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HORSE THIEF, AZ
part ofPrescott National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Mon Nov 30 2015 Season Dates
OverviewHorse Thief Cabin is situated in a clearing of Ponderosa pines at an elevation of over 6,000 feet in the Bradshaw Mountains of the Prescott National Forest.
The original cabin was built in 1939 as quarters and a staging area for Forest Service crews charged with protecting the southern end of the Bradshaw Mountains against wildfires. The cabin was remodeled and modernized over the years, but eventually fell into disuse by the 1980s.
The historic structure now enjoys a second life as a rental cabin, providing a unique recreation opportunity for visitors to the Prescott National Forest.
The nearby Castle Creek Wilderness is defined by rugged and diverse terrain ranging from lower elevations with saguaro cactus, palo verde, mesquite, jojoba, cat claw, and grasslands to higher elevations dominated by piñon pine and juniper.
Anglers will appreciate the short hike from the cabin to Horse Thief Basin Lake, stocked with largemouth bass, channel catfish and sunfish. Non-motorized boating is also available at the lake.
The cabin can accommodate up to six people and is furnished with four beds, including, two twin beds, one queen bed, and one double futon. The cabin is equipped with running water, electricity, propane heater, and fans for cooling.
Horse Thief Lookout Tower as well as Hazlett Hollow and Turney Gulch Campgrounds are in close proximity to the cabin.
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Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Phoenix, take I-17 North to Exit #259. Go west on County Road #73 to Cordes to the stop sign. Turn left (south) onto County Road #179 and travel 3.5 miles to a "Y". Stay right at the "Y" and travel another .5 miles to a stop sign. Turn right onto County Road #59 traveling west, and stay on this road through Cleator to Crown King. At the turnoff for Crown King, the road becomes Forest Road 259. Continue straight on Forest Road 259A past the turn-off approximately 0.6 miles to a road junction. Stay left on Forest Road 52 and drive 5.7 miles to Horse Thief Cabin. The cabin is on the right side of the road.
Mailing Address:HORSE THIEF
344 S. Cortez Street
PRESCOTT AZ 86303
Phone Number:Information: (928)443-8000