Arizona: Houston Mesa Horse Camp|
Posted on Sunday, May 01 @ 17:06:31 MST by jhallamek
Location: approx. 2 miles North of Hwy 260 Intersection in Payson, AZ on 199 Houston Mesa Road
This camp is listed as one of Arizona's premier horse camps.
Shoofly loop (4.0 miles) begins 1.34 miles to the east of the horse
camp and passes near the Shoofly Indian ruins. On the south side of the
Shoofly loop is a 1 mile connector trail to the Houston loop (3.77
The trails are not clearly marked and I have seen several people confused as to how to get back to the camp.
Recreation site consists of two sections, RV and tent on the west side
of FS199 and horse camping to the east. (both with spurs and
The horse side toilets are pit type and well maintained. Water is strategically placed throughout the camp.
is a shower in the RV section. The trails are easy but it does get a
little warm from spring to fall so be sure to bring drinking water.
State: Arizona County: Gila Elevation: 5000’ MSL Season: May – October Camp Host: Sites: 25 both pull-through and spurs (horse camp) 102 total Drinking water: Yes Fee: see website for fees
Reservations: National Recreation Reservation 1-877-444-6777
Black Bear Loop 1,2,3,4,6,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26 Elk Loop 2,3,5,6,7,9,13,14,18,20,21,22,23,24 Mule Deer Loop (Horse Camp) 7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,26,27,28,29,30 Group sites Fox #1 and #2 reserve through campground manager 520-474-0160
Other References: USDA Forest Service (Tonto National Forest, AZ)