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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Dead Horse Ranch State Park

#1 You’re probably wondering about the name…

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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.

#2 Dead Horse Ranch State Park is located on riverside lands in the Verde Valley.

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The developed part of the park encompasses 423 beautiful acres.

#3 The average elevation of the park is about 3,300 feet.

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Flickr User Linda

Translation: It’s the perfect mild temperature to do about any fun outdoor activity you can think of.

#4 And speaking of activities…

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Flickr User Paul Ewing

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.

#5 If you’re into fishing, you can expect a reasonably good catch.

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Flickr User marksontok

They stock catfish on National Fishing Day and Verde River Day each year. Between November and March, they also stock trout every other week.

#6 But if camping is more your speed…

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Flickr User Linda

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!

#7 Six miles of the river within the park are dedicated as Verde River Greenway State Natural Area.

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Flickr User marksontok

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!

#8 The Verde River Greenway State Natural Area is the home of a unique ecosystem.

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Flickr User marksontok

It’s one among less than twenty zones of its kind in the whole world!

#9 You can look forward to seeing an ever changing environment in the area.

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Flickr User mailemae59

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!

#10 Dead Horse Ranch State Park earned a Certificate of Excellence in 2014.

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Flickr User mailemae59

This means that the Tripadvisor travelers all had great things to say. We’re sure that you’ll enjoy your visit, too!

Cheyenne Reed

Cheyenne Reed was born and raised in Ohio. She recently relocated to rural Wyoming to try out working at an exclusive guest ranch. She graduated from Kent State University with an English degree, and most enjoys writing about travel. If she has free time, you may run into her anywhere, because she is always itching to explore new places. Her personal motto is, "Any day can be an adventure if you make it one!"

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