Cabin Rentals: Horsethief Cabin

Horsethief Cabin, Arizona

Horsethief Cabin is nestled in the Bradshaw Mountains near Horsethief Basin Lake and Castle Creek Wilderness in the Prescott National Forest. The area is rich in history, including early Native American inhabitants and later in the 1860s, home to horse thieves and rustled livestock. Evidence of historical mining activity abounds in this area, especially in the nearby community of Crown King. Now, these peaceful mountains provide a variety of recreation activities for those wishing to enjoy both the heritage and beauty of the Bradshaws.


The original cabin was built in 1939 as quarters and a staging area for Forest Service crews charged with protecting the southern end of the Bradshaw Mountains against wildfires. The cabin was remodeled and modernized over the years. However, by the 1980s, the cabin fell into disuse. It now enjoys a second life as a rental cabin, providing a unique recreation opportunity for visitors to the Prescott National Forest.


The cabin has running water, a flush toilet, shower, electricity, and first aid kit. The kitchen has all the basic amenities including a sink, propane stove/oven, refrigerator, table and six chairs. There are four beds available in the cabin (two twin beds, one queen bed, and one double-size futon). You will need to supply your own dishes, utensils, and cookware. Try cooking outside where you will find a grill and three picnic tables! The cabin has heating and fans for cooling. Phone service is not available. Cell phone coverage is limited.

Things You'll Need

  • Food
  • Bedding and towels
  • Rain gear suggested
  • Trash bags
  • Dishes, utensils and cookware
  • Dish washing liquid and dish rag
  • Toilet paper and paper towels
  • Compass and map
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Flashlight 

Area Attractions and Attractions

The cabin is in the Horesethief Basin Recreation Area, in the heart of the Bradshaw Mountains. Horsethief Basin Lake is near the cabin. It is a small lake that offers nonmotorized boating and fishing. The lake is stocked with largemouth bass, red ear sunfish, and channel catfish.

Hiking opportunities include Castle Creek Wilderness. Most of the wilderness trails are maintained and offer rugged and diverse terrain. Trails include: Horsethief Canyon (30), Algonquin (225), Twin Peaks (240), Castle Creek (239), Jim Creek (235), and Willow Creek (236). Both hikers and bikers will enjoy East Fort (31) and Horsethief Recreation Trail (202) just outside of the wilderness boundary.

Off-highway vehicles can venture out on the Kentuck (217), Lane Mountain (233), and Tip Top (234) trails. Surrounding Forest Service roads are also available. All off-highway vehicles need to stay on roads and trails.

Horsethief Lookout Tower as well as Hazlett Hollow and Turney Gulch Campgrounds are in close proximity to the cabin. Enjoy the high peaks of the Bradshaws and the diverse recreation opportunities that surround Horsethief Cabin. Please do your part to leave the facility and site in better shape than you found it.

For more information on the diverse recreational opportunities available in the surrounding area, contact the Bradshaw Ranger District, 344 South Cortez St., Prescott, AZ 86303-4398, phone: (928) 443-8000 or (928) 443-8001 (TTY).


Warning — High-clearance vehicles recommended. Roads are narrow and winding. Travel time between I-17 and Horsethief Cabin is about 90 minutes. Please allow sufficient travel time and drive with caution.

From Phoenix, take Interstate 17 north to Exit 259. Go west on County Road 73. Proceed west 3.4 miles to Cordes to the stop sign. Turn left (south) onto County Road 179, travel 2.9 miles to a “Y”. Stay right on the “Y” and travel 0.9 mile to a stop sign. Turn right onto County Road 59 traveling west and stay on County Road 59 through Cleator to Crown King (17.25 miles). At the turnoff into the community of Crown King the road becomes Forest Road 259. Continue straight on Forest Road 259 about 0.6 mile to a road junction. Stay left on Forest Road 52 and drive 6.2 miles to Horsethief Cabin. 



The cabin is located on the Prescott National Forest.


$100 per night
Note that fees may change at any time.


The maximum capacity for the cabin is six people.


Smoking is prohibited in the cabin. Obey seasonal fire restrictions for smoking in areas outside of the cabin. Fully extinguish and properly dispose of cigarette butts. We request that you do not litter the cabin grounds.


Pets are not permitted in the building. Bears have been seen in the area on occasion. Do not leave any garbage outside or food in your vehicle.


Horsethief Cabin is available seasonally from April 1 through November 30.


Reservation information is pending.

Contact Information

This cabin is maintained and operated by the Prescott National Forest. For questions about this cabin and others in the area, call the Prescott, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. at (928) 443-8000. The Bradshaw Ranger District Reception Area Attendant will transfer you to the appropriate Forest Staff for assistance.