Turney Gulch Group Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

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

Site Description: Located seven miles southeast of Crown King, Arizona. Restrooms and potable water are provided. This group site is situated close to Horsethief lake. Popular activities include boating (electric and oar only), fishing, hiking, and visiting the Castle Creek Wilderness. This group site has fifteen tables and grill with a roofed ramada/pavillion.



  • Historic wooden pavillion
  • 10 tables
  • Drinking water
  • Vault toilet
  • Garabage service

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Temporary closure through October 31, 2020 per Forest Order Number 03-09-00-20-269 The purpose of this Order, which reflects federal and state guidance to limit the spread of COVID-19, is to protect public health and safety.
Reservations: Reservation Information: Recreation.gov or telephone 1-877-444-6777
  • $75 for groupsite (1-25 people)
  • $100 for groupsite (26-50 people)
Usage: Light
  • Quiet hours between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Campfires in developed fire pits only
  • Fireworks are prohibited
  • Dogs must be on leash (6' maximum)
  • OHV/ATV use prohibited in the campground
  • Maximum length of stay: 14 days in 30-day period on the Prescott National Forest including stays at dispersed recreation sites. 
Closest Towns: Outside of Crown King; approximately 2.5 hours from I-17
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


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. Turney Gulch is approximately one mile past Horsethief Lake.

The road condition is an unimproved dirt road, high clearance vehicles only.

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