A Day of Exploring in Camp Verde, #Arizona- and a Stay In the Deadhorse State Park/Cottonwood

Friday, February 3, 2017

Yesterday we pulled into the Dead Horse Ranch State Park later afternoon. The place is clean, with a welcoming staff at the gate. Each time we've driven through, we've been pleasantly greeted with a smile and a little conversation. The park has a nice entrance of huge trees on the property- we almost wished we could be parked amongst them- they were beautiful! We are staying for 3 nights in the park while we see shop on the area and see some of the more popular attractions in Camp Verde, down the road.

Jakey stayed at a wonderful kennel today in Cottonwood- Applewood Kennels. We would highly recommend if you are going to the area. He'll be going back again tomorrow! Awesome staff and we felt comfortable leaving him in good hands.We headed over to Fort Verde State Historic Park after we dropped Jakey off. 

The Fort Verde State Historic Park in Camp Verde, Arizona preserves three buildings on the National Register of historic places.You can read all about the history of the park here. We enjoyed seeing the museum on property as well the historic buildings, and hearing about life as a frontier soldier in the 1800's.

Since we were in the area, we decided to drive up the road 3 miles to the Montezuma Castle National Monumen, one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. A truly amazing place to see!

And one last stop... a stop to see the World's Largest Kokopelli- 

A 32-foot-tall sign of the Navajo Indian God of Wealth and Fertility stands in front of the Krazy Kokopelli Trading Post. 

There ended our day - till tomorrow......



  1. We have enjoyed the Sedona area in the past as well and it is gorgeous there. 2 years ago we took the scenic train ride through Verde Canyon that starts in Clarkdale near Cottonwood I believe, if you have time you might want to do that too.

    I have always wanted to see Montezuma Castle National Monument but we still haven't done it. Perhaps sometime in the future.

  2. We'll head to Sedona tomorrow and see if we can boondock anywhere there- we did a 2 night review here is Dead Horse Ranch State Park, with staying for an extra night. We do prefer more space but if one likes the RV and state parks, its a very nice and friendly park.
    We never did the train ride- but heard of it. With the dog, if we are going out for more than 2 hours, he goes to doggy daycare and that can add up. Maybe another time. But yes, see the Castle next time- its amazing!


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