At the turn off into the
Crown King, the road becomes Forest Road #259. Continue straight
on Forest Road #259 approximately 0.6 mile to a road junction. Stay
left on Forest Road #52 and drive 6.2 miles to Horsethief Basin
Warning - High clearance vehicles recommended. Roads
are narrow. Please drive with caution.
Horsethief Basin Recreation Area is nestled in the
Bradshaw Mountains near Horsethief Basin Lake and the Castle
Creek Wilderness in the Prescott National Forest. The area is rich
in history, including early American Indian inhabitants and later in
the 1860s, home to horse thieves and rustled livestock. Now these
peaceful mountains provide a variety of recreation activities for
those wishing to enjoy both the heritage and beauty of the Bradshaw
You will find Horsethief Basin Lake, a small lake
that offers non-motorized boating and fishing. The lake is stocked
with largemouth bass, redear sunfish, and channel catfish.
Hiking opportunities include the upper Sonoran
Desert of Castle Creek Wilderness. Most of the wilderness trails are
maintained and offer rugged and diverse terrain. Trails include: Horsethief Canyon #30, Algonquin #225, Twin Peaks #240, Castle Creek
#239, Jim Creek #235, and Willow Creek #236. Both hikers and bikers
will enjoy East Fort #31 and Horsethief Recreation Trail #202 just
outside of the wilderness boundary.
Off-Highway Vehicles can venture out on the Kentuck
#217, Lane Mountain #233, and Tip Top #234 trails. Surrounding
Forest Service roads are also available. All Off-Highway Vehicles
need to stay on roads and trails.
Horsethief Lookout Tower as well as Hazlett Hollow
and Turney Gulch Campgrounds are in close proximity to the cabin. Enjoy the high peaks of the Bradshaws and the diverse recreation
opportunities that surround Horsethief Cabin. Please do your part to
leave the facility and site in better shape than you found it.