campground is difficult to get to but sure pays off as
it is the jewel of the lower Bradshaw mountains. A 4WD
vehicle or high clearance 2WD is needed to traverse the
bumpy unimproved road that leads out of Crown King. Crown
King is an old west style town with a couple of restaurants
and a country store/ service station with camping supplies
if you were absent-minded and left something at home.
Hazlett Hollow has 3 sided wooden camping shelters with
concrete floors in each campsite. You can fish at nearby
Horsethief Lake for largemouth bass, sunfish, bluegill
and channel catfish.
Hollow Campground is an excellent place to base
your camp for exploring the Castle Creek Wilderness.
Springs Campground is just a bit farther up the
road but has no water. and is not as developed.
Gulch Campground is the group site among the three
campgrounds nestled together in the Horsethief Basin. Turney
has potable water and requires reservations at least three
days in advance by calling the Bradshaw District at 928-443-8000.
there is also a ramada/pavillion and a restroom which is
Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service:
best route from Prescott is by way of Mayer, particularly in winter.
Take Main St. through the town of Mayer continuing east to the
junction with the Antelope Creek Road. Continue southeast on this
road for approximately 9 miles to Cordes. At the road junction
in Cordes take Forest Road 259 to Crown King. At Crown King take
FR 259A south for 0.5 miles to the junction with FR 52. Take FR
52 southeast for approximately 6 miles to the campground just
northeast of Horsethief Lake.
approaching from Interstate I-17, take the Bumble Bee exit
and continue north on this dirt road, taking FR 259 to Crown
King. Then take FR 259A south from Crown King to here it
joins FR 52. Take FR 52 southeast for about 6 miles to the
Horsethief Basin recreation area and the Hazlett Hollow