Above: The Verde River below
Horseshoe Reservoir flows past Horseshoe Campground.
Horseshoe Reservoir Campground is just south
of Horseshoe Reservoir 23 miles north east of the town
of Carefree. The campground is well shaded by mesquite
trees. The main attractions are fishing and boating. The
reservoir is a major source of water for valley residents.
The fluctuation of water can be so much that SRP often
runs the reservoir empty during the summer months. When
there is enough water, the Ocotillo Boating area provides
a boat launch for smaller boats.
Horseshoe is a first come first served campground. There are no fee's to camp or day use at this campground.
site is 23 miles northeast of Carefree. From Carefree, take
Cave Creek Road for 7 miles to Forest Road (FR) 205. Turn
right on FR 205 and travel for 6 miles to the junction of
FR 205 and FR 19. At this junction, FR 205 turns left and
becomes a maintained unpaved road. Follow FR 205 for 10
miles towards Horseshoe Reservoir. At the junction of FR
205 and FR 205A, turn right and travel an additional ½
mile to the site.