Thursday, April 1, 2010

Dead Horse Ranch State Park, Cottonwood, AZ


Jim had a good report at the dentist yesterday and we made one last Trader Joe’s shopping spree before leaving the Phoenix area today. It was a pretty drive up I-17 to Cottonwood and Dead Horse Ranch State Park.  Having been spoiled by the Maricopa County parks we stayed at the past month, it was rather disappointing to see the campgrounds at Dead Horse. The sites are much closer and it is a pretty stark landscape. We did manage to get a fairly decent site on an end with no one behind us or next to us on one side. And we do have a nice view of the mountains over the RVs below us. It is $20/night for electric, but you can stay in the same site and not hook up to power for $12. This is the first park we’ve ever been to that does that. We signed up for 2 nights with electricity since lows are going to be in the 30’s. If it warms up we may unplug and save a few bucks.

P1000187    We met up again with Chuck and Carla, and Debbie, who’ve been here all week, and we’re looking forward to doing some hiking around Sedona with them. Sedona is about 20 miles northeast and the old mining town of Jerome is 10 miles west, so there is a lot to see around this area. This afternoon we walked around the park to the lagoons, which was really pretty. Too bad they didn’t put the campground here.

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