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Childs Camping Area - CLOSED DUE TO FIRE

3 Reviews

About This Campground

National Forest

In 1908 the Arizona Power Company began construction of the Childs Power Plant. For more than 90 years, the water of Fossil Creek had been diverted by a system of pipes and flumes from its natural course to power the turbines of the Childs and Irving hydroelectric plants. During this time, Fossil…

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3 Reviews of Childs Camping Area - CLOSED DUE TO FIRE

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Reviewed Jul. 23, 2018

Peaceful hippy haven during the week...Party central on weekends!

NOT family friendly...unless you don't mind your tiny humans seeing naked people wandering around. Other than that, awesome place to visit!! Dispersed camping right on the Verde River. The drive in from the highway takes about an hour on a dirt road and can be done in a standard clearance vehicle.…

Month of VisitJune
Joshua S.
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2018

Riverside camping with nearby hot springs

Great campground for finishing, swimming, soaking and hiking! Lots of activities within a short distance. The drive is about an hour on a dirt road, but this does not deter visitors. Depending on the season the campground can get full. Fossil Creek is nearby and does not have camping, so many…

Month of VisitApril
Jess G.
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2018


Llittle hippy campground in the middle of the desert! Trails to a hot spring and next to fossil creek water fall. Vault toilet and camping right next to the river. Watch for bulls roaming the campground!

  • Verde hot spring
  • Hard to see, bull in the distance.
Month of VisitApril


Childs Camping Area - CLOSED DUE TO FIRE is located in Arizona


Location:  About 30 miles southeast of Camp Verde or 86 miles south of Flagstaff off paved and graveled roads some of which are always steep and rough and usually muddy after rains. GPS (Map): 34°20'52.9"N 111°41'50.5"W Access: From the White Bridge in Camp Verde, go east on Hwy 260 6.8 miles to FR 708 (Fossil Creek Road); turn right and go 15 miles to the junction of FR 708 and FR 502. Go south on FR 502 for 6 miles of VERY BAD Road to the Childs Power Plant and the Verde River.


34.34801182 N
111.69738167 W

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