This is an absolutely gorgeous State Park that is just a half hour southwest of Sedona. Dead Horse Ranch Sate Park offers lush forests and striking canyons within the glorious desert mountains.
The park got its name in 1950 when Minnesotan Calvin “Cap” Ireys, who was looking to purchase a ranch in the area, asked his children which property they liked he most. The answer was “The one with the dead horse in the field,” which lead to Ireys naming his new purchase, “Dead Horse Ranch”.
The ranch was later sold to the State of Arizona where it backs a state park in 1977. Dead Horse Ranch is a recreational destination with access to fishing, rivers, horseback riding, campgrounds and more.
Hours vary by season; but usually 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. daily
State Park fees apply