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Old 08-03-2009, 11:18 PM   #1
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Mingus Mountain AZ

We just returned home from 4 beautiful days high atop Mingus Mountain. This seems to be a very well kept secret in AZ. It may be the electric only and the 3 miles of rough gravel forest road, but well worth the trip especially at $10 per night at the USFS campground. Here is a little information on the area and some photos of our campsite.

Mingus Mountain is a mountain located in the U.S. state of Arizona in the Black Hills mountain range. It is located within the Prescott National Forest near State Route 89A approximately midway between Cottonwood and Prescott. The summit can be reached via Forest Service roads that branch off from Highway 89A. From the mountain, there are views of the Verde Valley and the towns of Cottonwood, Jerome, and Clarkdale. The Woodchute Wilderness, north of the summit of 89A, also offers views and hiking trails. There are several National Forest campgrounds in the area and it is the transmitter location for Prescott full-service television station KAZT-TV and several low-power television stations serving Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Camp Verde and Prescott Valley.
According to the book, Roadside History of Arizona, by Marshall Trimble, "Mingus Mountain was named for Joseph and Jacob Mingus, two brothers who settled in the area in the 1880s and later operated a sawmill near the base of the mountain". Another source [2] attributes the name to William Mingus (d. 1911, Prescott, Arizona), a pioneer prospector who lived and worked on Mingus Mountain in the 1870s.
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Old 08-03-2009, 11:27 PM   #2
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Mingus Photos

Here are some more photos.
#1 Hang Glider Launch Area
#2 View from our campsite
#3 Our Campsite
#4 My nephew checking out the view with the telescope
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I've been interested in that campground for a while. Thanks for the post. It's "just up the hill" from Jerome right? It looks awesome.
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Late Afternoon on the Mingus Mountains

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Thanks for the post on Mingus Louis...it looks terrific...glad you had a good time!
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Mingus Mountain Camping Link?

Thanks for the post and the photos. We're traveling through in early October and will add MM to our camping agenda.

Do you have any links to the USFS camping site/etc.?
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Thanks for the post and the photos. We're traveling through in early October and will add MM to our camping agenda.

Do you have any links to the USFS camping site/etc.?
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Here is the link we used: Prescott National Forest - Recreational Activities
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I've been interested in that campground for a while. Thanks for the post. It's "just up the hill" from Jerome right? It looks awesome.
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Ken, it is between Jerome and Prescott on HWY 89A. the entrance to the park is at the summit which is roughly 6 miles outside of Jerome. Hwy 89A is very winding through this area and quite scenic. I scoped out the group area which may be reserved for a future rally. I think we could get possibly 20 rigs into the group area.
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You certainly have a nice view at sunset. Had I thought ahead I would have notified you that we were coming through, I had forgotten that you were in Dewey.
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That certainly looks like a great place for a 4CU rally. How was the temps? I'll bet they were a bunch cooler than down here in the valley. Thanks for posting.

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That certainly looks like a great place for a 4CU rally. How was the temps? I'll bet they were a bunch cooler than down here in the valley. Thanks for posting.

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The temps were in the 70s during the day and into the 50s and 60s at night. Being on top of the mountain there is a steady breeze, sometimes quite brisk, and we had to be mindful of our campfire. We had one pretty cool thundershower move through, very similar to the ones last year in Williams.
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Thanks for posting. Mingus Mountain is so gorgeous and the electric hookup is a bonus. Great views. We did scope the area out once with the tow vehicle but were hesitant to take the AS up that narrow road. We had concerns of another unforeseen RV coming the opposite way and someone would have to back up all the way to a pull-out. It didn't stop the other campers, though. There were plenty of RVs up there when we checked it out.
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Haven't been up there for a few years.Still beautiful. sure is a nice change from the valley.
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I would drive up (if towing) from the Prescott side. The Jerome/Cottonwood side is definitely too twisty.
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