Bradshaw Mountains

Location: South of Prescott, west of Interstate 17.

Difficulty: Easy.

Description: This drive passes through historic mining country dating back over 140 years. Drivers enjoy a beautiful mountain drive and many important historic stops along the way, including Bumble Bee, Cleator and Crown King. Crown King Road is a wide gravel road suitable for passenger cars when dry. The road climbs rapidly as it nears the town of Crown King. A high-clearance vehicle is recommended for Senator Highway beyond Crown King where the road is rough and narrow.

Time & Distance: This is a full-day adventure especially if driven from Phoenix or Flagstaff. The dirt road portion of the trip is over 70 miles. You’ll want to stop frequently, so start early and allow plenty of time.

Trail Conditions: Prescott N.F., Bradshaw Ranger Districts. Call (928) 443-8000. In winter, call Crown King General Store @ (928) 632-7911.


Thursday 02/26/2015 0%
Clear. Lows overnight in the upper 30s.
Partly Cloudy
Friday 02/27/2015 0%
Partly Cloudy
Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High 64F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph.
Chance of Rain
Saturday 02/28/2015 60%
Chance of Rain
Showers early becoming a steady light rain later in the day. High 53F. Winds SSW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Sunday 03/01/2015 100%
Rain. High 49F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall may reach one inch.
Monday 03/02/2015 90%
Periods of rain. High around 50F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around a half an inch.


Directions to the Trail: Get off I-17 at exit 248 and head northwest to Bumble Bee. If you are coming from the north, you might elect to get off at exit 259. Head west, then south to connect to Crown King Road north of Bumble Bee. Those coming from Prescott would likely head south on the Senator Highway and drive the trail in the reverse direction.


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