Horseshoe Campground

Area Status: Open
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Horseshoe Campground


Horseshoe Reservoir and the Verde River are nearby and provide opportunities for many water activities. This site has large mesquite trees providing shade. Bald eagles are frequently seen in this vicinity.

At a Glance

Fees $16/site/night; America the Beautiful Interagency Senior or Access Pass holders receive 50% discount (persons over 62 or have a permanent disability) for single camp units only. Campground fees must be paid for at the fee machine located at  the Cave Creek District Office. 
Open Season: Year round
Restrictions: Stay limit 14 days, trailers under 16', use of motorized watercraft on flowing portions of the Verde River is prohibited. PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT. Glass containers prohibited.
Closest Towns: Carefree, Cave Creek
Water: Not Available
Restroom: Vault toilets
Information Center: Cave Creek Ranger District (480) 595-3300

General Information


This site is 23 miles northeast of Carefree. From Carefree, take Cave Creek Road turn right on Bartlett Dam Road and continue for 6 miles to the junction of FR 205 and FR 19. At this junction, FR 205 turns left and becomes an unmaintained unpaved road. Follow FR 205 for 10 miles towards Horseshoe Reservoir. At the junction of FR 205 and FR 205A, turn right and travel an additional ½ mile to the site.   View and download a map.

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Campground Camping

  • There are 12 camp sites with fire rings, picnic tables, and vault toilets.
  • There are NO TRASH SERVICES. Please pack out whatever you pack in.
  • Maximum occupancy per individual camp unit is 10.
  • Maximum number of vehicles per individual camp unit is three.  All vehicles must completely fit within the designated parking area.
  • Check-in time is 12:00 pm, and check-out time is 10:00 am.
No. of Sites12
Reservation InfoFirst come, first serve, no reservations


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1,900 feet