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Burro Creek Campground Trails, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,966 feet
Elevation Gain -200 feet
Accumulated Gain 500 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 5
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Perennial Creek
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Overview: The Burro Creek Recreation Site is situated along Burro Creek within a very scenic Sonoran desert Canyon at an elevation of 1,960 feet. This peaceful area has long been a favorite stop of travelers on nearby Highway 93. Visitors here are invariably fascinated with the contrast between the deep blue pools and tree-lined banks of Burro Creek, and the saguaro-studded hills and cliffs of its desert setting.


Location and Access
The Burro Creek Recreation Site is located 60 miles northwest of Wickenburg on Highway 93. From Kingman, travel east 17 miles on Interstate 40, then south 53 miles on Highway 93. The recreation site turnoff is one mile south of Burro Creek Bridge. From the signed turnoff, continue 1.5 miles to the recreation site via the paved access road.

Facilities
Level sites available that can accommodate large recreational vehicles and suitable sites for tent campers.
One Handicap-Accessible camp site is available with nearby accessible restroom.
Most camping & picnicking sites are equipped with a metal fire grill, trash can, picnic table, large sun-shelter ramada, & a level parking site.
Interpretive desert garden
Information and Map exhibit
Drinking Water
Restrooms with flush toilets and sinks
Trailer/RV dump station
Group camping area for tents and/or recreational vehicles
Open campfires usually permitted within fire grills
Activities
Picnicking and Camping
Trailhead for Back Country Trips - A large area of scenic wildlands are located upstream from the recreation site.
Overnight backpackers and day hikers can park their vehicles here without charge.
Photography - There are excellent spring wildflower displays in this area from March through May.
Desert Garden - The recreation site has a small area set-aside containing a large variety of native cacti. Each variety is identified in a separate brochure (available on site).
Provides opportunity for visitors to become familiar with native plant life.

Reservations Reservations are accepted starting the first Monday in August at 7:30 am (MST) for use of the group site. All individual sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For further information concerning site availability, weather conditions, recreation site regulations, or available activities, contact BLM Kingman Field Office (928) 718-3700.

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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Burro Creek Campground Trails
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    Camped here with some friends on the way to Black Canyon. It was a fulfilling experience to connect with the lower part of Burro Creek after exploring near the headwaters in Upper Burro Creek Canyon last month.
    My sunrise hike was originally planned to head west down the creek, following the Eagle and Joe's route from a few years ago. But the barb wire fences stopped me and it was too early and I was too tired to mess with going underneath, over, etc. So I picked the path of least resistance and stumbled around the east side of the campground and took some photos.

    The USGS gauge for Burro Creek at the US93 Bridge was fluctuating between 0.0 and 0.3, with most measurements over the past 72 hours reading zero. I know there is SOME perennial water here, but I was nervous. I was relieved to arrive and see some decent flow in the creek. I'm not sure what's up with that gauge, but I know USGS will verify the data in 30 day intervals, so it's possible the dataset will be corrected.
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    Did a short Hike while I was camped at the Campground. Started at what looks to be a TH at the Campground, and followed the Creek upstream for about a 1/4 mile, then turned west and crossed the Creek. It appears in most of this area, that they have built Riffle Pools, either for Waterfowl or Fish or both. There are small earthen dams all along the stretch that back up the Water, forming large "ponds" along the Creek. I have been seeing alot of Herons and Raptors so they must like the area.

    Scrambled along the sandstone edge along the other side for a bit, and then headed up into the small Box Canyon across from the Campground. Steep in areas with some scree, but not terrible. Looked like there was a significant Waterfall coming down the Box, probably just a few days before, when we had all of the Rain. Watched a Great Blue Heron for awhile, perched along the Sandstone Cliffs, and then I climbed up to the top of the Bluff overlooking the Creek and Campground. Ended up making this little trek a Loop, as the road that takes you past the Campground ultimately runs by there, before looping back around to Highway 93.

    Enjoyed the views from the top and wanted to go further West to check out a cool looking Canyon, but was stopped by a fence with Private Property/No Trespassing posted all over it. I hiked down the road and passed a few areas that look like they're used for dispersed Camping. Kind of cool spots, as they have a Bird's Eye View of the Creek from up there. Walked down the road further and found the "source" of the Private Property. Large spread with a possible residence and lots of junk cars and equipment. I think the "Owner" was driving around on an ATV "patrolling" too... ;)

    Stayed on the road almost to the small Bridge over the Creek, and then turned and went back down to the Creek, after the fence ended. Crossed the Creek again and ran into a couple of scrawny looking Calves in the Creek. Followed the Creek back up, under the small Bridge and back into the Campground...

    Just a little "exploratory" jaunt. If I am up that way again, I'll want to just stay in the Creekbed and either go upstream, or down, and check out some of the Canyons this Creek runs into. They look pretty cool... :)
    Burro Creek Campground Trails
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    From my first trip to Joshua Trees National Park in California, I recall the Park Ranger informing some visitors that they won't find the U2 Joshua tree in JOTR because the photo was actually shot in Arizona.

    I had that filed away as a future trek to find the Joshua tree in AZ. A little research proved the Ranger correct that the photo shoot wasn't in JOTR, but was incorrect in crediting Arizona as the location.

    Still curious as to why the Joshua Forest area is a "black hole" on HAZ, I wanted to explore. I think a future trek into the Arrastra Mountain Wilderness may be on the "to do" list... :D
    Burro Creek Campground Trails
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    Part of our Oregon Trail Tale 2010 => http://hikearizona.com/TL.php?ID=56595


    Roadside stop along the Joshua Tree Parkway (aka HWY 93) on our way to Oregon to visit Hannah for Thanksgiving...

    Permit $$
    Special Use

    Special
    Camping $14.00/site/night
    *Group camping $50.00/site/night
    Group reservation/admin fee $ 5.00/reservation
    Dump station fee $10.00/use (BC campers exempted)
    Desert Garden brochure $ 0.25/brochure

    * The Group Campsite Area at Burro Creek Recreation Site will not be honoring Golden Passports because a flat "Group Use Rate" is established in this "specialized recreation facility."


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    The Burro Creek Recreation Site is located 60 miles northwest of Wickenburg on Highway 93. From Kingman, travel east 17 miles on Interstate 40, then south 53 miles on Highway 93. The recreation site turnoff is one mile south of Burro Creek Bridge. From the signed turnoff, continue 1.5 miles to the recreation site via the paved access road.
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