! Picnic Area
MINGUS MOUNTAIN RECREATION AREA
Hang Gliding Area
PNF GIS March 2007
= 40 ft contour
Travel on Forest Road (FR) 104 to FR 104A
(right fork in Mingus Campground), then .5
mile to the trailhead near the radio facilities.
This trail provides good views of the Verde Valley
and red rock country above Sedona. Use caution on
the steep portion of this trail as it may be eroded!
Travel on Forest Road (FR) 104 to FR 104B
(the lookout road). Follow FR 104B to .1
mile below the lookout; the trailhead is on
Provides an easy day hike from the campground to
points overlooking Gaddes Canyon.
Can be used with other trails to make a loop.
Travel on Forest Road (FR) 104 to FR 413.
Then go southwest on FR 413 for 2.2 miles
to the junction with FR 132. From there,
take FR 132 to FR 105 and travel on FR
105 for .4 mile past the Trail 111 trailhead to
the trailhead for Trail 533.
Travel on Forest Road (FR) 104 to Mingus
Campground. Go left at the fork and the
trailhead is near the hang glider site.
Can be used with other trails to make a loop. This
trail provides good views of Jerome, Cottonwood,
and the Verde Valley.
Take Forest Road 104 to Mingus
Campground. The trailhead is within the
No motorized or mechanized vehicles, including
bicycles are allowed. Provides good views of
Cottonwood and the Verde Valley.
Travel Forest Road (FR) 104 for 1.3 miles to
FR 413. Go southwest on FR 413 for .8 mile
to Trail 28, then .1 mile to the trailhead.
Mainly used as a connection between Trails 28 and
533. This trail stays mostly in the ponderosa pine
Travel on Forest Road (FR) 104 for 1.3
miles to FR 413. Go west on FR 413 for .8
mile to the trailhead near the fenced wildlife
This trail is on the west slope of Mingus Mountain
with views of Lonesome Valley and the Prescott
Travel on Forest Road 106 for .3 mile to the
trailhead. Park in the lot and follow the road
about 1/2 mile to the trail.
This trail accesses Woodchute Wilderness. No
motorized or mechanized vehicles, including
bicycles, are allowed within wilderness. Chutes for
logs once ran down the north side of the mountain.
*The Woodchute Trail (Trail 102) is within Woodchute Wilderness. Mechanized and motorized equipment are not allowed in wilderness areas. Enjoy this area by horseback or on foot only—no bicycles
As shown on the map, additional trail opportunities are in the area, but not described in the “Trails” table above. Please contact the Ranger District at (928) 567-4121 for more information about these trails.
is considered one of
the best hang glider and
paraglider sites in the American
West. The site is very popular
for hang gliders and paragliders,
and people who like to watch the
Forest Road 104 is dirt surfaced and is closed
seasonally. During wet weather, this road can
be very muddy.
Use care when visiting the scenic
viewpoints—there are steep dropoffs. Watch
small children in these areas at all times.
Day-use hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Dogs must be leashed at all times
and are not allowed in Mingus Lake.
Cleaning or washing fish, animals, or food
in drinking fountains or bathroom sinks is
Mingus Lake is surrounded by private land so
camping is prohibited.
Trash receptables are available.
Dumping of any refuse brought in
from private property is prohibited.
A one-half mile interpretive trail is
in Mingus Campground.
There are no RV sanitary dump stations.
Two vehicles are allowed per campsite. A $5
user fee is required for the second vehicle.
The stay limit in campgrounds is 14 days in a
Camping equipment may not be left
unattended for more than 24 hours.
At least one person must occupy a campsite
during the first night after camping equipment
is set up.
Potato Patch and Mingus Campgrounds are
first-come, first-served. The Playground Group
Campground may be reserved by calling 1-877-4446777.
Campground and Day-Use Area Notes
* Two sites are accessible.
Mingus Picnic Area
Summit Picnic Area*
Day-Use Area and Trailhead
***Potato Patch Campground has one multifamily site in Loop A for $28 per night.
** Playground Group Campground offers a group charcoal grill and picnicking area. There are 4 fire pits and 13 tables scattered
throughout the area. Fees are based on group size: 1-25 people = $75 per night; 26-50 people = $100 per night; 51-75 people =
$125 per night; and 76-100 people = $150 per night. Maximum group size is 100 people. For reservations, call 1-877-444-6777.
*Mingus Campground has a maximum RV length of 22 feet.
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Welcome . . .
to the Mingus Mountain Area
United States Department of Agriculture
Mingus Mountain Area
Located high above the historic mining town of
Jerome, nestled in the ponderosa pines, the Mingus
Mountain area offers relatively cool summertime
temperatures and scenic views of the Verde
Valley, Sedona red rocks, Mogollon Rim and San
Francisco Peaks. Elevations range from 7,000 feet
at Potato Patch Campground to 7,500 feet at Mingus
Verde Ranger District
Prescott National Forest
Your recreation fees
produced this brochure.
Thank you very much for
Fees at the Mingus Mountain area are collected
under the Recreation Enhancement Act. Camping and
user fees are used to improve facilities and services
in this area.
A $5 day-use fee is charged at developed
day-use sites. Payment at one site allows use of all
Prescott National Forest day-use sites for that day.
All day-use sites are free on Wednesdays.
Day-use passes are valid for 4 or 12 months
and are honored at all Prescott National Forest dayuse sites. They are available for sale at all Prescott
National Forest ranger stations. No fees are charged
for visitors arriving on foot or bicycle.
Mingus Lake is a small lake enjoyed by many
visitors to the Mingus Mountain area. The Arizona
State Game and Fish Department periodically stocks
Mingus Lake with rainbow trout. A State of Arizona
fishing license and trout stamp are required for
anglers age 14 and over.
Remember: Boats are not allowed on Mingus
For More Information, Contact . . .
Prescott National Forest
Verde Ranger District
P.O. Box 670
Camp Verde, AZ 86322
Phone: (928) 567-4121
Or visit . . .
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