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GROOM CREEK SCHOOLHOUSE, AZ

Photo: GROOM CREEK SCHOOLHOUSE
Status: Open through Wed Dec 31 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Built in 1902, this historic schoolhouse and adjacent picnic area in Arizona's Prescott National Forest may be reserved for day use for groups of up to 60 people. The facility offers a picturesque, quiet setting with indoor and outdoor areas for weddings, reunions, luncheons and group meetings. Upper Wolf Creek Campground is just down the road for groups wishing to camp overnight, and the town of Prescott offers several cultural attractions and conveniences.

The schoolhouse served about 10 to 15 children in the early 1900s. The building was an active school until 1952. It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is used for administrative and training purposes.

Natural Features:

The group area is set in a ponderosa pine ecosystem, an area dominated by pines and mixed with juniper trees, Gambel oaks and native grasses. A multitude of colorful wildflowers bloom in the spring and during the summer monsoon season. Afternoon thunderstorms are possible from late June through mid-September.

The forest is home to a wide variety of wildlife. Visitors may spot deer, mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, rabbits, lizards, snakes and birds.

Recreation:

Groups enjoy gathering in the outdoor picnic area during nice weather or heading indoors into the the two-room schoolhouse if the weather turns. A leisurely walk through the forest on the accessible, paved Groom Creek Nature Trail provides a nice afternoon respite, and visitors can camp nearby if desired. Prescott National Forest has miles of hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails for visitors wishing to explore the area.

Facilities:

The schoolhouse building has two rooms with numerous folding tables and chairs for indoor use. The outdoor picnic area is accessible and equipped with 10 picnic tables, vault toilets, an amphitheater (limited access) and parking for 12 vehicles or two buses.

No drinking water is available at this site; guests must bring their own.

Nearby Attractions:

Restaurants, shopping, historic sites and many amenities are nearby in the historic town of Prescott.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Trails
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Amphitheater
  • Birding
  • Event Area
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Hunting
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trails
  • Trash Collection
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • This is a day use facility; no overnight camping allowed
  • Running water is not available at this site
  • Access to this facility is through a locked gate; use the gate combination provided on your reservation confirmation letter
  • Pets are not permitted in the building
  • Off-highway vehicles only allowed on designated roads and trails
  • Upper Wolf Creek Campground is nearby for visitors wishing to reserve group campsites
  • Any smoking must be done within enclosed vehicles, buildings or developed fee recreation sites where the area is cleared of all flammable material
  • Visitors without reservations may use outdoor accommodations on a first come, first served basis
  • Click here for more information about Prescott National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit don'tmovefirewood.org.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit don'tmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.47083, -112.43528
34°28'15"N, 112°26'7"W

From Phoenix, Arizona, take I-17 north for 61.8 miles. Take exit 262 toward Cordes Junction/Prescott. Merge onto State Route 69 west and follow for 33.8 miles. At the split, take the ramp for Route 89 south. Turn slight left onto East Gurley Street/89 and follow for about 0.8-mile. Turn left at Mt. Vernon Street and continue for 6.1 miles. The turnoff for the schoolhouse and parking is on the left.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

GROOM CREEK SCHOOLHOUSE
64 SENATOR HIGHWAY
PRESCOTT AZ 86301

Phone Number:

Information: (928)443-8000