Campers looking for some peace and quiet will find this relaxing campground offers cool summertime temperatures and easy access from scenic Hwy 89A in central Arizona. The campground is located at 7,200 ft. in elevation between Mingus Mountain and Woodchute Wilderness in a beautiful ponderosa pine forest.
Wildlife viewing, hiking, scenic driving and off-highway scenic driving are popular in the area. The wanderer in you will appreciate your close proximity to Yeager Canyon Trail #28 and Woodchute Trail #102, a rewarding hike into the 5,923 acre Woodchute Wilderness and view from the top of Woodchute Mountain. Access to a segment of The Great Western Trail is located adjacent to the campground. Mingus Lake is just across the highway and stocked for fishing. The Verde River in the valley below offers rafting, kayaking and bird watching. There is a popular hang glider/paraglider launch site within five miles of this campground.
Each site at POTATO PATCH CAMPGROUND features a picnic table, paved parking, a level tent pad (non-electric sites only), and an elevated fire ring with grill. Accessible sites have an additional pedestal grill.
Loop B: All twelve sites have electrical hookups (30 amp). Tents are not permitted. SEE SITE MAP UNDER PHOTOS.
Three composting toilets, garbage service, and potable water (not for filling RV tanks) are available to all campers.
This mountain top campground offers a cool respite from hot Arizona summers -- a classic forest setting for a memorable camping adventure. Connect with your inner naturalist and observe the wildlife and wildflowers found in abundance around the campground. Interesting geology can be found in any direction with many significant rock formations, canyons and mountains within easy driving distance from Potato Patch.
The historic and eclectic mining town of Jerome is just down the road, with unique shopping and dining opportunities and Jerome State Historic Park. Tuzigoot National Monument, an ancient pueblo, and the lively historic towns of Clarkdale and Cottonwood with museums and basic services are just over 9 miles away. Hayfield Draw OHV Area is located on Highway 260 between Cottonwood and Camp Verde for a unique OHV recreational experience. The towns of Prescott Valley and Prescott are 20 miles away and provide a wide array of services, shopping and dining.
ADA Access: N
Campground is extremely clean, bathrooms were very nice. Family was able to escape the heat of Phoenix without traveling very far. It was nice to take a little trip into Jerome and see such a unique town built right into the mountain.
At the right time of the year this is a great spot. Week days are better than weekends. It's a clean area but occasionally you will find remains from the "bad camper." If you find the right spot it can be very peaceful and quiet.
It's unusual to find electric hookups at USFS campgrounds in Arizona. The spaces are close together where there is power. During the week, the campers were retired people, mostly from Prescott. In June, the weather got hot by 11 AM, so being able to run the AC was needed, even at almost 8000 elevation. On the weekend, several families came and the adults stayed inside their RVs and let their kids be extremely loud until 9 pm. Next time, I would stay in the lower loop where spots are much bigger and take a generator. There isn't much to do, so camping with some friends would be better. The road up to Potato Patch has many 6% grades and tight mountain curves.
Two loops, A and B. Stayed in loop B, with electricity. Asphalt level pull-throughs, pump water by composting bathrooms. Sites close, but all had trees to shield table. Fire restrictions currently. Several hiking trails reasonably close, small fishing lake 2 mi. distance, ghost city of Jerome on one side of mountain, Prescott on other. Located at 7K elevation, on winding road.
The road goes for miles. You pass a few cattle crossings. Close gate after driving through. Some area big enough for large groups of about 5-7 cars!
Cattle running during day and coyotes at night. Beautiful.
Only 20 min down the hwy to Jerome