The Childs Dispersed Camping Area is located at the base of a shuttered hydro electric power plant along the Verde River in Arizona. Just upstream is the remnant foundations of old pools from a long closed hot springs resort. Since the power plant has closed, the river has restored itself to its natural glory. The upside to this is that all of the flat areas around the power plant are now flat and suitable for tent camping. Fires are often prohibited here depending on what stage fire restrictions are in effect.

Childs Dispersed Camping Area Features

Campground Type: Dispersed
Number of Campsites:
Cost: No Fee
Use Level: Low – Medium
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: None
Drinking Water: None
Toilets: Vault Toilet
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: None
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: None
RV/Trailer Length: Not Defined
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: None
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground Open all year.

Getting There

Geo Coordinates:

34.348225, -111.697783

Nearest City/Town: Camp Verde, Arizona
Elevation: 2626 Feet
Location: Yavapai County, Arizona
Paved Road Access: None
Proximity to Stores: 30 Miles
From Camp Verde:

From the White Bridge in Camp Verde, go east on SR 260 6.8 miles to FR708 (Fossil Creek Road); turn right and drive for 15 miles to the junction of FR708 and FR502. Head south on FR502 for 6 miles. The road here is pretty awful, but the Childs Power Plant and the Verde River will greet you at the end.



Phone:  (928) 527-3600
Web:  Coconino National Forest
Reservations: First-come, first-served

When To Go

Spring through Fall – This is a great spot during warmer weather. The winter can get a bit chilly.

Partly Cloudy
Thursday 03/22 10%
High 81° / Low 56°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy early then becoming cloudy and windy this afternoon. High 81F. SSW winds at 5 to 10 mph, increasing to 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Friday 03/23 20%
High 77° / Low 50°
Partly Cloudy
Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High 77F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Saturday 03/24 0%
High 73° / Low 42°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies. High 73F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph.
Sunday 03/25 0%
High 68° / Low 42°
Mainly sunny. High 68F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Monday 03/26 0%
High 61° / Low 40°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies. High 61F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Tuesday 03/27 0%
High 60° / Low 41°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies. High near 60F. Winds light and variable.

Be Sure to Bring

What To Do

Visit the old tubs from the defunct hot springs up the road. The tubs are still overflowing with natural spring water and provide a relaxing day hike.


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