Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Bill and I took a lovely hike this morning around Dead Horse State Park. The information sheet we received when we entered the park says Dead Horse State Park ” has 423 acres for camping, mountain biking in the Coconino National Forest, hiking along the Verde River, canoeing, picnicking, fishing, or just wading in the cool water of the Verde River.

The ranch got its name when the Ireys family came to Arizona from Minnesota in the late 1940s looking to buy a ranch. At one property they discovered a dead horse lying by the road. When Mr. Ireys asked the kids which ranch they liked best, they said, “the one with the dead horse.” The family named it “Dead Horse Ranch ,” and when Arizona State Parks acquired the park in 1973, the Ireys made retaining the name a condition of sale.

Bill and I have visited this park before, and at one point, we were offered hosting positions here, but it’s just too hot here in the summer for our full-time RV living lifestyle. However, it is a beautiful park and well worth multiple visits.

I love the massive cottonwood trees throughout the park.


Even the trees that have fallen are still beautiful and expressive in their own way.

The tall grasses throughout the park create a “peaceful and easy feeling”.


And the wildflowers perfume the air.

The trees and grasses throughout the park are homes to all kinds of wild life, from song birds that greet you along your way,

to whatever large animals that create their beds out of the tall grasses.

There are three lovely lagoons in the park where people come to fish and picnic.

There is a little something for everyone at Dead Horse State Park. I know Bill and I will come back again soon to find that “peaceful easy feeling” we all crave…

Stay safe, and stay tuned friends.

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Becky
    Apr 22, 2020 @ 20:32:03

    Good to hear from y’all. Enjoying your posting as usual. Y’all be safe also


  2. ellen739
    Apr 24, 2020 @ 03:56:59

    Everything looks so beautiful and green.
    So happy you and Bill are enjoying yourselves. Stay safe and well. Love you
    Sine Ellen and Uncle Harvey


    • beyondcinderella
      Apr 24, 2020 @ 14:18:44

      Yes Aunt Ellen, it was a beautiful hike and a wonderful way to get out of the house while still practicing physical distancing. Love and hugs to you and yours. Stay safe as well. Xoxo


  3. Robin
    Apr 25, 2020 @ 00:35:36

    What a wonderful area. Thanks for showing me around! So green and lush. Can’t believe we are heading into such high temps next week. Looks like your timing is perfect to head north. Just stay safe!! Love you.


    • beyondcinderella
      Apr 25, 2020 @ 12:57:09

      It is a beautiful place and I know you would love it. Felt so good to get out and about while still staying physically distanced from others. Our time here is winding down. We’re leaving on 4/30. We’re ready and anxious to move on to our new adventures in Colorado! Love and miss you, stay safe. XoXo


  4. Megs
    Apr 26, 2020 @ 21:45:55

    Thanks for sharing! We have never been there so will have to check it out. I’m already melting, which is not a good thing. HA! I wish I could go with you and Bill to Colorado on the 30th. Looking forward to experiencing your adventures in Colorado virtually. Big hugs and lots of love! Stay safe! xoxo


    • beyondcinderella
      Apr 27, 2020 @ 13:18:35

      Thanks Megs! Oh what fun we would all have in Colorado. I will do more blog posts over the summer as we will be seeing and doing new things. Durning the winter, I don’t post as much because I’m around my friends and family a lot more. Stay safe, try to stay cool, and stay tuned! XoXo


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