Dead Horse Ranch State Park is holding their annual Verde River Day on Sept. 30th, from 9 am to 3 pm. There is no park entrance fee for event visitors. The event “promotes preservation and care of the environment by showcasing informative exhibits on the Verde’s unique riparian habitat.” Also, “Some of the day’s events include a climbing wall, organized canoe and kayak rides, sand castle building, and nature-based exhibits. Guests of all ages are welcome to fish the lagoon, which will be freshly stocked with catfish. Poles, bait and tackle are provided for all ages. No fishing license is needed. There will be a wide range of entertainment throughout the day.” They will have a pancake breakfast and “Non-Profit Food vendors will be cooking up Indian fry bread, hot dogs and hamburgers for nominal fees.” You can even make some pottery you can bring home. Will you be able to see live reptiles & birds? Of course. Dead Horse Ranch State Park is located at 675 Dead Horse Ranch Rd. in Cottonwood.