Dead Horse State Park


Our first trip and we enjoyed our visit.  It was not a place that we are dying to get back to, but would stay there again.  The surrounding area and access made it a great stay.  Also the good cell coverage allowed us to get a little work done.

Review of the Park

The park has 3 camping areas and we stayed in Quail Loop, the oldest area.  The sites are a little tight and some have length and height limitations.  The outside spaces have some nice views of the mountains or the river.   Each site has power, picnic table and a fire ring.

We found the park very quiet considering how close the sites are.  Lots of kids, as we visited during spring break but no issues.

The bathroom is clean, but much smaller than some of the other areas.  Showers were clean and hot.  The bathrooms were heavily used compared to other parks.  I think because there was  a number of tent campers.

Verizon access was good at 2-3 bars.  AT&T was lightening fast at 4 bars.

Review of Surrounding Area

There are some great walking and biking trails straight out of the area.  The park sits on the Verde River.  Fishing on several of the lagoons and even horseback riding.

Shopping Access

Cottonwood is close and has easy access for shopping.  Walmart, Frys and Safeway are all there.  The choice of stores is limited, but we did find some great restaurants and microbreweries in Oldtown Cottonwood.

Nearby Activities

Historic Cottonwood – great restaurants and beer

Sedona – not too far

Jerome – so funky and worth the drive but NOT in the RV

Flagstaff – worth the day trip for the microbrews

Tuzigoot National Monument – a good leg stretcher

Mountain Biking – Lime Kiln Trail (and yes you can see the old lime kilns)

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