Bureau of Land Management, Kingman
By Kelly Vaughn Kramer
Tucked within the Hualapai Mountains, Wild Cow Springs Campground is a small, scenic wonder. At roughly 6,200 feet in elevation, the campground is cool and green, shaded by ponderosa pines and oaks.
Although the campground overlooks the dusty desert floor, you won’t mind. You’ll be too impressed by the location of the campground — within a short drive of Kingman — as well as by the hiking, biking and relaxing that the campground inspires. Even the drive to Wild Cow Springs is something special. The road winds along old mining claims and into the forest, and when the sky blazes bright blue, it’s as if you’re venturing into a hidden gem of a destination.
Amenities are minimal, but you will find a restroom, trash receptacles, picnic tables and fire rings. Just down the road is Hualapai Mountain Park, with its 10 miles of hiking trails, ranger-led programs and visitors center.
Photo: Wild Cow Springs Campground, in the Hualapai Mountains, is populated by pines and Gambel oaks. | Robert McDonald
Elevation: 6,200 feet
Directions: From Kingman, travel east on Interstate 40 for 6 miles to Exit 59. From there, travel south on DW Ranch Road for 4.5 miles to Hualapai Mountain Road and turn left. Continue on Hualapai Mountain Road for 14 miles to Pine Lake Fire Station, and turn right on the unmarked, one-lane road. Follow the road for about 5 miles to Wild Cow Springs Recreation Area. A high-clearance vehicle is recommended.
Information: Kingman Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, 928-718-3700 or www.blm.gov
Season: May through October
Fee: $5 per night
Amenities: Toilets, Pets