DescriptionAccessed via SR 89, SR 89A and SR 69 off I-17 in central Arizona, Prescott National Forest encompasses two long mountain ranges with varying elevations. In addition to its major access routes, other scenic but primitive roads not recommended for low-clearance vehicles penetrate the 1,238,154-acre forest. Phone ahead for current road condition updates.
Developed recreation areas are at Mingus Mountain and in Prescott Basin. The forest also contains Granite Mountain Trail (a National Recreation Trail), and Lynx Lake where boating and fishing take place all year. Camping, picnicking, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking and horseback riding are popular recreational pursuits in the forest; many trails can be enjoyed year-round. Groom Creek is an equestrian-only campground. Most campgrounds are first-come, first-served; Lynx Campground and Groom Creek accept reservations. Some popular day-use areas in Prescott have a $5 parking fee. Hunting is permitted in season with the appropriate state game license obtained from the Game and Fish Department (Kingman office); phone (928) 692-7700.
For further information contact Prescott National Forest, Bradshaw Ranger District, 344 S. Cortez St., Prescott, AZ 86303; phone (928) 443-8000 Mon.-Fri. 8-4:30.