In the 1940’s, the Ireys family came to Arizona from Minnesota to buy a ranch. They visited a few, and one of them had a dead horse lying near the road. When asked which ranch they liked best, the Ireys kids insisted on “the one with the dead horse.” When the land became a state park, the Ireys made sure that the name wouldn’t be changed.
The developed part of the park encompasses 423 beautiful acres.
Translation: It’s the perfect mild temperature to do about any fun outdoor activity you can think of.
You’ve got a slew of options! There’s hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing or wading in the Verde river, camping, picnicking, and canoeing.
They stock catfish on National Fishing Day and Verde River Day each year. Between November and March, they also stock trout every other week.
Be sure to look into reserving one of 8 one-room log cabins. They’re separated from the rest of the campgrounds, so you’ll have the place all to yourself!
Here, they conserve everything it its natural state, so don’t expect to find facilities of any sort. Take this opportunity to get in touch with nature!
It’s one among less than twenty zones of its kind in the whole world!
Because the river changes with the seasons, the surrounding life also changes. Keep a close eye on the cycles of the Cottonwood and Willow forests, and the different species of birds, reptiles, mammals, and fish… Anything that calls the river valley home!
This means that the travelers all had great things to say. We’re sure that you’ll enjoy your visit, too!