ON THE ROAD AGAIN...
The road up the mountain to Crown King can be driven with a car or truck but we feel the best way up is in a quad or razor………….FUN, FUN, FUN! In early March, 26 of us headed north from our home in Black Canyon City. Some were in quads, some in razors and thank God some in trucks, aka the Chuck Wagons (carrying the necessary food and beverages for the trip).
Our first stop was Antelope Falls that is connected to a creek in Old Cordes close to Bumble Bee. There is a 75 foot waterfall and below it is a large natural swimming pool. Close to the falls are remnants of a small stone home and also a way cool outcropping full of Petroglyphs. This is a great place to stop for a break and light lunch.
Next stop is the world famous Cleator Bar and Yacht Club. Cleator was established in 1864 as a placer gold mining site. The AZ Cleator family has been connected to this venue and community since 1925.The Bar and Yacht Club is a must stop on the way up to Crown King. Great place for a cold beer, a game of horse shoes and the best people watching!
Once in Crown King it was off to get settled in the “Bunk House”, a expansive cabin that sleeps 12 comfortably. Contact Taryn at crownking.com to make reservations for this cabin and many others. You will not be disappointed in her customer service and attention to your needs. Once here we unloaded the Chuck Wagons and had a great afternoon of relaxation and socializing. The Bunkhouse has a full kitchen to accommodate all your cooking needs.
After spending the night in Crown King and before heading down the mountain we rode the ATV’s to Horse Thief Basin, which is a little lake approximately 10 feet deep, in the Prescott National Forest about 7.5 miles from Crown King. GREAT ride and nice dam and area to walk around with ducks.
All in all, if you are looking for a great overnight trip to see some of Northern Arizona’s gems and enjoy the great outdoors (waterfalls, petroglyphs, mountains, ghost towns, and “interesting” people……….head up north to Crown King and enjoy the sites up and back down this area of the Bradshaw Mountains.
Until Next Trip...