Subi & The 5

Dead Horse Ranch State Park – Cottonwood, Arizona

Along NFS 525 towards Palatki Ruins

We have stayed at this State Park before in the same campground loop and quite enjoyed the area.  Our last visit was in early February of last year and we had the campground loop  practically to ourselves.  Other loops in the campground were completely empty.This year, in March, the campground was full including all loops. Good thing we had reservations.

Dead Horse Ranch State Park - Campground
Dead Horse Ranch State Park – Red Tailed Hawk and Coopers Hawk Campgrounds

Campground: Red Tailed Hawk Loop
Location: Cottonwood, Arizona
Site: 46
Cost: $30
Services: E/W (50 AMP)
Comments: A great campground with some terrific views over Cottonwood from site 46 which is an end site situated at the entrance to the loop.  Several hiking trails start from the campground.


Most of the sites at  Red Tailed Hawk loop and Coopers Hawk loop can accommodate big rigs and the best sites with the most site privacy tend to be the sites around the perimeter of the loops.  The sites in the center tend to have their picnic areas very close to the road and very close to the next site.  An example of some of the better sites are below.


Jerome is about a 20 minute drive from the campground and Prescott is about an hour drive from the campground. Both are nice day trips.


National Forest Road 525 is just north of Cottonwood on route 89A on the way to Sedona. There are some great boondocking sites along the dirt road (a bit rough and a somewhat heavily traveled road during the day) but is a nice day trip for visiting the Honanki and Palatki ruins and for some great views of the red rocks of Sedona.


For more information on things to do in the area visit our Cottonwood page.

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