Hilltop Campground is a developed campground set against the backdrop of the Bradshaw Mountains and Lynx Lake in Arizona. Hilltop is a medium-sized campground is just a short distance away from downtown Prescott and is shaded by towering ponderosa pines. Fishing and mountain biking are popular activities at Lynx Lake.

The campground has 38 campsites, and each campsite has a fire ring, picnic table, and access to vault toilets. Drinking water is available at the campground. Supplies and services are located 8 miles away in Prescott. The campground is open from April 1st to October 31st.

Similar to Lynx Lake Campground, it can be tough to get a campsite at Hilltop Campground, as it is located within the busiest recreation area in Central Arizona.  On average the Lynx Lake Recreation Area will see around 90,000 visitors a year.

Hilltop Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 38 Campsites
Cost: $18/night
$36/night for a double campsite
Use Level: Heavy
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes – Vault Toilets available
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: Not Directly – Lynx Lake is a short drive or hike away
RV/Trailer Length: 22-40 feet, depending on campsite
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: Possible
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground Open April 1st to October 31st
Other:  Lynx Lake Recreation Area Brochure

Getting There

Geo Coordinates:
34.51099112, -112.3804884
Nearest City/Town: Prescott, Arizona
Elevation: 5800 Feet
Location: Yavapai County, Arizona
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: 8 Miles
From the Courthouse Plaza in Prescott, Arizona, head east on Gurley Street. Then head east on State Route 69. Drive 4 miles to the turnoff to Walker Road (Forest Road 197). Follow Walker Road for about 3 miles to the Hilltop Campground sign. Drive for about half a mile until you reach the main campground.


Phone: 928-443-8000
Web: Prescott National Forest
Reservations: Not Accepted – First Come, First Served

When To Go

Fall & Late Spring – Summertime can get into the higher temperatures, but Fall and Late Spring the weather is amazing (like much of southern Arizona).

Friday 11/24 0%
High 75° / Low 43°
Sunny skies. High around 75F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday 11/25 0%
High 76° / Low 43°
Sunny. High 76F. Winds light and variable.
Sunday 11/26 0%
High 77° / Low 46°
Sunny skies. Near record high temperatures. High 77F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Monday 11/27 0%
High 68° / Low 30°
Partly Cloudy
Sunshine and a few clouds with gusty winds developing during the afternoon. High 68F. Winds SSW at 20 to 30 mph.
Tuesday 11/28 0%
High 59° / Low 34°
A mainly sunny sky. High 59F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday 11/29 0%
High 62° / Low 35°
Partly Cloudy
Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 62F. Winds light and variable.

Be Sure to Bring

What To Do

Hiking & Mountain Biking – There are miles of trails in the area that are great for day hikes and mountain bike rides.

Gold Panning – Within the Day Use area there is a designated area for trying your luck at gold panning.

Boating & Fishing – Lynx Lake offers a great lazy day on the water for paddling and fishing. Only electric trolling motors are allowed.

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