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GROOM CREEK HORSE CAMP, AZ
part ofPrescott National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Thu Apr 30 2015 Season Dates
OverviewEquestrian campers will find Groom Creek Horse Camp seven miles south of Prescott, Arizona at an elevation of 6,398 feet. The ponderosa pine setting, nearby trails and limited equestrian camping opportunities make this a popular destination. Each campsite has a steel corral enclosure and an overhead tether line that accommodates two to four horses. Two group picnic sites are also available for reservation for group gatherings within this campground.
Horse Camp occupies an area dominated by ponderosa pine mixed with alligator juniper, oak species, and a variety of forbs and native grasses. Colorful wildflowers bloom in the spring, and during the summer monsoon seasons. Visitors may see a variety of wildlife including deer, mountain lion, bobcat, coyotes, fox, rabbits, lizards, snakes, and birds.
Three trails are in close proximity to Groom Creek Horse Camp. Horse Camp Loop Trail 383 (2 miles) is accessed from Loop C, across from the group site or at the campground's entrance. Wolf Creek Loop Trail 384 (5 miles) is accessed from Horse Camp Loop Trail 383 and from Forest Service Road C101. Groom Creek Loop Trail 307 (9 miles) is accessed from the trailhead across from the entrance to Horse Camp. These trails are shared with other users including mountain bikers and hikers. Off-highway vehicle use occurs on designated roads and trails.
Horse Camp has two reservable loops (Loops B and C) and one first-come, first-serve loop (Loop A). Each of the 30 campsites in Loop B and C have a picnic table, steel fire ring, 16'x16' steel corral, and an overhead tether line. Of the 30 campsites, 27 campsite driveways are pull-through, three driveways are back-in, and all have packed gravel surfacing. The internal access roads are also packed gravel. Four vault toilets, five trash dumpsters, and six water faucets service the campground. Nearly all water faucets are located at a vault toilet. Facilities are not accessible for persons with disabilities.
Prescott is a 15 minute drive from Horse Camp. Many activities including arts, crafts and music festivals are scheduled throughout the summer. Goldwater Lake, located within minutes of Horse Camp, is managed by the City of Prescott. Their recreation pass and day-use fee should not be confused with the Prescott National Forest Day-Use Passes or day-use fee.
Activities and Amenities
Know Before You GoBase Fees includes one vehicle
Additional vehicle fees may apply
No RV hook-ups are available.
No dump station is located on-site.
Pet(s) are welcome, but must be physically restricted.
The campground's internal access road and campsite turning radius varies; some turns and driveways are tight while others are more accommodating.
The recommended trailer length is 35 feet or less.
Site is not accessible for persons with disabilities.
To prevent the spread of equestrian disease and reduce allergens, please remove all straw, feed and manure. Manure may be deposited in campground dumpsters or hauled to a sanitary landfill.
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From downtown Prescott , take Gurley Street east to Mt. Vernon Avenue. Take Mt. Vernon (Senator Highway, County Road #56) south for about 7.2 miles to Horse Camp on the right. Groom Creek Loop Trailhead #307 is east of the campground, across Forest Road #52.
Mailing Address:GROOM CREEK HORSE CAMP
344 S. Cortez Street
Prescott AZ 86303-4398
Phone Number:Information: (928)443-8000