Groom Creek Horse Camp – Prescott

Groom Creek Horse CampGroom Creek Horse Camp Prescott National Forest
One of only two horse camping sites in AZ, Prescott’s Groom Creek Horse Camp was specifically designed for campers and picnicers who have horses with them. The campground is located in beautiful, pine covered, high elevation country in one of the most popular recreation areas in Arizona.
A little background, Groom Creek Horse Camp is a story with a happy ending – one that began when Isabelle Brown was 14 years old. Due to the persistence of Isabelle, this horse camp in the Prescott National Forest – the only one of its kind in Arizona – is a reality. Isabelle Brown, along with many other volunteers raised nearly $125,000 in cash, materials and volunteer labor in order to qualify for a Challenge-Cost Share project with the Forest Service. The Forest Service in turn provided $261,000 in Challenge-Cost Share funds made avainable through the efforts of Senator DeConcini.
The campground has been completely redeveloped as a cooperative venture of the Prescott National Forest and the Desert Saddlebag Club of Phoenix, Arizona. Both groups contributed time, materials, and money towards the camp’s construction. Both a volunteer host and a volunteer custodian are on duty to assist visitors to the site. The campground is open from May 1 through October 31. The campground is quite spacious and suitable for even the largest RVs and Trailers. Seven of the sites within the campground are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The rest of the sites are available by reservation only through the Bradshaw District office at (928) 443-8000. Please make reservations with the district office at least five days in advance. Fees are $18.00 per site per day. This campground does not have any Recreational Vehicle hookups, dumpstations or shower facilities.

Elevation: 6,000 Feet

Picnic Day-Use Facilities:
Picnic Tables
Vault Toilets
No Drinking Water, Electricity, Dump Station, or Shower Facilities

Horse Campground Facilities:
36 Camping Units with Tables, Stand-up Grills, Fire Rings, Picnic Tables, and Horse Tethers
2 Group Picnic Day-use Sites with Tables, Stand-up Grills, and Fire Rings
10 Vault Toilets
NO Drinking Water
30 Corrals (16 x 16)
Gravel Campground Roads
No Electricity, Dump Station, or Shower Facilities
Available: May 1 through October 31

Camping Fees: $18 for campsite, $5 per extra vehicle. Stay limit: 14 Days
From downtown Prescott, take Gurley Street east to Mt. Vernon Avenue. Take Mt. Vernon (Senator Highway, Forest Road 52) south for approximately 6.5 miles to Groom Creek. The Horse Camp is just 0.7 miles south of the center of Groom Creek. Trailhead 307 is east across Forest Road 52 from the campground.
Travel time: 20 Minutes from Prescott
Road condition: Paved to Picnic Day-use and Campground. Gravel in Picnic Day-use area and Campground.

Special attractions:
Access to Groom Creek Loop Trail #307

Restaurants – Night Life.
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