Dead Horse Ranch State Park

State Park in Cottonwood

The Verde River runs past this 423-acre park, which offers picnicking, fishing, 20-plus miles of multi-use trails (for bikes, horses and hikers) and a playground. Bird-watchers will want to make the short trek to the bird-watching stand at Tavasci Marsh in hopes of a sighting of the least bittern, the Yuma clapper rail or the belted kingfisher.