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Dead Horse Ranch State Park
Daily 8AM-6PM; 928-634-5283.
Located off 10th street and named
for a large horse skeleton found nearby by local children. Native Americans
and Spanish conquistadors passed through here. Today this stretch of
the Verde River has a well stocked fishing pond, camping, picnic area
and good hiking trails.
(See also Arizona Outdoor Recreation.)
The developed portion of Dead Horse Ranch State Park covers 423 acres. The 3,300 foot elevation accounts for the mild temperatures that are ideal
for camping, mountain biking in the Coconino National Forest, hiking along the Verde River, canoeing, picnicking, fishing, or just wading in the cool water.
Verde River Greenway State Natural Area
A six-mile reach of the river is a unique ecosystem, the Cottonwood and Willow riparian gallery forest, is one of less than 20 such riparian zones in the world.
Life along the river changes with the seasons, giving visitors a glimpse of the numerous species of raptors, neotropical migrants, resident songbirds, mammals,
reptiles, amphibians, and fish.
Chuckwagon Supper and Live Western Stageshow
Cottonwood, AZ 86326; 1-800-937-8643;
The Blazin' M Ranch offers the best "Cowboy Vittles, Stories, Tomfoolery" and authentic, foot-stompin' Cowboy Music of the Old West performed by the Blazin' M Cowboys.
All performed in their big 280-seat theater barn. There are also several gift shops at the Ranch.
Tour Verde Canyon
This historic route takes you along the floor of the scenic Upper Verde River Canyon which includes such highlights as
the Verde Canyons towering crimson cliffs, crossing old-fashioned railroad trestles, Dark 680-foot tunnel and final
terminus at deserted Perkinsville Ranch.
Local Sedona Area Attractions:
Tour Jerome Arizona - historic copper mining town of the late 19th century.
Tour Montezuma Castle N.M. - national park preserving historic indian ruins and caverns
Tour Tuzigoot N.M. - national park preserving historic indian ruins
Tour Oak Creek Canyon - scenic drive on highway 89A leading to Sedona
Tour Camp Verde - historic army outpost of the early Arizona Territory
Tour Cottonwood Arizona - visit nearby Dead Horse Ranch and Verde River Nature Area
Tour Verde Canyon Arizona - take an exciting train ride up Arizona's other scenic canyon.