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10/23 - 10/25/2020: Offroad Passport's 11th Annual Dirt Formal Gala: Near Cottonwood, AZ: 4x4 EZ: Improved Campground

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This year the party is in Cottonwood, AZ! 


We've got plenty of fun planned (even beyond the fireside shenanigans and general good time!). Attend an easy to moderate trail ride on Saturday, or just play tourist in Cottonwood, Jerome or Sedona (did someone say winery tour?). Back at camp later you can enter to win some great Offroad Passport swag in the homemade salsa contest or one of our epic camp-challenge games!  


So grab the family and come spend a weekend tent or RV camping with us at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Don't be that person hearing about all the great stuff you missed for the next whole year - sign up now!




Raven Loop Group Site at Dead Horse Ranch State Park (Cottonwood, AZ) 
Click here for a map...
For more info & photos of the campground, see the "Important Details" section below.
  • From Interstate 17 traveling North from Phoenix: Take Exit 287 at Camp Verde. Proceed West to Cottonwood on SR260 (approximately 15 miles) to SR89A/Main Street. At the traffic light turn to left onto SR89A. After 2 miles turn right on 10th Street (just past the sign that says Dead Horse Ranch State Park/Riverfront Park). The Ranger Station is a mile down the road on the right, just after crossing the bridge over the Verde River.
  • From Interstate 17 traveling South from Flagstaff: Take exit 293 - Lake Montezuma/McGuireville. Proceed West approximately 15 miles to Cottonwood. The road is known as the Cornville Road. Stay on the Cornville Road - as it crosses SR89A it will change names and become Mingus Avenue. At Main Street in Cottonwood turn right and go about half a mile to 10th Street (just past the sign that says Dead Horse Ranch State Park/Riverfront Park). Turn right. The Ranger Station is a mile down the road on the right, just after crossing the bridge over the Verde River.




  • Camp with us:
    • $60 per vehicle (includes Friday & Saturday nights!)
    • Vehicle pulling a trailer counts as 1 vehicle.
    • RV pulling a vehicle count as 1 vehicle.
    • No refunds for cancellations after September 30, 2020.


  • Join us for the day (not camping):
    • Suggested donation is $15 (this is our annual fundraiser, after all!) 😇
    • Park day-use fee (ONLY IF NOT CAMPING!): There is also $7.00 Day Use Fee to enter Dead Horse Ranch State Park if you are not camping.


  • To Pay in Advance:
    • Be sure to include "Cinders" & your Offroad Passport User Name.
    • Send payment via Paypal to info@offroadpassport.com before 9/30/2020.
    • Or mail a Check or Money Order before 8/30/2020 to:
Offroad Passport

P.O. Box 20011

Fountain Hills, AZ 85269-0011


  • To Pay at the Event: Please bring cash or check, see Diane at the event.


  • NEW! Reserve Your Spot!
    • Since we have reserved the entire Raven Loop Group Site, you can reserve your spot within that loop! See below for satellite view and a map with site numbers.
    • Please simply post in this thread to tell us which site you want, and we'll put your name on it. As soon as we receive your camp fee via PayPal we'll mark it paid so it's officially yours for the weekend. Remember, it's not 'officially' yours until we receive your PayPal.
    • Site reservations:

201 - the reybie clan!!




205 - Riddler

206 -


208 - Grunt - (PAID)

209 - Lichen (PAID)




213 - AZRNintheJeep242 (PAID)

214 - Number 7 & dzjeepchic (PAID)

215 - Theksmith & family (PAID)

216 - Bradywgn & Kaspily (PAID)

217 - Mzpriss & Cher's Dad (PAID)

218 - lofreqjeff (PAID)

219 - 4x4tographer (PAID)

220 - K2man56 (PAID)

221 - Eugene (PAID)

222 - Shellback91 (PAID)

223 ($20 extra, has electric hookups for RV) - Ob1jeeper & Ladybug (PAID)







Gather at camp anytime after 2:00 PM.

NEW: Pumpkin carving anytime after arrival.

Friday Evening

Campfire time and social hours at the main Ramada.
New: Pumpkin carving continues!

Saturday Morning

Depart camp 9 AM for trail ride (details TBA).

Bring your lunch and chairs!

Saturday Afternoon / Evening

Offroad Passport Annual Salsa Contest!

Jack-o-Lanterns go on display!
GAMES!!! Navigation Challenge, Tent Erection Challenge and MORE! Join the fun and win Offroad Passport t-shirts and hats!!

Campfire Time and Social Hours at the main Ramada.


Leisurely break camp & head home
Important Details:

Trail Ride:

  • Be sure to you are at the campground before 9AM on Saturday if you're coming on the trail ride!
  • Note that the campground is car accessible (paved roads), the following applies only to the optional Saturday trail ride...
  • Easy to Moderate Trail Details TBA
  • We will be traveling on paved roads from camp to the trail and back, so vehicles must be street-legal/licensed or towed.
  • CB Channel: 4 or Ham Frequency: 146.460 (it's ok if you don't have either for this run)
  • Remember to pack a lunch & plenty of water!


NEW!! Pumpkin Carving Contest:
  • Bring your own pumpkin and carving tools
  • Trash bags and votive candles provided
  • Carve at camp Friday afternoon or evening, or Saturday after the trail rides
  • Finished Jack-o-lanterns on display Saturday evening - Everyone come VOTE for your favorite!
  • Jack-o-lantern with the most votes wins a Offroad Passport T-Shirt!


Annual Salsa Contest:
  • Enter your homemade salsa!
  • Keep salsa on ice until Saturday evening.
  • Offroad Passport will supply chips, and you're welcome to bring more.
  • EVERYONE come enjoy the chips and salsas and PLEASE VOTE for the winner!
  • The salsa with the most votes wins a Offroad Passport T-Shirt!


Campground Details: 

We've reserved the Raven Loop Group site at Dead Horse Ranch State Park.

There is a central gathering space with a Ramada, tables, grills and fire ring.

There is a restroom facility in the group site with flush toilets and showers. 😍

There are 23 spaces ranging from 40' to 60' long to accommodate most RV's and Travel Trailer set ups.

Each site has its own grill and picnic table!


Campground brochure:



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How you can help out:

  • Bring firewood if you have room so we can have a campfire both nights.
  • Bring your corn hole or other lawn games to play at camp.
  • Bring some charcoal and lighter fluid for the BBQs.
  • Familiarize yourself with Offroad Passport's Pet Policy


Tee's & Hats Available at the Event:

Cinders Special Prices!
Color Shirts: $15, White Shirts $10 (+ $2 for XXL or XXXL)
Hats: Dark Gray Digi $20 Camo - $15


Since the games and salsa contest winners gets to pick out a shirt, we're bringing all of them. Just let Diane know if you want to buy some Offroad Passport swag!

Photo credit: Sarah aka kaspily. :)

Organizers & Trail Leaders:





Simply post in this thread saying you'd like to go and we'll put you on the roster!

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Sign us up please!! Gotta keep our blindfolded driver title!! #unstoppable

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Count myself and the family in!


Happy Jonah Hill GIF

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Count me in for this bad boy!

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One question after looking at the PDF, is camp sites first come first serve or do we need to specify a spot number when making the payment?

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Johnpa is in

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9 minutes ago, johnpa said:

Johnpa is in

Sweet! Good people signing up!! Gonna be a nice, fun weekend!

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@AZRNintheJeep242 We pre-paid for the entire group site, so you guys will pay us back, and it will be first come first served when we arrive. Ranger is really cool, and will have a bunch of camp passes ready for us.

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Sign me up please.


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Devon and I will be there!  Only 20 minutes away!  :)

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