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Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Hiking trail with view of Mingus Mountains

Dead Horse Ranch State Park Review

The 423-acre spread of Dead Horse Ranch State Park, which combines high-desert and wetlands habitats, is a pleasant place to while away the day. You can fish in the Verde River or the well-stocked Park Lagoon, or hike on some 6 miles of trails that begin in a shaded picnic area and wind along the river; adjoining forest service pathways are available for hikers and mountain bikers who enjoy longer journeys. Birders can check off more than 100 species from the Arizona Audubon Society lists provided by the rangers. Bald eagles perch along the Verde River in winter, and the common black hawks—a misnomer for these threatened birds—nest here in summer. Campsites and cabins are also available (reserve by phone or online). The park is 1 mile north of Cottonwood, off Main Street.

Updated: 04-16-2014

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