January 31, 2012

1/20/12 – Dead Horse Ranch SP

Dead Horse Ranch State Park is within the city limits of Cottonwood, AZ.  

How the park got it's name is pretty cool.  A family was looking for a ranch to buy in the late 1940s. At one of the ranches there was a dead horse lying by the road. After two days of viewing ranches, Dad asked the kids which ranch they liked the best. They said, “The one with the dead horse!”  

We went on a hike to the Tavasci Marsh—took a side-trip that dead-ended on the wrong side of the marsh.  Although we had to backtrack, the view was nice.

Along the way, there was a great view of Tuzigoot National Memorial across the river.
There's a viewing platform at the marsh--but only a couple of coots floating in the water. 

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