-use park for a wide variety of outdoor adventure lovers.

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