Camping Near Prescott AZ – Best in S.West

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Prescott is by far one of my all time favorite places in Arizona. The Camping near Prescott AZ is absolutely amazing and there are numerous places to choose from.

Prescott, AZ

This guide will give you some great ideas and information to move you forward with your camping adventures near Prescott AZ.

If you live in Phoenix, you are less than 2 hours away from the beauty of the Prescott National Forest.

I have provided information on various campsites for tent camping, RV’s, and even a campground for horse riding enthusiasts.

 

Alto Pit Campground – For the OHV Enthusiast  

 

Overview:

This campground sits at an elevation of 6,200 feet and is located near Granite Mountain Wilderness Area-in the Prescott National Forest. This is an excellent choice to camp for those that want to ride on over 20 miles of networked trails.   I have personally been on these trails in an OHV and it is an absolute blast! When you’re not riding, sit back and relax among the Ponderosa Pine, Scrub Oak, and Manzanita.

alto pit campground

 

Campsites:

This campground has one double and 10 single occupancy campsites and is perfect for large gatherings up to 50 people. Ten of the driveways in the campsites are pull-through- and one of the driveways you will need to back in (All of these have gravel surfaces).

There are some of the campsite driveways that can accommodate an RV or a tow vehicle and trailer quite easily, while others could be a tight fit. This campsite gets medium use during busy season- from Nov. 1-April 30, it is a first come, first serve basis.

At a Glance:

  • Fees/Night: $14.00
  • Season: Can access Year Round
  • Fishing: None
  • Features: Vault toilets, two dumpsters, campfire ring, picnic tables and large Ramada
  • RV: No hook ups or dump stations

 

Reservations: 

Call Bradshaw Ranger Station: 928-443-8000 (Be sure to call before you go-there are times when this campground is closed due to heavy rains, etc.) or go to Recreation.gov

Directions:

In Prescott, AZ, at the intersection of State Rts. 69 and 89S,take Rt. 89S west 1.3 miles to Montezuma St./N 3rd St. Turn right onto Montezuma St. (becomes Whipple St.) and go 1.4 miles to where Montezuma/Whipple Streets become Iron Springs Rd. Continue on Iron Springs Rd. 5.2 miles to campground on right.

 

Groom Creek – For The Horse Enthusiast

Overview:

Situated at 6,300 ft, this campground has recently been completely renovated. Volunteer donations, labor and Forest Service grant money made this possible. The only campers that are permitted are those with horses.

Groom Creek Horse Camp

Campsites:

There are three loops with basic labels- A,B,and C that wind through the beautiful Ponderosa Pine, Oak, and Manzanita. There are troughs with water scattered throughout the campground. A highline and a 16×16 horse corral is available at each campsite. Most of these sites you can pull through and accommodates most RV or Horse Trailers. The interior roads are tight though- so the Forest Service has a 40 foot maximum length on RV’s. You will need to bag the horse manure and then throw away in the provided dumpster.

At a Glance:

  • Fees/Night: $18.00 per day
  • Sites: Open and Wooded
  • Features: Cooking grills, fire rings, and picnic tables
  • Corrals: 12 (inc. 2 water outlets).
  • Pull Throughs: 33
  • Season: Open May 1 through October 31
  • Fishing: None
  • Hiking/Horse Riding/Mountain Biking:
    • Groom Creek Horse Camp Trail #307. 8.7 Mile Loop
    • Inter Loop #383 2.5 Mile Loop
    • Wolf Creek Loop #384 6 miles

 

For Reservations: Call, 1-877-444-6777 or go to Recreation.gov.

Directions:

In Prescott, AZ, at the intersection of Sheldon Rd. (State Rd. 89) and Mt. Vernon Ave., turn south onto S. Mt. Vernon Ave (Mt. Vernon Ave. becomes Senator Hwy) and continue 6.8 miles to campground sign. Turn right at sign into campground.

 

Hazlett Hollow – For the Fishing Enthusiast

Overview:

There is nothing empty about this campground. Still located in the Bradshaw Ranger District, it is closer to Crown King.   This road is Forest Rt 52 and is considered very primitive. It is a single lane road, rocky, rough and not RV friendly.

I’ve been to Crown King a number of times and it is an interesting little place.   It was a Gold Mining Town- then became a Ghost Town and now a whopping 80-100 people live there. You can always take a break from camp and grab a drink at one of the two saloons in town. One of which has been open for over 90 years. If you don’t feel like cooking breakfast, you can always take advantage of the $.99 breakfast at the other Saloon.

