Dead Horse

I’m speaking of the State Park….Dead Horse Ranch State Park located in Cottonwood, Arizona.  Quite a name, isn’t it?Dead Horse State Park

How the park got its name – The Ireys family came to Arizona from Minnesota looking to buy a ranch in the late 1940’s.  At one of the ranches they discovered a large dead horse lying by the road.  After two days of viewing ranches, Dad Ireys asked the kids which ranch they liked the best.  The kids said, “the one with the dead horse”.  The Ireys family chose the name Dead Horse Ranch and late, in 1973, when Arizona State Parks acquired the park, the Ireys made retaining the name a condition of sale.Dead Horse State Park

Dead Horse Ranch State Park covers 423 acres and sits at an elevation of 3,300 feet.  The park is located within the Coconino National Forest and provides ample trails for hiking or biking, as well as water for canoeing or fishing.Dead Horse State Park

The spiritual town of Sedona is an easy 20 minute drive from Dead Horse Ranch State Park.  LuAnn over at Paint Your Landscape graciously sent me information and recommendations on the area.  Thank you, LuAnn.

SedonaOur first stop was Chapel of the Holy Cross.  What a fascinating structure.  The mere thought of constructing this unique building boggles my mind.Sedona


After a moment of reflection at the chapel, we stop at an architecturally pleasing shopping center called Tlaqquepaque….no, I don’t know how to pronounce it.Sedona

Followed by a great Mexican meal at Javelina Cantina.  They serve some of the best salsa Al and I have ever eaten.  With tummies full, we return to the RV at Dead Horse Ranch State Park with plans to return to Sedona in the morning for breakfast.  I’m already looking forward to it  🙂Sedona

15 thoughts on “Dead Horse

  1. Hi Ingrid: Love reading your blog. In answer to your statement about Tlaquepaque it is pronounced: tuh-la-kuh-pah-kee or two-locka-pa-key and say if fast. lol. Hope you two and your family have a very Merry Christmas.


    1. Thank you for pronouncing that….still not sure if I’m saying it right. Thanks for the compliment and stopping by…..warm holiday wishes to you!


  2. Lucky you. Sedona is about the only spot in that SouthWest region on my wish list that I haven’t been to… yet. Mmmm…. great salsa, almost tempted to head down there now! 😉


    1. Great Salsa, great coffee, great scenery….what’s not to love! This whole area of Arizona (from Prescott to Sedona) is definitely worth a visit. I’ll save us a table at Javelina’s Cantina and we’ll invite LuAnn….lol


      1. Thanks for the invite and I could drive there in about 6 hours. Ingrid, your photos are lovely. So glad that you two enjoyed Sedona. Dead Horse Ranch State Park does have an unusual name but is a great park. We may spend some time there in early February if the weather allows.


  3. Great photos Ingrid! Looks like you are enjoying the area! We have snow on the mountainside. Stay warm! Maureen


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