Groom Creek Schoolhouse & Accessible Nature Trail


Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Groom Creek Schoolhouse is a beautiful river rock-clad structure with wooden floors, large windows that fill the room with sunlight, and antique chalk boards that are still in place--which can add an interesting touch to any gathering.  Outdoor facilities include a large picnic area and an amphitheatre.  

The schoolhouse and outdoor facilities may be reserved for use, but the building is locked when not rented.  Smaller groups and individuals may visit the grounds during the day when the schoolhouse is not in use, but are asked to respect the group's privacy when the space is rented.  Visitors may also access the paved Lion's Club Accessible Nature Trail that winds 1500 feet through a ponderosa pine forest, allowing visitors to experience the smells and sensations of a quiet forest setting.  Built by the Lion's Club in partnership with Prescott National Forest, this unique nature trail includes tactile interpretive signs depicting various plants and animals native to the area.  If you plan to visit this site, and want to ensure that there will be ample parking, please visit the Recreation.gov to see if a group is expected on the day you plan to visit.   

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At a Glance

Operational Hours:
  • March 1 - April 30: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • May 1 - August 31: 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • September 1 - November 30: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • December 1 - February 28 (or 29): 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Reservations: Reserve the group site from April 1 - October 31 at Recreation.gov The nature trial is open year-round.
Fees: $150.00/day for up to 60 people
Water: No water available
Restroom: Accessible Vault Toilets
Operated By: Prescott National Forest

General Information

Accessibility:

There are several steps leading into the historic schoolhouse itself, but the picnic and restroom facilities are accessible, though a person using a wheelchair may need help accessing the amphitheatre.  Groom Creek Schoolhouse boasts an accessible nature trail, built by the Lion's Club in partnership with Prescott National Forest. 


Directions:

From Phoenix take Interstate 17 North 61.8 miles. Merge onto AZ-69W via EXIT 262 toward Cordes junction Road/Prescott and follow 33.8 miles. Take the US-89 S ramp. Turn slight left onto East Gurley Street/AZ-89. Continue to follow East on Gurley Street for about 0.8 mile. Turn left at Mt. Vernon Street and continue for 6.1 miles. The turn off for the schoolhouse and parking will be on your left.

Access to the schoolhouse group day use site is via gate locked with a combination lock. After making reservations, you will receive the combination for the gate.


Parking:

Parking for 12 vehicles or two buses.


Activities

Cabin Rentals

This is a day-use site popular for weddings and group gatherings. There is a large picnic area, outdoor amphitheatre, and a schoolhouse for when the weather drives the function indoors. Visitors may also access the paved Groom Creek Nature Trail that winds 1500 feet through a ponderosa pine forest, allowing visitors to experience the smells and sensations of a quiet forest setting.

Fees: $150.00/day for up to 60 people
Reservation required?: Y

Interpretive Areas

Winding through ponderosa pines, this accessible nature trail is paved, short (approximately 1500 feet), and boasts tactile interpretive signs depicting plants and animals native to the area.  Visitor are welcome to walk the nature trail any day, but are asked to avoid the schoolhouse grounds and amenities when the area is rented for use by private parties.

Fees: $5.00/day

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities