Crown King Area (Horsethief Basin)

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

NOTE: Opening of the developed recreation sites in Horsethief Basin has been delayed by the Tiger Fire. Opening date will be announced/posted as soon as possible.


Horsethief Basin Recreation Area offers a variety of recreational opportunities including: hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, camping, fishing, and OHV riding.  Castle Creek Wilderness is located nearby, and Horsethief Cabin and Turney Gulch Group Campground are available by reservation.  Day use sites and trails are open year-round; overnight accomodations are not available during the winter.  Scroll down (below the recreation map) to learn more about these recreational opportunities.


Prescott National Forest Seeks Partners to Manage Horsethief Basin Recreation Sites

Please visit our Request for Expressions of Interest webpage to learn more about this unique opportunity to give us input and/or to propose your management strategy for the recreation sites in Horsethief Basin.


Note: Until further notice, use of a high-clearance vehicle is recommended for those who plan to visit recreation sites in Horsethief Basin.

Fish Consumption Advisory: The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), in association with the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD), issued a fish consumption advisory for largemouth bass caught from Horsethief Basin Lake in Yavapai County and south of the community of Crown King. This advisory is based on recent analysis of fish tissue data that indicate elevated levels of mercury. 


At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed due to the Tiger Fire temporary closure order which is set to expire on August 31, 2021
Busiest Season: Spring - Fall

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Equestrian Opportunities

Opportunities for Equestrians

Day Hiking Opportunities

Day Hiking Opportunities

Backpacking Opoortunities

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Mountain Biking Opportunities

Mountain Biking Opportunities

OHV Opportunities

OHV Opportunities