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Yavapai County Parks are the following 31: Acker Park , Apache Creek Wilderness, Badger Park , Black Canyon Greyhound Park , Castle Creek Wilderness, Cedar Bench Wilderness, Clarkdale Park , Cottonwood Kids Park , Dead Horse Ranch State Park , Garrison Park, Granite Basin Picnic Area, Granite Creek Park, Granite Mountain Wilderness, Honor Island Park, Horsethief Basin Recreation Area, Jefferson Park, Jerome State Historic Park, Juniper Mesa Wilderness, Ken Lindley Park, Lake Pleasant Regional Park, Lions Club Park, Lounce Lookout, Mazatzal Wilderness, Montezuma Castle National Monument, Mount Union Family Picnic Ground, Mount Union Recreational Area, Pine Mountain Wilderness, Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness, Tuzigoot National Monument, Watson Lake Park, and Willow Lake Park.

Dead Horse Ranch acquired its name in the 1940's when the Irey's family in their search for a ranch spotted a dead horse lying by the road. When the Irey's head of household asked the family which ranch they like, the children replied, "The one with the dead horse, Dad!" Dead Horse Ranch along with its 423 acres offers Campsites with electricity, water, picnic tables, and grills; Dump Station; Tent sites with tables and grills; Restroom facilities with hot showers; Picnic areas and group sites; Ramadas for individual and group use; Verde River and fishing lagoons stocked periodically; Trails for hiking, biking, equestrian use; Horse corrals available for overnight use with advance arrangements; Verde River Greenway Natural Area.

A sight of numerous species can be captured along the 10 trails that run from 0.25- 2.5 miles. A six-mile reach of the river is known as the Verde River Greenway. Its unique ecosystem, the Cottonwood / Willow riparian gallery forest, is one of less than 20 such riparian zones in the world. The 3,300 foot elevation provides visitors with mild temperatures. These temperatures 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.

Red Rock State Park has an elevation of 3,900 feet and was opened to the public in 1991. This 286 acre park offers Self-guided and Ranger led interpretive walks, Field Trips, Video and slide programs, Hiking trails and trail toilets, a Visitor Center, and ramada, restrooms. Arizona 's famous Oak Creek meanders through this scenic park, creating a diverse riparian habitat abounding with plants and wildlife. In addition, a 5-mile network consists of interconnecting loops, which lead you to vistas of red rock or along the lush greenery of Oak Creek .

Contact information:

Dead Horse Ranch Road
675 Dead Horse Ranch Road
Cottonwood , Arizona 86326
Phone: (928) 634-5283

Red Rock State Park
4050 Red Rock Loop Road
Sedona , Arizona 86336
Phone: (928) 282-6907

Jerome State Historic Park
P.O. Box D
Jerome , Arizona 86331
Phone: (928) 634-5381

 

 



 

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