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From left, Max Castillo, Dave Peterson, Ken Schwartz and Supervisor Jon Clow plant the entrance sign to Dead Horse Ranch State Park.

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Dead Horse Ranch Park

Gateway to the Verde River

Dead Horse Ranch constitutes the first major purchase of a park property for Arizona State Parks.Before its acquisition, most of the properties owned by State Parks were acquired through either donations, land trades or leases. It was also the first land-based park in the system.