Horseshoe Lake Recreation Area Maps
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Map # 1: Getting to Horseshoe Lake Recreation Area.
From the east side of the loop 101, take the Pima Road Exit and then Pima Road north for 12 miles until the intersection of Pima and Cave Creek Roads meet. Then take Cave Creek Road east for four miles until you see the turnoff for Bartlett Dam Road. Take Bartlett Dam Road east for 6.2 miles to the turnoff to Horseshoe Dam Road, which is on the north side of Bartlett Dam Road. Take Horseshoe Dam Road north for 11 miles to Horseshoe Lake. The first mile or so of this road is paved before it turns into a rough dirt road. When turning on Bartlett Dam Road, the Cave Creek Ranger Station is immediately there, where Tonto National Forest daily use passes (six dollars) may be purchased. After Cave Creek Road goes north past Bartlett Dam Road, it turns into Seven Springs Road, which the Seven Springs Recreation Area is another great area to explore that isn't far from Horseshoe Lake.
Map # 2: A closer view of Horseshoe Lake.
Most of Horseshoe Lake is in Yavapai County. However, there is still a lot of space to scan in Maricopa County once reaching the end of the road at mile marker 11. Scanning from mile marker 11 once parking, most of the birds that are in sight will be in Maricopa County anyways.