The elevation at this campsite is 6,000 feet and is located in a stand of Ponderosa Pines. The nearest body of water is the 3.5 acre Horsethief Lake where you can catch Bass, Catfish (stocked), and Redear Sunfish.

Campsites:

There are no RV Sites and five tent sites. Each site has a wooden shelter with a cement floor in which up to five adults can sleep. In the 1930’s, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) landscaped the campground with stonework.

At a Glance:

  • Fees/Night: $10.00
  • Maximum Stay: 14
  • Sites: Combined Sites (Tent or RV) 10
  • Features: Cooking grills and picnic tables, vault toilets
  • RV: No pull throughs, no hook ups, and no waste station
  • Season: Open April 30 through October 3
  • Fishing: Bass, Catfish, and Sunfish

For Reservations: Call 1-877-444-6777 or go to Recreation.gov.

Directions:

From Crown King, AZ, take dirt road (Forest Rt. 52) south for not even a mile to the “Y” intersection (Horsethief sign). Bear left and go 6.9 miles to campground sign. Turn left into campground.

 

Hilltop – For the Wildlife Enthusiast

Overview:

Hilltop is one of three campgrounds in the very popular Lynx Lake Recreation Area. There are three loops (A-C) that wind over hilltops above the lake. This campground sits in a thick wooded area consisting of Ponderosa Pine, Alligator Juniper, Oak, Manzanita and other various shrubs.

Located one mile from the campground, there are trails that will take you to the Lynx Lake Southshore. The wildlife viewing is simply amazing here. Keep your eyes open to see bald eagles, deer, blue heron, and coyote to name a few. For those who want to stay active during their camping experience, you can go fishing or hit the miles of trails to go hiking or mountain biking.

Campsites:

The campground site configuration consists of 37 sites which are combined tent or RV. A third of the campsites are single sites while the remaining are considered double campsites. The road has wide areas which give plenty of room for vehicles to pull into the campsite rather than backing in. Located south of the Lynx Lake Recreation are two designated dispersed camping areas.

At a Glance:

  • Fees/Night: $18
  • Maximum Stay: 7
  • Sites: Combined Sites (Tent or RV) 37
  • Features: Drinking water, Cooking grills and picnic tables, vault & wheelchair friendly toilets
  • RV: 21 pull throughs, no hook ups, and no waste station
  • Season: Open April 1 through October 31
  • Fishing: Trout
  • Water Sports: Boating (Electric motors only), sailing, and fishing
  • Hiking: Homestead Trail #305 – 7 miles, Lakeshore Trail #311 – 2.3 Mile Loop

Reservation: First come, first serve basis.

 

Directions:

From the Courthouse Plaza go east on Gurley Street. Turn east onto Highway 69. Go 4 miles to the turnoff to Walker (Forest Road 197). Follow FR197 for 3.5 miles to the campground sign. Turn left onto this access road; (campground is less than 0.5 mile from the Walker Road). Prescott is about 15 minutes away from this campground and all roads are paved.

 

Point of Rocks – For the “Close to Town” Enthusiast

Overview:

Okay, my title for this one was a little hokey. But this is very close to downtown Prescott, and is situated in a scenic and beautiful area. This campground is located in the heart of the Granite Dells. These are unique rock formations made out of – you guessed it, Granite! From the campground, there are numerous things you can do such as hiking, mountain bike, boating at the nearby lake, bird watching, and more.

Campsites:

From what I’ve seen and researched, Point of Rocks is the grand daddy of all the RV parks in Prescott. There are nearly 100 RV Sites and they are top rated on Trip Advisor. Their premium campsites include: amazing views, 28 ft long, 14 wide, 30 AMP, water, sewer, partial shade, and is satellite & wi-fi friendly.

At a Glance:

  • Fees: Vary- call for details
  • Features: 30 & 50 AMP, water, sewer, restrooms, showers, laundry, picnic tables
  • RV: 98 Sites- accommodate RV’s up to 46ft, 24/7 Access
  • Season: Year Round
  • Recreation: Fishing, kayaking, frisbee golf, mountain biking, and hiking

 

Reservations: Call 928-445-9018 or book online Note: They start taking reservations for 2020 on Oct. 1, 2019 (Jan-March 2020). Then-Jan. 2, 2020, they take reservations for the remaining months (April-Dec 2020).

 

Conclusion

There are many options for camping near Prescott AZ.  Some of these campgrounds are easier to get to than others, but all of them are well worth the drive. Camping is such a great way to recharge your batteries and get away from the rat race.

Do you have experience camping in one of these campgrounds?  Would you like to camp in one of these places?  Please leave your questions or comments below.

Happy Camping!

 

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