The Lime Kiln Cut-Off between the upper Verde Valley communities of Cottonwood, Sedona and Jerome was a favorite route for the early settlers. The kiln and the old road constructed during the mid 1880's, believed to have been built by Charles Willard (the father of Cottonwood, one of 1st settlers in 1879) and his brother and G.M. “Mack” Willard. Burning the limestone to create lime for the mortar used in the construction of the old Willard house, Cottonwood, Arizona;s oldest house still standing today. The Cottonwood trade of transporting mortar and bricks began, trading with Oak Creek wine and locally grown produce and feeding the miners.
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Other Trails in the Dead Horse Ranch State Park
FOREST LOOP: A 0.5 mile loop. Multi-use. Starts and ends in the River Day Use Area. Circles around and through a diversely forested area and provides river access by way of short narrow side trails.
MESA: A 1.2 mile loop. Interpretive. Trail can be accessed from all areas of the park. It circles on top of the hill west of the North Campgrounds and provides overlooks of the valley.
TAVASCI MARSH: A 1.0 miles one way trail. Multi-use. Access from the West Lagoon parking lot or the Mesquite Day Use Area. Follow along the historic Hickey irrigation ditch through a canopy of Ailanthus and Mesquite trees.
HICKY DITCH: A 0.5 mil trail, one way. Multi-use. Access from the West Lagoon parking lot or the Mesquite Day Use Area. Follow along the historic Hickey irrigation ditch through a canopy of Ailanthus and Mesquite trees.
QUAIL WASH: A 0.25 mile trail, one way. Hikers, stairs, and bridges prevent equestrian use. Access from West Lagoon parking lot or the Mesquite Day Use Area. Plant diversity and flowing water in the wash make this trail popular.
CREASOTE: A 0.5 mile trail. Mult-use, shortcut.
LAGOON: A 0.25 mile loop. Hike, bike. Accessed from any of the lagoon parking lots, this trail allows you to take a stroll around the lagoon. We do request that horses not be taken around lagoon banks.
VERDE RIVER GREENWAY: A 1.5 mile loop. Multi-use. Access from the West Lagoon parking lot or the VRG interpretive building. The trail weaves through some of the best nesting habitat in the area, a bird watchers' paradise.
RIVERFRONT: A 0.5 mile trail, one way. Multi-use. Trail is accessed from either the south end of the Dead Horse Ranch State Park Bridge or from Riverfront Park. The trail runs along the south side of the Verde River and is good for walking.
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ANOTHER FAVORITE From Old Town Cottonwood SYCAMORE CANYON TRAIL:
About four miles west of town, Parsons Trail #144 drops into the mouth of Sycamore Canyon and winds upstream past lush foliage and towering cottonwood trees to Parsons Spring, 3.7 miles one way with a 300-foot elevation change. Shorter hikes can be just as enjoyable as you admire the canyon walls, sparkling water, wildflowers, and birds. The trail makes six crossings of Sycamore Creek, which are easy except during spring runoff or after storms. You could also continue far up the canyon beyond the springs on a multi-day trip. Another possibility is to hike Packard Trail #66, which connects the west rim with the creek, meeting where the Parsons Trail first joins the canyon bottom. Note that no camping is allowed in the lower canyon—you must proceed beyond Parson Spring. Nearly the entire canyon lies within the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness.
From Cottonwood OLD Town area go 1 1/2 miles, follow directions toward Tuzigoot National Monument across the Verde River, then turn left on Sycamore Canyon Road and follow it about nine miles past the abandoned mansion, once used by the Clark family, and the smokestack of the former Arizona Power Company. Most of this road is unpaved but possible for cars in dry weather.
Sedona Hiking TrailsCLICK HERE(Sedona is 15-20 minutes drive from Cottonwood)
Sycamore Canyon Trail: CLICK HERE This trail can also be accessed near us, near the Tuzigoot Natn't Monument. It makes a horseshoe loop into Sedona. To hike the Sycamore Canyon Trail From Sedona go to the following link for map, info and photos. CLICK HERE