- Dead Horse Ranch State Park
Dead Horse Ranch State Park Arizona State ParkDead Horse Ranch State Park Country United States State Arizona County Yavapai Location Cottonwood - elevation 3,327 ft (1,014 m)  - coordinates Area 423 acres (171.2 ha) Founded 1972 Management Arizona State Parks
Dead Horse Ranch State Park is a state park of Arizona, USA, on the Verde River in an area known as the Verde River Greenway. Located at approximately 3,300 feet (1,000 m) elevation, Dead Horse Ranch State Park covers 423 acres (1.71 km2) of land with 10 miles (16 km) of hiking trails, 150 campground sites and several picnic areas, along with 23 group camping sites. It also offers trailhead access to the Dead Horse Trail System, located on adjacent Coconino National Forest land. The ranch was originally named by the Ireys family, who sold the land to the state of Arizona to become a state park.
The annual Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival, the "Birdy Verde", with emphasis on birdwatching, is held each April. In 2010, about 70 field trips were offered for the four day event, many led by nationally recognized experts. Headquarters for the festival is at Dead Horse Ranch, but events are held throughout the Verde Valley.
Another popular yearly event at Dead Horse Ranch State Park is Verde River Day, which is held annually in September to celebrate the protection of the river's riparian habitat.
- ^ "Dead Horse Ranch State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1984-06-27. http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=gnispq:3:::NO::P3_FID:38397. Retrieved 2011-03-12.
- ^ Arizona State Parks. "Dead Horse Ranch State Park". http://azstateparks.com/Parks/DEHO/index.html.
- ^ Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival. "Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival". http://www.birdyverde.org/.
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