Prescott National Forest Guide

Prescott National Forest offers over 1.25 million acres of land that spans across elevations ranging from 3,000 to 8,000 feet. The forest was established in 1898 as the Prescott Forest Reserve. Initially, it covered only 16 sections of land near Prescott. Over the years, the forest expanded, eventually reaching Granite Mountain in the north and, in the south, Black Canyon City. In 1908 the Prescott Forest Reserve merged with the Verde National Forest and was renamed Prescott National Forest. Encompassing everything from desert to mountains, Prescott offers something for every traveler while preserving the stunning natural resources of the area. 

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Prescott National Forest Hiking Trails

Things to Do

Activities in Prescott National Forest

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How to get to Prescott National Forest

Address: Prescott, AZ 86301

Fee: Entry fee (one-day vehicle pass) $5.0

Fee: Entry fee (four-month vehicle pass) $20.0

Fee: Entry fee (annual vehicle pass) $40.0

From the desert floor painted with cactus and boulders to the pine trees and sparkling lakes near the mountain tops, Prescott National Forest is the perfect stop on your RV trip through the Southwest. With so much to explore, you’ll want to leave yourself plenty of time to experience everything Prescott National Forest has to offer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Prescott National Forest

What is the best time to visit Prescott National Forest?

September and October are great times to visit Prescott National Forest! The summer adventurers are gone and the weather is mild so you can still get outdoors to hike, bike, and more.

What is the closest town to Prescott National Forest?

The closest town to Prescott National Forest is Prescott, Arizona. There are campgrounds, hotels, restaurants, and plenty to do in Prescott when you need to head to town.

What type of wildlife lives in Prescott National Forest?

Prescott National Forest is home to pronghorn, deer, bear, mountain lions, javelina, bobcats, and tassel-eared squirrels. Visitors may also spot bald eagles, ospreys, and a variety of other birds.

Can you kayak, canoe, or raft in Prescott National Forest?

You can kayak and canoe in Prescott National Forest. Lynx Lake and the Horsethief Basin Recreation Area both allow non-motorized boats. The Verde River is another great canoeing and kayaking option.

Is Prescott National Forest open all year round?

Yes, Prescott National Forest is open year-round. While the developed campgrounds close for the winter, day-use areas and trails are able to be used all year.