Rockin' River Ranch: Verde Valley's sixth state park

District 2 Supervisor Tom Thurman announced Monday that Rockin’ River Ranch will become a state park. (Photo by Bill Helm)

District 2 Supervisor Tom Thurman announced Monday that Rockin’ River Ranch will become a state park. (Photo by Bill Helm)

CAMP VERDE - Fort Verde State Historic Park is currently Camp Verde's only state park.

But that is on schedule to change.

Monday, Yavapai County District 2 Supervisor Thomas Thurman announced that Rockin' River Ranch, an equine boarding and breeding facility in Camp Verde, will become the sixth state park in the Sedona/Verde Valley area.

Rockin' River Ranch is 209 acres and is a partner with the 320-acre Dead Horse Ranch. Rockin' River Ranch is the halfway point between White Bridge and Beasley Flat when traveling down the Verde River.

"Having this property at the halfway point gives people the option to stop or start there when floating down the river. They won't have to go all the way down to Beasley Flat or White Bridge," said Yavapai County District 2 Supervisor Tom Thurman.

Thurman also said that the new Rockin' River Ranch State Park will have a campground and bath house and "is in a beautiful spot south of Camp Verde."

Sue Black, executive director of Arizona's State Parks department, said part of Rockin' River Ranch will be developed as a campground.

She described the land as beautiful with its view of the mountains and the river access. She said people will love it when they see it.

"It really is a gift to the citizens to have such a scenic place in Camp Verde," said Black.

Arizona State Parks is at the beginning process of this project.

So far, it is not known when construction will begin or when the park will officially open.

The area's other state parks are Fort Verde State Historic Park, Dead Horse Ranch State Park, Jerome State Historic Park, Red Rock State Park and Slide Rock State Park. Located on the Verde River off Salt Mine Road, Rockin' River Ranch was purchased for $7 million by Arizona State Parks and The Nature Conservancy in 2008.

The ranch was purchased using proceeds from the state lottery.

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