Outdoors in Cottonwood
If the outdoors are calling, answer the call in Cottonwood! Cottonwood is home to Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Located less than two miles from Old Town, this state landmark has earned a reputation as a favorite fishing hole, bird lover’s paradise, and hiker’s dream. With trails meandering through sycamore and Cottonwood trees along the banks of the Verde River, Dead Horse Ranch State Park is a jewel in the center of Cottonwood all year round.
Don't stop there, continue the exploration on foot, bicycle, horseback, or ATV. Explore these opportunities and vendors to make the most of your outdoor adventure in Cottonwood!
State Parks, Monuments & Forests
Bike & Trail Map
This map is intended solely to assist bicyclists and hikers in selecting routes in the Cottonwood-Clarkdale area. The publishers do not assume liability for bicyclists and hikers who choose to use any of the routes shown, nor do they guarantee the condition of the roads and trails, which may contain surface imperfections or debris. It is the responsibility of the individual user to remain alert as to surface conditions and vehicular traffic, and to always ride with care for their own safety as well as the safety of others.
Verde River Access Points
Coyote Trails Golf Course
1480 W. Anna's Ave.
668 S. Airpark Rd., Hangar #3
928-499-3080 or 844-LUV-2FLY
Leighnor Aircraft provides aircraft rentals, flight instruction and discovery flights at Cottonwood Municipal Airport.
Secret Mountain Tours
1935 S. Bonita Circle
Showtime Sportz is an organization that puts on sports events to include tournaments, as well as leagues.
Trail Horse Adventures
675 Dead Horse Ranch Road
P.O Box 2337
Conservation, Preservation, & Information
We can't expect the beauty around us to stay that way if we don't take care of it. We recommend connecting with these groups and organizations to stay informed with conservation efforts, volunteer opportunities, and to learn more about our beautiful surroundings.
"The Verde River is one of Arizona’s few remaining flowing rivers. The river and its tributaries, such as Granite Creek, Sycamore Creek, Oak Creek, and Fossil Creek, provide lush corridors of life as they wind their way through beautiful, iconic, and arid landscapes. The Verde River system is an environmental and cultural treasure for local communities, the state of Arizona, and beyond. Friends of the Verde River envisions a healthy, flowing Verde River and tributaries that support our natural environment, vibrant communities, and quality of life for future generations. We work collaboratively for a healthy, flowing Verde River system. Visit VerdeRiver.org for more information."
Northern Arizona Audubon Society (NAAS) is a chapter within the larger National Audubon Society. We understand that our local bird and wildlife populations make the Sedona/Verde Valley a most unique and exciting region. Our mission statement directs us to advocate for sensible habitat conservation with regard for birding values. NAAS has been a resource for local birding and conservation information regarding species lists, bird preserves, current news, and much more since we were formed in 1978. Please learn about hot spot locations, local bird species, birding events and more at northernarizonaaudubon.org.