|The Prescott National Forest is in a mountainous section of central Arizona between forested plateaus to the north and arid desert to the south. The natural beauty of mountain tops, clear lakes and rivers, great varieties of fish, unique wildlife, and remnants of cultural heritage provide settings for a diversity of outdoor recreation activities.The 1.25 million acres of this forest are located in the mountains of central Arizona. Forest outdoor recreation activities include camping, picnicking, fishing, hunting, driving for pleasure, nature photography, mountain climbing, hiking, and horseback riding. The forest contains 10 campgrounds, 4 group reservation campgrounds, 7 picnic areas, and 2 group reservation picnic areas. Nearly 450 miles of scenic trails for hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, or mountain biking are offered on the Prescott National Forest.The Prescott National Forest offers camping, picnicking, fishing, hunting, driving for pleasure, nature photography, mountain climbing, hiking, and horseback riding.Comprised of about 1.25 million acres, the Prescott National Forest borders three other National Forests in Arizona: the Kaibab National Forest, Coconino National Forest, and Tonto National Forest. Roughly half of the Prescott National Forest lies west of the city of Prescott, Arizona, in the Juniper, Santa Maria, Sierra Prieta, and Bradshaw Mountains. The other half of the Forest lies east of Prescott and takes in the Black Hills, Mingus Mountain, Black Mesa, and the headwaters of the Verde River.At the lowest elevation, the primary vegetation of the Prescott National Forest is of the Sonoran Desert type. As the elevation rises, chaparral becomes common, followed by pinon pine and juniper. Above that, Ponderosa pines, which is what Prescott is known for, dominates the landscape.The Prescott National Forest is guardian of more than 100,000 acres of wilderness represented by 8 wilderness areas. Of these, Granite Mountain Wilderness is the most popular because it is only 20 minutes from the city of Prescott, Arizona, accessible from a paved road.|
|Facilities: Prescott National Forest contains 12 campgrounds, several picnic areas, over 400 miles of trails for mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, and all terrain vehicles. Other facilities can be found in Prescott, Arizona or other surrounding communities.|
Best Time To Visit: Prescott National Forest offers a variety of recreation year-round.
Fees: Campgrounds and other Prescott National Forest attractions may charge a fee. Much of the Forest is free.
Accessibility: Several developed sites at some campgrounds within the Prescott National Forest offer barrier-free access for users experiencing disabilities.
Rules: There are a variety of rules to consider when visiting any National Forest. Please contact the local Forest Ranger of the Prescott National Forest for more specific information.Obey all posted rules.Observe any fire restrictions and all fire regulations within the Prescott National Forest.Any mechanized travel is prohibited in the wilderness areas of the Prescott National Forest and all National Forests.Preserve and protect your National Forests. Leave natural areas the way you find them. Practice "Leave No Trace" ethics.
Directions: Comprised of about 1.25 million acres, the Prescott National Forest borders three other National Forests in Arizona: the Kaibab National Forest, Coconino National Forest, and the Tonto National Forest.Roughly half of the forest lies west of the city of Prescott, Arizona, in the Juniper, Santa Maria, Sierra Prieta, and Bradshaw Mountains.The other half of the Prescott National Forest lies east of Prescott and takes in the Black Hills, Mingus Mountain, Black Mesa, and the headwaters of the Verde River.
Map: Click here for a map to Prescott National Forest
Reservations: Some campgrounds within the Prescott National Forest may accept reservations but most areas are accessible without reservation. All campgrounds have campsites that are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.Please call the Forest Ranger for further information.
|Prescott National Forest|
|344 South Cortez Street|
|Prescott, Arizona 86303|
|General: (928) 443-8000|
|Fax: (928) 443-8008|