Mingus Mountain

Located in the cool pines of central Arizona, Mingus Mountain offers a wide range of recreational opportunities including: picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, camping, fishing, hunting, hang gliding, and paragliding.  Scroll down (below the recreation map) to learn more about the excellent recreational opportunities on Mingus Mountain.


Mingus Mountain Brochure (1.86 MB) NOTE- Brochure Correction: Mingus Mountain Campground and Picnic Site do not have electricity available at this time.

Mingus Rim Trails Description and Map (563 KB PDF; 8.5” X 11”)

At a Glance

Usage: Medium
Busiest Season: Spring - Fall
  • Vehicular cross-country travel is prohibited
  • Dispersed camping within the recreation boundary is prohibited (see Dispersed under Camping and Cabins for more information)
  • Motorized boats are prohibited in Mingus Lake
Closest Towns: Jerome and Prescott Valley, AZ
Water: Mingus Lake is a small lake that is periodically stocked with rainbow trout.
Operated By: Forest Service

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Recreation areas with activity Campground Camping:

Potato Patch Campground and Mingus Mountain Campground

RV Camping

Recreation areas with activity RV Camping:

Potato Patch Campground has 12 sites with electrical hook-ups for RVs, and many sites in the non-electric loop can accommodate RVs as well.  Mingus Mountain Campground has 19 sites that accommodate RVs, but there is no electricity available at this time.  Drinking water is available for campground guests for use on site, but not for filling RV water tanks.  

Group Camping

Recreation areas with activity Group Camping:

Playground Group Campground is available by restervation for groups of up to 100 people.

Lake and Pond Fishing

Recreation areas with activity Lake and Pond Fishing:

Hang Gliding

Recreation areas with activity Hang Gliding:


Recreation areas with activity Picnicking:

Summit, Viewpoint, and Mingus Day-Use areas each have several picnic tables and charcoal grills.  Mingus Lake has one picnic table, sheltered by a ramada, but no grill.


Recreation areas with activity Swimming:

Please see the news release dated August 28, 2020 for more information about swimming in the lakes on the Forest.