There is a place called Hualapai Mountain Park that is located just outside of Kingman, Ariz. This park is often overlooked in favor of larger and better-known parks and is hidden in the pines with elevations ranging from 4,984 feet to 8,417 feet at Hualapai Peak. The park is named for the native Hualapai Indians (Hualapai is pronounced Wal-a-pie.). Their name comes from the landscape, meaning “Pine Tree Folk” or “People of the Tall Pines.” The park is home to four main vegetation zones. At this Park, as a person moves to higher elevations, chaparral gives way to pine and oak, and at the higher elevations, fir and aspen. The park contains a variety of wildlife, including some unexpected ones such as bear, elk and gray foxes. There are also common mammals such as mule deer, rock squirrels, raccoons and chipmunks. Birds you might see include ladderback, hairy and acorn woodpeckers, red-shafted flickers, western bluebirds and pinion.
Hualapai Mountain Park is made up of 2300 acres. Hualapai Mountain Park is a county park that was first developed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Up until the 1870’s, the Hualapai Indians lived here in the mountains named for them. The Indian tribe was relocated permanently in 1883 and moved to a reservation off to the northwest along the Colorado River. The CCC built 17 rustic cabins in 1937 (constructed out of stone, each with its own fireplace) that are still in good shape and in use each day.
There are 10 miles of trails in the park, all suitable for hikers. Some of the trails are multi-use and good for horses or mountain bikes. The park has a fully detailed map of the trails which is available at the entrance station, showing which trails can be used by which group. The road to the park was also built in 1935 by the CCC and is called Hualapai Mountain Road. Hualapai Mountain Lodge was originally built by the CCC to feed hungry depression era workers but is now a resort with a nice restaurant and 8 beautiful rooms to stay in.
—- Location —-
Located about 120 miles Southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, Hualapai Mountain Park is a 2-hour drive. Get on to the I-515 US-93 US-95 highway and follow US-93/US-95 road South towards Kingman, Arizona. At Kingman take Hualapai Mountain Road to the Park.
—- Park Camping —-
There are 65 tents,11 pull through and 35 hookup sites (with a 30 Amp service). Picnic tables and grills are available at most sites, but water is limited to only a few sites. Mountain views are said to be nice at the campsite. You can also rent teepees at this location. There are also 24 cabins to rent, 19 of which have bathrooms and showers, the rest has a bathroom/shower facility across the street from the cabins. Users will need to provide bedding, towels, cooking utensils and dishes. The cabins sleep from two to twelve persons. There are 3 recreational campgrounds at this Park, 2 of which can accommodate 150 people and the largest one can accommodate up to 500 people.
—- Free Camping —-
Based on https://freecampsites.net/#!kingman, Arizona there are 14 free campsites within 30 miles of Kingman, Arizona.
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—- Hiking & Biking & Horseback Riding —-
The trails at the Park vary in difficulty — some are easy strolls, but the hike up to Hualapai Peak is ambitious. Depending which trailhead you choose to start at, this is a roundtrip of approximately 7.5 miles with an elevation gain of about 1,500 feet. One of the other best trails you can hike is the 4.3-mile Potato Patch Loop, which begins at the main trail junction and forms sort of a wagon wheel around the site with spokes connecting to major roads and trails. The loop winds through thick forests, exposed edges and massive stone outcroppings with expansive views. An optional 1.26-mile round-trip hike up the Aspen Peak Trail leads to Dean Peak Overlook (7,950 feet) where you can relax and enjoy the vistas.
—- Things to Do —-
Kingman, Arizona isn’t very far away from the Park and has several things to do including several Route 66 museums. There is also a railroad museum and the White Cliffs Wagon Trail which transports you back to a trail that used to transport ore from the mines in the mountains down to the railroads below.
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