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Groom Creek Day-use and Horse Campground

The Groom Creek Horse Campground was designed for campers and day users who have horses with them. The picnic day-use is located down the road from the Horse Campground and designed for picnicking along the creek for the day. The campground and day-use areas are located in beautiful, pine covered, high elevation country in one of the most popular recreation areas in Arizona on the Bradshaw Ranger District.

 

The horse campground has been completely renovated, utilizing volunteer donations and labor, plus Forest Service grant money. 12 new corrals were installed, plus tie-lines relocated and 2 additional water outlets were added.

Both a volunteer host and a volunteer custodian are on duty to assist visitors to the horse campground. The horse campground is quite spacious and suitable for even the largest RVs.

Elevation: 6,000 Feet

Picnic Day-Use Facilities:

  • Picnic Tables
  • Vault Toilets
  • No Drinking Water, Electricity, Dump Station, or Shower Facilities

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Horse Campground Facilities:

  • 36 Camping Units with Tables, Stand-up Grills, Fire Rings, Picnic Tables, and Horse Tethers
  • 2 Group Picnic Day-use Sites with Tables, Stand-up Grills, and Fire Rings
  • 4 Vault Toilets
  • Drinking Water
  • 30 Corrals (16 x 16)
  • Gravel Campground Roads
  • No Electricity, Dump Station, or Shower Facilities

Available: May 1 through October 31
Stay limit: 14 Days

Fees:

  • Picnic Day-Use: $5 per vehicle
    (Standard Amenity Fee - Can pay at site or use a Valid Pass)
  • Horse Campground: $18 per site per night; $5 per extra vehicle
    (Expanded Amenity Fee - 50% discount for Interagency Senior or Access Pass holders)

Reservations:

  • Picnic Day-Use: All of the sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations are required.
  • Horse Campground: Seven of the sites within the campground are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The rest of the 29 sites are available by reservation only through the Bradshaw Ranger District office at (928) 443-8000. Please make reservations at least three days in advance.

Access: From downtown Prescott, take Gurley Street east to Mt. Vernon Avenue. Take Mt. Vernon (Senator Highway, Forest Road 52) south for approximately 6.5 miles to Groom Creek. The Horse Camp is just 0.7 miles south of the center of Groom Creek. Trailhead 307 is east across Forest Road 52 from the campground.

Travel time: 20 Minutes from Prescott

Road condition: Paved to Picnic Day-use and Campground. Gravel in Picnic Day-use area and Campground.

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General Information:

  • Each horse camp site usually accommodates one vehicle towing a camp trailer plus one additional vehicle (there is a charge for additional vehicle). Vehicles must be parked in space provided on site - not along side the road. Depending on the site, trailers between 22 feet to 40 feet in length can be accommodated.
  • Horse camp sites are designed for 5 people; a maximum of 10 is allowed only to accommodate a single large family.
  • Quiet hours must be observed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Open fires must be confined within fireplaces, grills or fire rings provided within developed recreation areas.
  • The gathering of dead wood is allowed for campground use only.

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