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.
Tuesday 03/19 0%
High 75° / Low 50°
Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High around 75F. Winds light and variable.
Wednesday 03/20 20%
High 73° / Low 49°
A mix of clouds and sun in the morning followed by cloudy skies during the afternoon. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 73F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph.
Thursday 03/21 50%
High 60° / Low 43°
Chance of Rain
Cloudy with showers. Thunder possible. High around 60F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Friday 03/22 0%
High 65° / Low 44°
Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High around 65F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday 03/23 0%
High 67° / Low 44°
Morning clouds will give way to sunshine for the afternoon. High 67F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.
Sunday 03/24 0%
High 71° / Low 44°
Abundant sunshine. High 71F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
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.