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. A six-mile reach of the river is known as the Verde River Greenway State Natural Area. Its 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.

2 months ago

This is a great trail and can be used to access the Tuzigoot ruins. Round trip to the ruins is about 3 miles from the parking lot. However, you cannot use the direct approach to the ruins, as that now crosses private property that is clearly marked no trespassing. It is obvious that at one point this was an accessible trail. I am including a partial map. Do not take the red path that leads to Tugboat Rd, as that's the path that crosses private property. Rather, from the parking lot, you will descend on a gravel road until taking a left on a footpath over a small creek. That shows on the map as the darker line along the Verde River. Turn right along the fainter black line towards the upper red line and the marsh, represented by the plants. You will walk along more marshland, which isn't represented on the map. Turn left onto the red path, which approaches the ruins from the back. Trails in the area are well marked as trails but don't tell you where you're going. We were warned about watching for snakes but didn't see any.

Def not hard at all, needs to be down rated to easy. Nice walk.

6 months ago

Beautiful scenery

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Nice trail by the water and river.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

mountain biking
Friday, April 01, 2016

gravel and rocks trail. Moderate climbing

Friday, March 22, 2013

Sunday, April 08, 2012