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Dead Horse Ranch State Park is a state park located in Cottonwood on the Verde River in an area known as the Verde River Greenway. Dead Horse Ranch State Park covers 423 acres with 10 miles of hiking trails and a lagoon for fishing. Dead Horse Ranch has an equestrian concessionaire on the park who leads wrangler-guided trail rides. There are also kayak, canoe and tube rentals for the Verde river (rentals are outside the park). Old Town Cottonwood is also a fun place to walk around and get a bite to eat. Please make your own site reservations: https://azstateparks.com/reserve/dead-horse/camping/ How about something different for dinner? Let's go out to Blazin' M Ranch! Dinner and a show is $40 for 65+ and $45 for us young uns (!). Here is more information: https://www.blazinm.com/chuckwagon-dinner/
Last hurrah for a couple months! Neighboring the Goldfield Mountains and Tonto National Forest, Usery Mountain Regional Park spans 3,648 acres of metro Phoenix's east Valley, and offers 73 individual camping sites. All are developed sites with water and electrical hook-ups, plus a dump station, picnic table, and barbecue fire ring, and can accommodate up to a 45-foot RV. Restrooms offer flush toilets and showers, and group camping is also available. Other park activities include hiking the Wind Cave Trail, visiting the Usery Mountain Regional Park Nature Center, and biking, horseback riding, and stargazing. Usery Mountain also offers an Archery Range, the Arizona Model Aviator's flying site, and outdoor fitness equipment near the Merkle Trailhead. More information on the park may be found at https://maricopacountyparks.org/usery
Back 'cause it is one of our favorites in the early Phoenix spring... Named after the fabled lost gold mine, Lost Dutchman State Park is located in the Sonoran Desert, 40 miles east of Phoenix. Several trails lead from the park into the Superstition Wilderness and surrounding Tonto National Forest. Take a stroll along the Native Plant Trail or hike the challenging Siphon Draw Trail to the top of the Flatiron. As of today, 4/13/2020, the park is already filling up so RESERVE NOW!! https://azstateparks.itinio.com/lostdutchman/
Tucked away in the rolling hills of southeastern Arizona is Patagonia Lake State Park. This park is an ideal place to find whitetail deer roaming the hills and great blue herons walking the shoreline. The campground overlooks a 265-acre man-made lake where anglers catch crappie, bass, bluegill, and catfish. Trout is stocked every three weeks from October through March. Hikers can stroll along the beautiful creek trail and see a variety of birds such as the canyon towhee, Inca dove, vermilion flycatcher, black vulture, and several species of hummingbirds. Let's take a long weekend and explore this Arizona treasure!