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part ofPrescott National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sat Oct 31 2015   Season Dates


Equestrian 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.

Natural Features:

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.

A reservable group site is located in Loop B and one in Loop C. The group site in Loop B has six picnic tables, five pedestal fire grills, one group fire ring, and limited parking for a maximum of two vehicles. Trailers cannot be accommodated. The group site in Loop C has a steel ramada with six picnic tables, a steel ramada-covered cooking area with two triple cooking surface fire pedestal grills, water faucet, one large and one small steel fire ring, overhead tether line, a 16'x16' steel corral, and limited parking for a maximum of two vehicles.

Nearby Attractions:

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

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Group Site (Reservable)
  • Horse Corrals
  • Host
  • Self Pay Station
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
Within 10 Miles
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Ranger Station
  • Trailheads
Know Before You Go
Base 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.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.465, -112.44139
34°27'54"N, 112°26'29"W

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.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

344 S. Cortez Street
Prescott  AZ  86303-4398

Phone Number:

Information:  (928)443-8000
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