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Horse Thief Canyon Campground
Horse Thief Canyon Campground


Horse Thief Canyon Campground is a primitive, backcountry campground off Highway 93 in Lake Mead National Recreation Area south of the dam in Arizona. There are no amenities other than a flat, sandy place to park and pitch tents and a few campfire rings, but it is quiet and far from the incessant drone of RV generators. The campground is small, probably too small for more than one party, or perhaps two small, quiet groups.

Link to map.

Horse Thief Canyon Campground

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, ... this area is pretty safe; so far as I know, without cliffs (at ground level; there are cliffs above camp), mine shafts, or too many cactus. Access to this campground should only be done in a 4WD vehicle because of deep and loose sand in the camp area (Horse Thief Canyon Road is suitable for a 2WD-HC vehicle.

While out and about, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. If campers wander too far, nobody will find them, so be sure to bring the 10 Essentials. Cell phones don't work.

Horse Thief Canyon Campground

Getting to the Campground

This primitive campground is located in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, about 1 hour southeast of Las Vegas.

From town, drive out to Hoover Dam, then continue south on Hwy 93 for 4 miles to White Rock Canyon Trailhead. Drive up Horse Thief Canyon Road for about 4 miles to the campground.

For details of the road and GPS waypoints, see the Horse Thief Canyon Road page.

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