Hualapai Mountain Park
Hualapai Mountain Campground provides access to several hiking trails, including the Aspen Peak Trail, which features sweeping views of Kingman and the surrounding area.
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By Kelly Vaughn Kramer
Camping comes in many forms at Hualapai Mountain Park. There are 18 cabins here, as well as a teepee. Yes, you can camp in a teepee. And if you have kids, it’s something you should do at least once. Just think of the photo opportunities. But there are also standard campsites here — 80 of them, to be exact — and 11 RV-friendly spots. The Civilian Conservation Corps built the 2,300-acre park in the 1930s. It’s located in a surprisingly gorgeous mountain setting just outside of Kingman, and because of its cool temperatures and adventure-friendly terrain, it’s a great place to hike or bike or just sit around and wait for wildlife. In fact, 10 miles of trails run through the park, one of which, the Aspen Peak Trail, leads to the top of its namesake, where you’ll get amazing views of the surrounding mountains and Kingman in the distance. Back at the teepee, enjoy the semi-rustic camping experience, the shade provided by countless oaks, and the strong, sharp smell of pines.
Elevation: 5,000 feet
Directions: From Kingman, drive east on Interstate 40 for approximately 6 miles to Exit 59. From there, travel south on DW Ranch Road for 4.5 miles to Hualapai Mountain Road and turn left. Continue on Hualapai Mountain Road for 4 miles to the park’s ranger station.
Information: Hualapai Mountain Park, 928-681-5700 or www.mcparks.com
Fees: $15 for dry camping, $25 for RVs, $35 for teepees. Cabin rates vary, from $50 to $125 per night, depending on day and size of cabin.
Reservations: Yes; 928-681-5700
Amenities: Toilets, Water, Pets
CAMPFIRE TALE: “Hualapai” translates to “pine tree folk” in the language of the Indian tribe of the same name.
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