Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This campground is designated ONLY for people with horses
Little Elden Springs Horse Camp is a campground that was created for those who love horses and enjoy riding in a beautiful landscape. This camp has been designed for the particular needs of equestrian campers in mind. All 15 campsites allow easy access for vehicles pulling horse trailers and are equipped with horse-friendly accommodations. It is located near the base of Mount Elden in a lush ponderosa pine and Gamble oak forest. You can access the Kachina Peaks Wilderness at the Weatherford Trail near Schultz Tank just up the road.
The Mount Elden/Dry Lake Hills Trail System is also accessible right from camp and is comprised of over 30 miles of trails. The Horse Camp access trail connects to the Little Elden Trail, which provides a variety of loops and trail pursuits. Deer Hill Trail, which is at the rear of the campground, heads due north for 4.5 miles. This trail offers amazing views of the San Francisco Peaks, especially during the changing of the leaves in the fall when the aspens turn from green to gold.
At a Glance
This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at Recreation.GOV
$20.00 per night; extra vehicle: $9.00 per night. Day use $9.00 up to 5 people, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
||May 3, 2013 at noon - October 14, 2013 at noon
||This campground is designated ONLY for people with horses
||Concessionaire - Contact Flagstaff District - 928-526-0866
View of snow covered Peaks and yellow aspen near Little Elden Springs Trailhead. Taken 10-31-09 by Patty Ringle. Click image for full size view.
Location: 5 miles northeast of Flagstaff on the edge of Elden Mountain. Elevation is 7200 feet.
GPS: N35° 16' 45.192", W-111° 34' 44.04"
Access: Drive 5 miles northeast of Flagstaff on US 89. Turn west (left) on FR 556 and drive 2 miles to FR 556A. Turn north (right) and continue to the campground. (see Bonito Campground map for a better idea of how to get there)
Click map image for PRINTABLE view.
Attractions: Camping, picnicking, riding trails, wildlife watching, fall colors, photography.
Facilities: 15 pull-through campsites, picnic tables, restrooms, water, hitching rails, trash dumpsters.
Larger sites can accommodate a combined truck and trailer length up to 35 feet.
14 day stay limit.
All vehicles must be kept on constructed roads or spurs.
Gray water and sewage from holdings must be transported to a dump station off Forest lands.
Tips for Minimizing Impacts in Horse Camps (18 kb .pdf file)