Here’s what we know about Arizona’s newest state park opening in February

Jan 30, 2024, 10:50 AM | Updated: Feb 1, 2024, 11:09 am

PHOENIX — A long-awaited state park in central Arizona will soon open to the public, offering breathtaking scenery, outdoor activities and wildlife watching.

Rockin’ River Ranch State Park located in Camp Verde, about 90 miles north of Phoenix, is opening Feb. 9.

The 209-acre former ranch will present opportunities to hike and fish, and the chance to watch wildlife in central Arizona.

“Being able to share this beautiful space is something that our agency has been working toward for more than a decade, and we are excited to open the park and welcome visitors,” Arizona State Parks and Trails Executive Director Bob Broscheid said in a press release.

Everything Rockin’ River Ranch north of Phoenix has to offer

The day-use park will be open Fridays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with last entry accepted at 4 p.m. Entry into the park is $7 per vehicle (1-4 passengers) and $3 for individuals/bicyclists.

It offers six trails and grandiose views, but few facilities, such as restrooms and a contact station/gift shop. There are also no drinking fountains, so visitors are advised to bring water.

Other things to watch for include wildlife. Visitors should lookout for javelinas, deer, beavers, otters, coyotes, bobcats, and a wide variety of birds. During the warmer months, rattlesnakes, tarantulas, lizards and non-venomous snakes occasionally make an appearance.

The area has a temperature climate average of about 5-10 degrees cooler than Phoenix and 10-15 degrees warmer than Flagstaff.

The park sits on Coconino and National Forests, as well and private lands.

History of how Rockin’ River Ranch became latest state park

Property for the site, located at the confluence of West Clear Creek and the Verde River, was acquired by Arizona State Parks in October 2008.

It was named Rockin’ River Ranch in 2017, the same year master planning for the site began.

Construction was scheduled to begin in 2018, but there were unexpected challenges that needed to be addressed before proceeding.

There are 33 Arizona state parks, including Rockin’ River Ranch. Of them, eight are historic parks, seven are day-use only recreation parks, one is a memorial state park and 15 are camping parks. San Rafael State Natural Area is also closed to the public.

Other nearby state parks include Fort Verde State Historic Park, Dead Horse Ranch State Park and Verde River Greenway State Natural Area.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

A conservative lawmaker, Austin Smith, halted his reelection campaign for the Arizona House of Repr...

Associated Press

Arizona GOP lawmaker drops reelection campaign after forgery allegations

Republican Arizona state Rep. Austin Smith halted his reelection campaign after being accused of forging signatures on his petitions.

2 hours ago

Arizonans should make sure their pets and livestock have up-to-date rabies vaccinations, health off...

Balin Overstolz McNair

Arizona wildlife officials warn about rabies threat as temperatures rise

Arizona wildlife officials are issuing a rabies warning as rising temperatures draw more animals out of hiding.

3 hours ago

AZ Political Podcast: Garrett Archer talks election integrity...

Jim Sharpe

AZ Political Podcast: Election analyst Garrett Archer with ABC15 talks election integrity

On this episode of the AZ Political Podcast, Garrett Archer, a data analyst with ABC15, sits down with Jim Sharpe to talk about elections.

3 hours ago

Johnny Was, a bohemian-inspired brand developed in California, is set to open in Scottsdale Fashion...

SuElen Rivera

Johnny Was relocates to Scottsdale Fashion Square from Kierland Commons

Johnny Was, a bohemian-inspired brand developed in California, is set to open in Scottsdale Fashion Square on Friday after relocating from Kierland Commons.

3 hours ago

The exterior of the El Dorado Tech Center in Gilbert. PipShip, an ecommerce solutions company, sign...

Kevin Stone

E-commerce solutions company PipShip moving operations from Tempe to Gilbert

PipShip is relocating its distribution and e-commerce operations from Tempe to Gilbert, a move of about 8 miles.

4 hours ago

Iram Quintana...

Phoenix police make arrest in 2014 cold case homicide

The Phoenix Police Department arrested Iram Quintana, the main suspect of a 2014 cold case murder, on Tuesday.

10 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s 1 way to ensure your family is drinking safe water

Water is maybe one of the most important resources in our lives, and especially if you have kids, you want them to have access to safe water.


Collins Comfort Masters

Avoid a potential emergency and get your home’s heating and furnace safety checked

With the weather getting colder throughout the Valley, the best time to make sure your heating is all up to date is now. 

(KTAR News Graphic)...

Boys & Girls Clubs

KTAR launches online holiday auction benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley

KTAR is teaming up with The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley for a holiday auction benefitting thousands of Valley kids.

Here’s what we know about Arizona’s newest state park opening in February