Crown King Area (Horsethief Basin)

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 accommodations are not available during the winter. Scroll down (below the recreation map) to learn more about these recreational opportunities.

Horsethief Basin Brocure (12.8 MB PDF)

Note: Until further notice, use of 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

Busiest Season: Spring - Fall

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Recreation areas with activity Campground Camping:

Hazlett Hollow Campground

Group Camping

Recreation areas with activity Group Camping:

Turney Gulch Group Campground

Lake and Pond Fishing

Recreation areas with activity Lake and Pond Fishing:

Horsethief Lake is not stocked with fish, but patient anglers may catch bass, catfish, channel catfish, and sunfish. A valid fishing or combination license is required for resident and non-resident anglers 10 years of age or older fishing any public accessible water in Arizona.

Boating - Non-Motorized

Recreation areas with activity Boating - Non-Motorized:


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.

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