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
|Number of Campsites:|
|Use Level:||Low – Medium|
|RV/Trailer Length:||Not Defined|
|Cell Phone Service:||None|
|Operating Season:||Campground Open all year.|
|Nearest City/Town:||Camp Verde, Arizona|
|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.
|Web:||Coconino National Forest|
When To Go
Spring through Fall – This is a great spot during warmer weather. The winter can get a bit chilly.
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.