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part ofCoconino National Forest Recreation, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sun Oct 11 2015   Season Dates


Little Elden Springs Horse Camp is a campground that was created for those who love horses and enjoy riding in a beautiful landscape. Located in the Coconino National Forest of northern Arizona, the campground offers opportunities for horseback riding, hiking and wildlife viewing.

The facility is very accommodating to campers and their horses and including hitching posts, plenty of space for horse trailers and access to over 30 miles of trails.

Natural Features:

The campground lies near the base of Mount Elden in a lush ponderosa pine and gamble oak forest and has a view of the 12,000-ft. San Francisco Peaks. Fall foliage can be outstanding and very inviting for photography. There is a healthy population of mule deer and elk in the area that can be fun to watch and photograph when sighted.

Summers are very pleasant with sunny skies, high temperatures in the 60s to 80s and occasional afternoon thunderstorms.


Campers can access the Kachina Peaks Wilderness at the Weatherford Trail near Schultz Tank just up the road from the campground.

The Mount Elden/Dry Lake Hills Trail System is also accessible right from camp and is comprised of over 30 miles of trails for all levels of horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking.

Some of the nearby trails offer amazing views of the peaks, especially during the changing of the leaves in the fall when the aspens turn from green to gold.


This campground is only available to campers with horses, and has been designed for the particular needs of equestrian campers. All 15 campsites allow easy access for vehicles pulling horse trailers and are equipped with horse-friendly accommodations. Two hitching posts are provided per site, and extra parking is available. Manure removal is the responsibility of the owners.

The restroom is accessible, though there are no accessible sites.

Nearby Attractions:

The nearby town of Flagstaff, Arizona, has shopping, restaurants and other conveniences. Visitors can also make a quick trip down the road to the must-see Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and Wupatki National Monument.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Drinking Water
  • Equestrian Sites
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hitching Racks
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Picnic Tables
  • Trash Collection
Know Before You Go
  • This campground is designated for equestrian campers only
  • Tents are allowed on the sites
  • All manure must be cleaned from the site before departure; trash receptacles cannot be used for manure disposal
  • A fee of $8 for extra vehicles will be collected at the campground
  • Larger sites can accommodate a combined truck and trailer length up to 35 ft.
  • Gray water and sewage from holdings must be transported to a dump station off national forest lands
  • Click here for more information on Coconino 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):
35.27333, -111.58667
35°16'24"N, 111°35'12"W

From I-40 near Flagstaff, Arizona, take exit 201, and turn left to the Page exit (Highway 89). Proceed north on Highway 89 for 6 miles to Forest Road 556 (Elden Springs Road). Turn left, proceed for 1.5 miles to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:


Phone Number:

Project Office: (928)226-0493
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