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part ofPrescott National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Mon Nov 30 2015   Season Dates


Horse 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.

Natural Features:

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.
Dense populations of mule deer and javelina inhabit this area, along with a few mountain lions, bobcats, black bears, coyotes, rabbits, foxes, skunks, and badgers. Snakes and lizards live here, and numerous birds soar overhead, including doves, quail, hawks, owls, ravens, jays, and many smaller species.
The area is rich in history, including early Native American inhabitants and later in the 1860s, home to horse thieves and rustled livestock. Evidence of historical mining activity abounds in this area, especially in the nearby community of Crown King.


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.
Hikers will have plenty of opportunities to explore the area on trails leading to Horse Thief Canyon, Twin Peaks, Castle Creek and Jim Creek.
Off-highway vehicles have several roads and trails available for travel, and a lookout tower and a campground are in close proximity.


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.
The kitchen has all the basic amenities including a sink, propane stove/oven, refrigerator, toaster, coffee maker, and table with six chairs. The bathroom has a flush toilet, sink, and shower. There are grills and a picnic table on site.
Although the cabin has several amenities, guests must also provide a few of their own supplies, including food, sleeping bags, linens, towels, dish soap, matches, first aid kit, and garbage bags. The Homeland Security recommends a well prepared Emergency Kit for any emergency.

Nearby Attractions:

Horse Thief Lookout Tower as well as Hazlett Hollow and Turney Gulch Campgrounds are in close proximity to the cabin.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s) With Mattress
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilet
  • Futon(s)
  • Grills
  • Heater
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Hunting
  • Lake Access
  • Mountain Biking
  • Non-Motorized Boating
  • Off Road Vehicle Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Propane Stove
  • Showers
  • Stove
  • Table and Chairs
  • Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • High-clearance vehicles are highly recommended; roads to the cabin are narrow and winding
  • A four-digit code included in the confirmation letter will gain access to the cabin.
  • Please keep gate(s) closed at all times
  • Cell phone coverage is unreliable and there is no phone at the cabin
  • Reservation dates may be subject to weather conditions
  • Pets are not permitted in the cabin
  • Bears are present in the area; do not leave any garbage or food outside or food in your vehicle
  • Pack out food and garbage and clean the facility before you leave
  • Chainsaw use is prohibited between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • The cabin is a no-smoking facility
  • Fireworks are prohibited on all national forest lands
  • Off-highway vehicles are only allowed on designated roads and trails
  • Learn more about the Prescott National Forest.
  • 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):
34.16139, -112.2925
34°9'41"N, 112°17'33"W

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.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

344 S. Cortez Street

Phone Number:

Information:  (928)443-8000
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