When you first hear the name Dead Horse Ranch State Park, you might think this is an abandoned place. It may even sound scary to some of you. You'd be surprised to know that the park is filled with visitors every day and, as opposed to its name, this place is surprisingly beautiful. The park covers 423 acres and has a 3,300-foot elevation.
What's with the name? In the 1940's, a family was looking to buy a ranch in Cottonwood. Among the properties they visited, there was one that had a horse carcass on it. They ended up buying "the one with the dead horse on it," as described by the family's kids.
The mild weather makes this place ideal for camping, mountain biking, hiking with your pet along the Verde River, fishing or splashing in the cold water. The Dead Horse Ranch State Park is an animal lover's paradise. You can observe gray foxes, coyotes, jackrabbits and striped skunks in their natural habitat.
The Dead Horse Ranch State Park is also home to various types of reptiles. There is enough space for your dog to explore and mark new territories as well, but make sure you're keeping Fido on a leash at all times. You can never be sure how your dog will react at the sight of a lizard, that's why it's best to be cautious.
The lagoons not only make this place more picturesque but they also provide an excellent environment for birds. The Dead Horse Ranch State Park takes pride in hosting almost 200 species of feathered beauties. One day at this park is not enough for you and your pooch? Extend your stay at one of the cabins or pick a spot in the camping site.
Our best advice is to make reservations before you leave home. At the Dead Horse Ranch State Park, you have all the fun activities in one wonderful place. Whether you want to go horseback riding, fishing, bird watching or hiking with your furry companion, this is the perfect place to be!