Powell Springs Campground is a small, free campground along seasonal Hackberry Wash in the hills of Prescott National Forest built by the CCC during the Depression Era. The campground is shaded by tall ponderosa pines and there are many hiking and biking trails nearby. These trails can be used as a jumping off point for exploring the Black Hills area of Mingus Mountain, as well as the Pine Mountain and Ceder Mesa Wilderness areas.

There are only 11 designated campsites at Powell Springs Campground. Each campsite has a fire ring and picnic table. There is a vault toilet onsite as well. No drinking water is available at the campground. The campground is open year-round, but closes after heavy rain or snow storms, as well as when the roads get too icy to pass. If you are planning on camping at Powell Springs, please contact the Verde Ranger Station to verify that it is open.

Powell Springs Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized, Semi-primitive
Number of Campsites: 11 Campsites
Cost: No Fee
Use Level: Low
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: None
Toilets: Yes – Vault Toilet available
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: None – Pack it out
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: None
RV/Trailer Length: 22-40 Feet
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: None
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground Open Year-round

Getting There

Geo Coordinates:
34.57806, -112.06765
Nearest City/Town: Dewey, Arizona
Elevation: 5300 Feet
Location: Yavapai County, Arizona
Paved Road Access: None
Proximity to Stores: 15 Miles
From Prescott:

Take State Route 69 to Dewey, head east on Hwy 169 for about 9.5 miles. Turn left on Cherry Creek Rd, which is a dirt road (access to Cherry Creek Rd. may be restricted during rain and snow). Follow road approximately 4.5 miles to Powell Springs Campground on the left.



Phone: (928) 567-4121
Web: Prescott National Forest
Reservations: Not Accepted – First Come, First Served

When To Go

Summer through Fall – Summertime can get a little warmer, but the weather is still great.

Partly Cloudy
Thursday 03/22 10%
High 73° / Low 46°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy early then becoming cloudy and windy this afternoon. High 73F. Winds SSW at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Friday 03/23 10%
High 69° / Low 43°
Partly Cloudy
Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High 69F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Saturday 03/24 0%
High 65° / Low 38°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies. High around 65F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph.
Sunday 03/25 0%
High 61° / Low 34°
Mainly sunny. High 61F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph.
Mostly Cloudy
Monday 03/26 10%
High 54° / Low 33°
Mostly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies during the morning hours will become overcast in the afternoon. High 54F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.
Mostly Cloudy
Tuesday 03/27 20%
High 53° / Low 33°
Mostly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies during the morning hours will become overcast in the afternoon. High 53F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

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. Powell Springs Campground is situated in the Black Hills of Mingus Mountain and is a great spot for exploring the area.


Image Credits: 

Previous articleCalifornia State Parks License Plate Deadline Looming
Next articleDead Horse Ranch State Park Campground
Justin is an IT Professional, focused on cloud, mobile, and infrastructure management and security with his consulting business, as well as chief bottle washer for this website. In addition to NextCampsite.com, Justin also runs and writes for the technology infrastructure-focused blog OddJobsInTech.com, and the mobile device-focused blog EnterpriseMobileDevice.com.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here