Until further notice, use of a high-clearance vehicle is recommended for those who plan to visit recreation sites in Horsethief Basin.
Site Description: This is a relatively small, semi-primitive campground in the southern end of the Bradshaw Mountains in the Horsethief Basin Area. Ponderosa pine is the dominant vegetation type in the area. One of the most attractive and well developed campgrounds in the southern Bradshaws. Most of the walls and walks throughout the campground were built of stone during the 1930s by the Civil Conservation Corp (CCC). This site may close early or open late, depending on snowfall.
15 campsites with picnic tables, and grills
3-sided wooden camping shelters with concrete floors at each site
2 vault toilets (1 is accessible)
Drinking water is available during the open season.
Maximum vehicle length varies by site from 22-40 feet
No RV hook-ups
Drinking water is available for use on site, but not for filling RV water tanks
At a Glance
First come, first served
$10 for campsite
$5 for extra vehicle
May 1 - Oct 31
Quiet hours between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Campfires in developed fire pits only
Fireworks are prohibited
Dogs must be on leash
OHV/ATV use prohibited in the campground
Maximum length of stay: 14 days
Crown King, AZ
The best route from Prescott is by way of Mayer, particularly in winter. Take Main St. through the town of Mayer continuing east to the junction with the Antelope Creek Road. Continue southeast on this road for approximately 9 miles to Cordes. At the road junction in Cordes take Forest Road 259 to Crown King. At Crown King take FR 259A south for 0.5 miles to the junction with FR 52. Take FR 52 southeast for approximately 6 miles to the campground just northeast of Horsethief Lake.
If approaching from Interstate I-17, take the Bumble Bee exit and continue north on this dirt road, taking FR 259 to Crown King. Then take FR 259A south from Crown King to where it joins FR 52. Take FR 52 southeast for about 6 miles to the Horsethief Basin recreation area and the Hazlett Hollow Campground.
The road is an unimproved dirt road, high clearance vehicles only.
Sites are designed for 5 people; a maximum of 10 is allowed only to accommodate a single large family.
Each campsite usually accommodates one vehicle towing a camp trailer plus one additional vehicle (there is a charge for additional vehicle). Vehicles must be parked in space provided on site - not along side the road.