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Camp Beales Spring

Beale Springs was used by the Hualapai nation for centuries before Lt. Edward Beale traveled through the area in the 1850s. He established a wagon road along the 35th parallel. In 1865, Beale Springs became a stop on a toll road from Prescott to Hardyville - now, modern day Bullhead City.

During the Hualapai War of 1866-1870, the site served as a temporary Army outpost. Following the war, the “official” Camp Beale Springs was established in 1871 by Company F, 12th U. S. Infantry out of Fort Whipple in Prescott. Initially, the camp provided continued protection along the Fort Mojave and Prescott Toll Road and acted as an internment camp for Hualapai Indians.

The camp remained active until April 21, 1874, when the Hualapai people were forced out of the internment camp located at Camp Beale Springs. From there, they were forced at gunpoint to march the La Paz Trail of Tears. Thousands of Hualapai people were brutally abused and died. On April 21, 2006, this historical marker was placed in their honor. As we enjoy the many beautiful hiking trails of the Mojave Desert, it is important to remember the significant history of this area.

After 1874, the Spring again became a campsite/way station on the toll road. The site remained active well into the twentieth century.

Activities in and around the Spring have included ranching/farming, a way station hotel, ore milling, mining and a water works.

The Beale Springs site became a water source for the rapidly developing City of Kingman. A water reservoir was built there and is still partially standing today. In addition to serving its intended purpose, the reservoir sometimes doubled as a swimming pool.

After the Beale Springs site was no longer inhabited, local people held picnics there and enjoyed the water and shade provided by fruit trees that had been planted many years before. Today, you can still enjoy a picnic here in the quiet atmosphere or go hiking.
928.757.7919 (Kingman Parks and Recreation Dept.)
928.753.6106 (Kingman powerhouse Visitor Center)

Access daily, dawn to dusk.


Free to Public

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