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TURNEY GULCH GROUP, AZ

part ofPrescott National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: TURNEY GULCH GROUP
Status: Open through Tue Oct 28 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Turney Gulch is a remote, scenic location for groups of up to 100 people to rest under the stars and towering pines of Prescott National Forest. The site lies near Horsethief Lake and is seven miles southeast of the small town of Crown King, Arizona, a former ghost town. Campers can enjoy hunting, fishing, hiking, birding, wildlife viewing and visiting historic sites in the area.

Natural Features:

The facility is situated in a ponderosa pine forest at an elevation of 6,000 feet in the Bradshaw Mountains of north-central Arizona. The forest is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including deer, mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, fox, rabbits, lizards, snakes, bald eagles and other species of birds.

Summer temperatures offer a pleasant relief from the heat of nearby deserts, and winter is cool to cold with occasional snow. Afternoon thunderstorms are possible from late June through mid-September.

Recreation:

Campers have no shortage of activities both in and around the campground. The shade of the ponderosas invites guests to picnic and relax at the facility, while the nearby lake allows fishing and boating (electric motors and oars only). Anglers cast for largemouth bass, channel catfish and sunfish. Hunting is available in the surrounding forest, and the nearby Castle Creek Wilderness provides numerous trails for hikers to explore.

Facilities:

Turney Gulch is the only group campground near Horsethief lake and close to one family campground. The facility has a rustic mountain feel with a picnic shelter, 15 picnic tables, a grill and accessible vault toilets. Drinking water and trash collection are provided for convenience.

The site lies on an unimproved dirt road and the drive is difficult; campers should use high clearance vehicles to get there.

Nearby Attractions:

The small town of Crown King has a general store with basic supplies.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Drinking Water
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Boating
  • Fishing
Within 10 Miles
  • General Store
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Lake Access
Know Before You Go
  • The facility is located on an unimproved dirt road; high clearance vehicles only
  • Click here for more information about 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):
34.17389, -112.285
34°10'26"N, 112°17'6"W

From I-17, take the Bumble Bee exit and continue north on the dirt road, taking Forest Road 259 to Crown King. From Crown King, take Forest Road 259A south for 0.5 mile to the junction of Forest Road 52. Take 52 southeast for about 6 miles to the Horsethief Basin Recreation Area. Turney Gulch is approximately one mile past Horsethief Lake.

From Prescott, Arizona, travel to Mayer on Route 69 South. Take Main Street through Mayer, continuing east to the junction with Antelope Creek Road. Turn on Antelope Creek Road and proceed southeast for approximately 9 miles to Cordes. In Cordes, take Forest Road 259 to Crown King. From Crown King, take Forest Road 259A south for 0.5 mile to the junction of Forest Road 52. Take 52 southeast for about 6 miles to the Horsethief Basin Recreation Area. Turney Gulch is approximately one mile past Horsethief Lake.

The facility is located on an unimproved dirt road; high clearance vehicles only.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

TURNEY GULCH GROUP
PRESCOTT
  AZ 

Phone Number:

Information:  (928)443-8000
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