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. To make reservations click on the availability button to the right to book this site or call 1 (877) 444-6777. For general campground questions contact the Verde Ranger District at 1 (928) 567-4121.
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.
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 steep, winding mountain 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.
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We stayed here over Labor Day weekend and wasn’t over crowded or loud in any way. We stayed in B3 which has electricity hookups. Water and bathroom was close by. Campground was well kept and very clean throughout. The lower loop had better shade and spots were still more spread out. Close to many hiking trails and beautiful Mountain View’s.
This campsite is located just North of Jerome on Mingus Mountain and very few people seem to know about it. The first loop is for RV's only and provides very little shade. The bottom loop has better shade and can accommodate tents and RV's. The best sites are close to the main road for tenting and there will be motorcycle noise anytime of day or night as the road is a very popular drive between Jerome and Prescott.
Aside from that though the site is just lovely and very well maintained. The toilets are composting to no smell and there are motion censor lights for nighttime. No need to worry about bringing a lantern when using the bathroom at 2am.
If you need supplies, it's about 30 plus minutes as the old part of Jerome does not have a store and you have to drive all the way down to the valley floor for water or firewood. Jermone is just close enough for a dinner out if you are tired of camp food.
Lots of great hiking in the area with some amazing view of the entire Prescott and Sedona valleys. Woodchute Trail #102 is one of the best hikes I have done in the state though make sure to drive past the first parking area, I promise there is a second one closer to the start of the actual trail. Otherwise will add on another 2 miles each way.
September 19 - 22, 2019. Site 23. This campground was kept and clean, carrying around 28 sites (A-Loop, no hookups). It is a great place to beat the heat as you are up around 7,000 feet elevation surrounded by Ponderosa Pines. Each site has a fire pit, picnic table and a grill. Nearby is Jerome, an historic mining town that is definitely worth a visit if time permits. Some sites were pretty close together, but ours only had one neighbor, which happened to be our friends so we didn’t notice. At only an hour and 40 minute drive from Phoenix area, it is a very nice alternative to other elevated campsites by the Mogollon Rim.
Very large site, a bit off the highway and not well marked but once there it’s pretty great. Fire rings and picnic tables as well as plenty of shady trees make this campground nice and easy.
Beautiful trees with cooler temps very clean.. Camp sites are a little too compact and close together for the price and for are liking.. The main road goes through the north end of camp so you get to hear the Street bikes, Harley’s and wannabe mountain racers throughout the night flying up and down the mountain!! The best camp sites are reserved but nobody ever showed at a first come first serve camp ground weird.. Made the best of it and had a great time in Jerome and at the Verde River
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.